Issue 18: Radio 4 – What a resource!

I was using radio 4 iplayer to catch up on “Book of the Week” broadcasts, and idly searched on schools and music. Talk about findng buried treasure! Wow!

Here is the home page, where you will find all the material sorted by subject;

Try History; you can get hold of Victorian, Tudor and World War II music.  Or in English you will find story readings – these might make a starting point for composition activities.

Here is the link for Music;

There are a number of different sections for different keystages.

For example, for keystage 2, the new topic for this coming term seems to be Greeks, with David Grant teaching a number of songs following the story of the Heroes of Troy.  Here is the first lesson;

with accompanying vocal and video downloads.  The teachers notes are very comprehensive and include instructions for saving all the downloads to your own computer including song words, music, and a script so the children could perform the play themselves.  Curriculum information is also included.


Here is another fantastic link for sound clips illustrating the music elements (pitch, duration etc) and also world music.

A massive amount of these resources are available to download; try this link

and it’s all free! Amazing! You will find sound clips for Tudor music, Victorian music, sounds of World War II, many stories such as “The Wind in the Willows” read by Bernard Cribbins…. what riches.

If you want to save various recordings, you need to keep an eye on the podcasts. They are available to download for a short while after the broadcast, but then disappear. It is possible to subscribe to a series to receive all the podcasts; the link for this is here;

Used creatively, these resources are magnificent! I guess many non-specialist teachers will be sorely tempted to line up their pupils in front of the whiteboard, set the recordings going and sit back and let it all run its course; and that will be a lot better than the now infamous lessons of “colouring-in to music” of old. As music specialists, it offers us a chance to collaborate with our class-teacher colleagues, using each other’s specialist skills to teach in a well-rounded, cross-curricular way.

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