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At Aylestone School we encourage all pupils to further their learning beyond the classroom and, amongst other things, we encourage pupils to listen to podcasts and radio programmes to support their learning. Here is a list of current suggestions for pupils to explore:

Podcasts and Radio

(BBC Sounds)



General  Programmes

·       The Drama (afternoon play) - Radio 4

Forty-five minute engaging radio plays

·       Just a Minute  Radio 4

Panel game in which the contestants are challenged to speak for one minute without hesitation, deviation or repetition on any subject that comes up

·       I’m Sorry I Haven’t  A Clue - Radio 4

Long-running, self-styled antidote to panel games.

·       From Our Own Correspondent – Radio 4

Stories from BBC correspondents around the world.

·       Beyond Today – Radio 4

News built to last from the BBC. One big question answered each weekday.

·       The Why Factor? - The World Service

The extraordinary and hidden histories behind everyday objects and actions.




·       BBC Inside Science - Radio 4

Adam Rutherford investigates the news in science and science in the news.

·       The Infinite Monkey Cage – Radio 4

Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince.

·       The Life Scientific - Radio 4

Jim Al-Khalili discusses the scientific life with fellow scientists.

·       Putting Science to Work - Radio 4

Jim Al-Khalili and guests work out how science can best be put to work to solve a pressing problem facing society.

·       Plants: From Roots to Riches – Radio 4 Extra

Kathy Willis considers our changing relationship with plants over the last 250 years - from tools to exploit, to objects of beauty, to being an essential resource we must conserve.

·       Seven Ages of Science - Radio 4

A history of science in Britain from the Restoration to the present day. Weaving science back into everyday life, Lisa Jardine shows how the concerns of the scientist are the concerns of us all.



·       Making History – Radio 4

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

·       Witness – World Service

History as told by the people who were there.

·       Witness Black History - World Service

Interviews with people who were there at key moments in black and civil rights history.


·       1914: Day by Day Radio 4

Historian Margaret MacMillan chronicles the road to war in 1914.

·       In Our Time – Radio 4

Discussion programme exploring big ideas.





·       Heart and Soul - World Service

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

·       Beyond Belief - Radio 4

The place of faith in the modern world.

·       Something Understood

Ethical and religious discussion that examines some of the larger questions of life, taking a spiritual theme and exploring it through music, prose and poetry


·       Fit and Fearless - Radio 5 Live

The Science of Exercise

·       Don’t Tell Me The Score – Radio 4

Simon Mundie finds out what sport can teach us about life.…

·       Sporting Witness - World Service

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

·       Sport and the British - Radio 4

Clare Balding presents a 30-part series charting how sport has shaped the British and how Britain has shaped sport



·       Soul Music - Radio 4

Series about pieces of music with a powerful emotional impact.

·       The Voices of... - Radio 4

Musicians talk about their life and work.

·         Laura Barton's Notes from a Musical Island - Radio 4

Laura Barton takes a close listen to music found in different landscapes across Britain.


Computer Science

·       Let’s Talk about Tech - Radio 5 Live

Contemporary issues around gaming

·       Computing Britain - Radio 4

Hannah Fry looks back at 75 years of computing history to reveal the UK's lead role in developing the technologies we rely on today

·       Codes that Changed the World - Radio 4

Aleks Krotoski tells the story of the languages that have been used to talk to machines.

·       Hidden Histories of the Information Age - Radio 4

Aleks Krotoski explores technological innovations and cultural events from the age of communication.



·       More or Less - Radio 4

Tim Harford explains - and sometimes debunks - the numbers and statistics used in political debate, the news and everyday life.

·       A Brief History of Mathematics - Radio 4

Professor of Mathematics Marcus du Sautoy reveals the personalities behind the calculations and argues that mathematics is the driving force behind modern science.

·       A History of Britain in Numbers - Radio 4

Andrew Dilnot, chair of the UK Statistics Authority, brings to life the numbers that highlight the patterns and trends that have transformed Britain.

·       The Supercalculators - Radio 4

Alex Bellos heads to Germany to meet the supercalculators taking part in this year's Mental Calculation World Cup. Prepare to be dazzled by some amazing mathematical feats.


Business Studies

·       In Business - Radio 4

Series of programmes about the whole world of work, public and private, from vast corporations to modest volunteers.

·       The Bottom Line - Radio 4

Probes into the stories behind the business headlines Evan Davis talks to entrepreneurs and company bosses about issues of the day.



·       The Food Programme - Radio 4

Investigating every aspect of the food we eat.

·       The Kitchen Cabinet

Jay Rayner hosts a culinary panel show packed full of tasty titbits that might change the way we think about food, cooking and eating. An expert panel answers audience questions.

·       The Food Chain - World Service

The Food Chain examines the business, science and cultural significance of food, and what it takes to put food on your plate.



·       All in the Mind – Radio 4

Programme exploring the limits and potential of the human mind.



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