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TV shows to teach the kids

TV shows to teach the kids


The little ones in need of some brain food? Here are some of best picks to get their attention across Virgin TV

By Virgin TV Edit

Home-schooling doesn’t have to feel like homework. Instead, why not stream these ace shows to engage and entertain?


BBC Bitesize Daily

Airing every day on the BBC iPlayer and Red Button, these 20-minute lessons aimed at different age groups feature a raft of celebrity teachers. From Sir David Attenborough teaching geography and Danny Dyer’s history lessons, to Jodie Whittaker, Manchester City footballer Sergio Agüero, Professor Brian Cox and more, school never felt so star-studded!


Bitesize Daily Online

Whether it’s daily lessons in maths and English for every year group or regular science, history, and geography lessons you’re after, you’ll find them on the super handy BBC Bitesize website. Get learning!


BBC Sounds

There are two brand new daily podcasts to listen to on BBC Sounds – BBC Bitesize Primary Planner and BBC Bitesize Secondary Planner.  Both podcasts are designed to help families who are currently home-schooling discover more great content across the BBC.


BBC Four

You can always rely on BBC Four to bring the brain food. Each weekday evening the channel is showing some of the best factual telly around, covering subjects such as chemistry, physics, and history.


Maddie’s Do You Know?

Find it in Catch Up > Channels > BBC iPlayer

Maddie Moate is here to help us discover how things work, including music, washing machines and ice cream, in a series of fascinating two-minute films.


The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That!

Find season 1 on Netflix

Dr Seuss’ fantastic feline creation is on a mission to introduce young children to the world of science and beyond in this charming animated series.


Ask The StoryBots


Find seasons 1-3 on Netflix

Why is the sky blue? Why can’t you eat dessert all the time? Why do people look different? Let curious critters the StoryBots answer these questions and more over three enlightening seasons.


StoryBots Super Songs

Find season 1 on Netflix

Can’t get enough of those StoryBots? Then why not learn even more from them, as they teach all about shapes, colours, emotions and more through the magic of song!


Creative Galaxy

Find seasons 1-3 in Apps & Games > Prime Video

Get ready for loads of amazing adventures with Arty and Epiphany, as they solve the galaxy’s problems with art!


The Magic School Bus Rides Again!

Find seasons 1 & 2 on Netflix

Head out on an amazing adventure, as the popular children’s series is given the reboot treatment and explores the wondrous world of science.


Five Minute Fairy Tales

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

Classic fables that get straight to the point? What’s not to love? Episodes feature Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack And The Beanstalk and The Gingerbread Man.


Horrible Histories

Horrible Histories

Find series 1-5 on Netflix now

Learning about the past has never been more hilarious (or brilliantly witty). Throw in a bunch of top guest stars and you’ve got yourself an award-winning CBBC series!


Julie’s Greenroom

Julie's Greenroom

Find season 1 on Netflix

The always brilliant Julie Andrews gives curious young viewers a fascinating glimpse into how the performing arts work in this inventive series.


How to watch Netflix with Virgin TV

If you have a TiVo® box or Virgin TV V6 box, powered by TiVo®:


Press home on your remote

Select Apps & Games

Select All Apps 

Select Netflix


If you’re already a Netflix subscriber, you can also access the app through Search & Discover or by pressing Red on channel 204. Just sign in with your existing login and start watching. And you’ll only have to log in the first time you use it. 


If you’re new to Netflix, then you’ll need to subscribe to use the app. The easiest way to do this is by going to You can also subscribe using the Netflix app in Apps & Games.


How to watch Amazon Prime Video with Virgin TV

Prime Video is available to all Virgin TV customers with a V6 box, powered by TiVo®. Simply sign up to Amazon Prime Video via their website, and you can log in on the box. And because Prime Video is fully integrated into TiVo®, you can search without even going into the app. Just select Search & Discover from the Home menu and type in the name of the show or movie you’re after.

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