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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

Just because we’re back to home-schooling doesn’t mean teaching your kids has to feel like homework. Instead, why not stream these ace shows to engage and entertain?


Whatever their age – and whatever the subject – you’ll find loads of top educational programming across Virgin TV.


Ready to discover some of the best educational TV shows around? Then read on to get the knowledge. Plus, find out which educational apps you need to know about now that home-schooling is back in the spotlight.


Weekdays from Monday 11 January, CBBC HD (CH 701)

Starting on Monday 11 January, CBBC will be a hub of educational programming for primary students – including BBC Live Sessions, BBC Bitesize Daily and the triumphant return of Celebrity Supply Teacher.



Weekdays from Monday 11 January, BBC Two HD (CH 102)

Focusing on secondary students, BBC Two will be showing programming centred around the GCSE curriculum, promising at least two hours of content every weekday. This includes BBC Bitesize Daily, plus factual shows covering science, history and more.


BBC Bitesize Online

Looking for some useful educational resources for all ages, including structured lessons and practical advice? You’ll find a wealth of handy materials online at BBC Bitesize right now.


BBC Sounds

Find it in Apps & Games > BBC Sounds

In need of some advice on how to manage teaching your kids at home? Bitesize Primary Parents’ Survival Guide and Bitesize Secondary Parents’s Survival Guide are two podcasts that are on hand to provide you with plenty of handy hints and tips.


Maddie’s Do You Know?

Find series 1-4 in Apps & Games > 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 in Apps & Games > 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 in Apps & Games > 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 in Apps & Games > 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!


The Who Was? Show

Find season 1 in Apps & Games > Netflix

Based on the popular series of books, this hilarious sketch show aims to bring some of history’s most famous names to life. From William Shakespeare to Frida Kahlo, it’s time to get acquainted with a host of colourful cultural icons.


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 in Apps & Games > 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 1-6 in Apps & Games > Netflix

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 in Apps & Games > 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®, and a subscription to the service. 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.


How to listen to BBC Sounds on Virgin Media

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


Press Home on your remote

Select Apps & Games

Select All Apps

Select BBC Sounds

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