BBC Bitesize Daily lessons: schedule, famous teachers involved and how to access the home learning tool online

With lockdown still in place across the UK, schools across the country will remain shut for the foreseeable future and parents have been tasked with homeschooling their kids

This is how to help keep your children learning as lockdown continues in the UK (Photo: Shutterstock)

Help is at hand, however, as the BBC launches its new home learning tool, Bitesize Daily.

Created in collaboration with 200 teachers and featuring a host of famous faces, the virtual learning platform aims to teach the nation’s children using the UK’s national curriculums.

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Here’s everything you need to know - and how to access the lessons.

What is BBC Bitesize Daily?

BBC Bitesize Daily is a new home learning tool that offers 14 weeks of curriculum-based learning for kids across the UK.

Available from 20 April, lessons are available for children in Year 1/P2 up to Year 10/S4.

Replicating the school day, the programme gives parents “lessons” tailored to each of the country’s national curriculums.

Collaborating with teachers and education specialists, the programme will feature a host of familiar faces who will deliver lessons on their specialist subjects to kids.

The comprehensive package is aimed at minimising disruption to children’s education and providing rhythm and routine in these challenging times.

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Who are the teachers?

Each week day from 9am, six 20-minute-long programmes will air on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button, targeting six age groups, from five to 14.

These programmes will feature teachers, experts and famous faces covering topics about what that age group is learning that day.

In week one students will meet; Mr Burton (Educating Yorkshire), Ms Webb (Primary), Mr Brown (Secondary), Ms Armit (Secondary), Mr Mycock (Secondary) and Mr McPartlin of Britain’s Got Talent fame.

A host of familiar faces are also signed up to keep students motivated and on track with inspirational messages of support and tips on how to stay focused.

Some celebrities appearing include:

- Sir David Attenborough, teaching kids about oceans, the environment and animals

- Professor Brian Cox, renowned physicist, teaching science lessons like explaining the solar system and gravity

- Manchester City footballer Sergio Aguero teaching Spanish

- Ed Balls, former MP, teaching maths

- Eastenders actor Danny Dyer delivering a lesson on Henry VII, with some help from Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker

- Musicians Liam Payne, Mable and more will be taking on a week long Musical Big Read - an extension to a weekly Book Club that will run throughout the 14-week term and see stars including Anita Rani and Oti Mabuse read books aimed at both primary and secondary aged kids.

What’s the BBC Bitesize Daily schedule?

Weekly schedules will be shared with teachers on BBC Teach, BBC Bitesize, on social media and via the BBC’s Bitesize newsletter, at least a week in advance.

To sign up for the newsletter go to the website here.

How do I access BBC Bitesize Daily?

On the BBC’s Bitesize Daily website, select which age range of lessons you’d like to look at.

Simply click your preferred class and you’ll be taken to the hub with those lessons in it.

For example, if you select Year 10/S4 lessons, you’ll see lessons in subjects such as English, maths, history, geography and more from Monday 20 April to Friday 24 April.

Click on a lesson and you’ll be taken to a new page which lays out the objective of the lesson and features videos, animations, practice activities, quizzes and games to get kids learning.

Each weekday there will be brand new lessons featured.

Alice Webb, Director BBC Children’s & Education, said: “We’re proud that the BBC can bring together so many people to offer such a wide-ranging package of support to help children and parents right across the UK at such a challenging time.

“We said the BBC would be there for people through this crisis, and we meant it. It’s vital that every child is able to continue learning - and the lessons we’re putting on will make sure they have fun at the same time.”