Over 200 teachers and a host of well-known faces to teach the nation’s kids as BBC opens its doors for virtual learning
The BBC has opened the doors to its biggest ever education offer, Bitesize Daily, and the teaching roll call looks mightily impressive with a register full of familiar names.
Available from Monday 20th April, and collaborating with teachers and education specialists, the impressive roster has been compiled in just four weeks and will offer 14 weeks of curriculum based learning for kids across the UK. It's the biggest Education offering in the BBC's history, working closely with trusted education providers, teachers and partners. All elements of Bitesize Daily have been developed with teaching professionals.
Some well-known faces:
Renowned physicist, Professor Brian Cox will bring science lessons to life as only he can as he covers topics including the solar system, force and gravity.
Sergio Aguero, Manchester City’s star striker, famed for his precision and skill on the pitch, turns his attention to numbers as he sets about getting kids across the country counting in Spanish! And former MP, Ed Balls continues the number theme as he goes back to his political roots in economics to deliver a KS3 maths class.
Danny Dyer, EastEnders actor and direct descendant of King Edward III, delivers the facts on another historic king, Henry VIII as he brings history to KS1 pupils whilst Doctor Who’s Jodie Whittaker will also be dropping into Bitesize Daily lessons.
Sir David Attenborough, known the world over for his natural history documentaries, is also set to be involved, helping youngsters to learn about the oceans, mapping the world and why animals look the way they do.
Reading and music come together as Liam Payne, Mabel and a host of musical stars take part in 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.
Both in front of and behind the camera, over 200 teachers have come together to help the nation's children learn whilst schools are closed. 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.
They will all front daily lessons available from 9am each week day on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button.
How to Access BBC Bitesize Daily
BBC Bitesize Daily is available via BBC iPlayer, Red Button, BBC Bitesize website and app, BBC Four and BBC Sounds:
BBC Bitesize Daily on iPlayer & Red Button
Every day, 6 x 20 min programmes, Bitesize Daily, will air on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button, targeting six age groups, from 5 to 14, where teachers, experts and famous faces cover off what that age group should be learning that day.
These shows are aimed at all children across the UK and split into age groups 5-7 years, 7-9 years, 9-11 years, 11- 12, 12-13 years and 13-14 years.
Bitesize Daily Online
Bitesize Daily Online delivers a newly created Maths and English lesson every day, for each year group from 1-10.
As well as offering resources in Maths, English and Science, parents and children will find resources for other subjects such as history, geography and art. The online content will also complement the daily broadcast with video, quizzes, infographics and articles that help children build on the learning from each broadcast.
The website will also house guides offering help to parents about how to teach their child, advice for effective home schooling, and guides for pupils with SEN (Special Education Needs).
Two brand new daily education podcasts will be available on BBC Sounds, aimed at parents of primary and secondary pupils. Each episode lasts around ten minutes and will be a guide to help families who are homeschooling find content on the BBC that supports their education and wellbeing. Both podcasts - BBC Bitesize Primary Planner and BBC Bitesize Secondary Planner - will be available on voice devices too.
BBC Four is devoting a block of programming each weekday evening to shows that support GCSE and A-Level curriculums, bringing back premium factual programmes presented by some of Britain’s most authoritative voices on Science and History.
For students studying Science, programmes of interest for them include Pain, Pus & Poison, Chemistry: A Volatile History, Blood & Guts: A History of Surgery and Shock & Awe: The Story of Electricity.
For students of History, highlighted programmes include Mary Beard’s Meet the Romans, Michael Wood’s Story of England, Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain and Tunes For Tyrants.
These factual programmes are in addition to the previously announced Shakespeare plays which will see BBC Four broadcast theatre versions of Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado about Nothing, Othello and Hamlet.