The BBC has kicked off its new Lockdown Learning programme designed to help children keep up with their education during the latest lockdown, with several celebrities getting involved to help teach children.
With a large majority of both primary and secondary schools closed to most pupils during the current lockdown, children will be learning from home and the BBC has launched a new education schedule across TV, the BBC iPlayer and online to help them study.
CBBC will now air three hours of primary school programming every weekday between 9am and 12pm while BBC Two will show two hours of secondary school programming between 1pm and 3pm.
The BBC has now published its first weekly schedule and primary-level children will receive special Celebrity Supply Teacher lessons, with famous faces teaching various subjects and practical skills.
This week features Maths with The Chase star Mark Labbett, English with former Spice Girl Geri Horner, PE with footballer and campaigner Marcus Rashford, Gardening with Emmerdale stars and real-life couple Jeff Hordley and Zoe Henry, and Food Science with chef Heston Blumenthal.
They will also receive Bitesize Daily lessons in various subjects, as well as editions of popular educational shows including Our School, Horrible Histories, Art Ninja and Operation Ouch.
Secondary students meanwhile will receive new content to support the curriculum, including drama adaptations and history titles. This first week of learning is Science Week, with Bitesize Daily lessons followed by Professor Brian Cox documentary series The Planets.
Pupils can also access the online BBC Bitesize collection of educational resources, which caters for those in Years 1 to 9 and students studying for GCSEs and Nationals, while Bitesize Daily lessons will also be on the Red Button. All programmes can be caught up on using BBC iPlayer too.
Parents can look for guidance on the BBC Bitesize social media channels, with Facebook and Twitter focusing on aiding parents and teachers, while teenage students can get additional content on the Bitesize Instagram and TikTok accounts.
There is further information for children and parents in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on the BBC website.
📚 It's the first day of #LockdownLearning. There's three hours of Primary learning on @CBBC, including Celebrity Supply Teacher @MarkLabbett teaching maths and two hours of Secondary learning on @BBCTwo, including @ProfBrianCox's The Planets. pic.twitter.com/XMDlT3Wg0U
— BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) January 11, 2021
BBC director-general Tim Davie has said that it is very important that children across the UK are able to continue learning away from school, saying: "Education is absolutely vital – the BBC is here to play its part and I'm delighted that we have been able to bring this to audiences so swiftly."
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