David Attenborough to teach geography to school children during coronavirus lockdown

Caroline Allen
Contributor
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David Attenborough can now add geography teacher to his more than impressive list of achievements after he joins BBC's new virtual learning programme, Bitesize Daily.

Attenborough, 93, will educate the UK’s children during the coronavirus lockdown with virtual sessions on many of geography’s big topics.

The broadcaster will cover topics like mapping the world, animal behaviour and the world's oceans.

But he’s far from the only famous face teaching British children new skills during the COVID-19 pandemic, either.

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The new series has enlisted the help of Manchester City striker, Sergio Agüero, who will be on hand to help children with their Spanish.

It’ll also include physicist Professor Brian Cox, who will bring the likes of force, the solar system and gravity to life.

Ed Balls, former shadow finance minister, will re-visit his past by giving maths lessons while actor, Danny Dyer – who is a direct descendant of King Edward III – will be doing a lesson on Henry VIII.

The star-studded line up doesn’t stop there either with more and more celebrities looking to help out where they can during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The website is already brimming with homeschooling content for parents who had to start unexpectedly schooling their children from home.

You can click on the year your children are in at school and you’re then presented with daily lessons.

While some famous faces will do one-off lessons or series, others will do “drop-in sessions”.

Actress Jodie Whittaker slots into the latter category. She will randomly drop into lessons while former One Direction star Liam Payne will give a music and reading class for secondary school children.

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The lessons have been created with education experts to ensure they’re giving the British children everything they need to be successfully homeschooled during the pandemic.

Speaking about the decision, Alice Webb, director of BBC Children's & Education, said: “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.”

The BBC isn’t the first to offer up unique services during the pandemic.

Fitness influencer Joe Wicks has been doing daily PE lessons for children since before the lockdown was announced on his YouTube channel. All proceeds from his videos have been donated to the NHS.

A number of restaurants have also been serving up previously top secret recipes in order to get us through our cravings for our favourite meals during lockdown.