BBC Bitesize Daily – celebrities join teachers as lessons revealed

The BBC's 14-week homeschooling service, Bitesize Daily, launches with a fascinating mix of educational lessons and some stars among the teachers

Homeschooling BBC Bitesize

The BBC has launched BBC Bitesize Daily, designed to support every schoolchild in the UK with their education over what would have been the school summer term. The BBC is offering curriculum-based daily programmes across BBC iPlayer, BBC Bitesize website and app, BBC Four, BBC Sounds and Red Button. The educational service is collated into a daily programme of lessons covering the school curriculum for 5 to 18 years..

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What is BBC Bitesize Daily?

BBC Bitesize Daily is a combination of new programmes and resources, plus the cream of BBC educational archive content and features 200 teachers and an array of celebrity tutors, including Professor Brian Cox and singer Liam Payne.

Brian Cox and Liam Payne BBC Bitesize Daily
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The star-studded content for BBC Bitesize Daily will include:

  • Counting in Spanish with Sergio Aguero – Manchester City footballer teaches his native Spanish
  • Maths with Ed Balls – former politician and trained economist teaches KS3 maths
  • Space Science with Professor Brian Cox –  Pop star turned science presenter gives classes on the solar system, force and gravity
  • Henry V111 with Danny Dyer – the EastEnders actor delivers history to KS1 pupils
  • Jodie Whittaker – TV’s Doctor Who will deliver Bitesize Daily lessons
  • Music with Liam Payne and Mabel – a mix of musical stars contribute to a week-long Musical Big Read
  • Oceans and animals with Sir David Attenborough 
  • Reading with Anita Rani and Oti Mabuse – weekly book club

Other celebrities include TV presenter Karim Zeroual and TV and Radio 1 presenter Katie Thistleton. Major instituions are also involved, including the Premier League, Puffin Books and Royal Shakespeare Company. It’s also working with the Department of Education and education companies Twinkl and White Rose.

So what will this BBC service look like?

BBC Bitesize Daily Online

What: New daily Maths and English lessons. The lessons will involve content from BBC Bitesize content and other education providers. There will also be resources for other subjects, such as Science, Art, History and Geography. There will be a daily drop of videos, quizzes, podcasts, worksheets and how to extend learning within the home. Plus there will be parental homeschooling guides and help for children with Special Education Needs
Example: A lesson on Rosa Parks for Year 1 children with video, tasks and lots of questions to ask

BBC Bitesize lesson examples

Age: Year 1 to Year 10 – different content per year group
When: Daily
Where: BBC Bitesize website

BBC Bitesize Daily

What: 6 x 20 minute new programmes featuring teachers, experts and celebrities on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button. They’ll cover topics and teaching on a series of curriculum subjects
Age: 5-7 years, 7-9 years,   9-11 years, 11- 12, 12-13 years and 13-14 years
When: Daily
Where: Structured timings on BBC iPlayer and a regular slot on BBC Red Button.
Tip: This is the link you’ll need to get straight to the Bitesize section on BBC iPlayer. If you’re watching on a TV screen, you may need to search for ‘Bitesize’ to find the content

BBC Bitesize on iPlayer

BBC iPlayer

What: Curated educational content to offer curriculum-based programmes organised by year group
Age: Year 1 to Year 10 – different content per year group
When: Daily
Where: BBC iPlayer app and website
Tip: This is the link you’ll need to get straight to the Bitesize section on BBC iPlayer. If you’re watching on a TV screen, you may need to search for ‘Bitesize’ to find the content

BBC Sounds

What: 2 x new daily 10 minute educational podcasts – BBC Bitesize Primary Planner and BBC Bitesize Secondary Planner. These will be a guide to homeschooling
Age: For parents
When: Daily
Where: BBC Sounds app and website and voice devices such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home

BBC Four

What: Weekday evening programming will be taken over with shows that support GCSE and A’level curriculums. This will include Science, History and Arts programmes such as A Volatile History, Blood & Guts, Shock & Awe: The Story of Electricity, Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain and Tunes For Tyrants, Mary Beard’s Meet the Romans and theatre versions of Shakespeare plays such as Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet
Age: Year 10 to Year 13
When: Daily
Where: BBC Four on BBC iPlayer, Freeview and other streaming services

Where will BBC Bitesize be available?

You can access the content on:

  • New Bitesize Daily programmes on iPlayer and Red Button
  • Daily release of videos, quizzes, podcasts and worksheets relating to core curriculum subjects including Maths, Science and English on BBC Bitesize
  • New daily education podcasts on BBC Sounds
  • BBC Four special programming for GCSE and A’Level students

There will also be lots of activity on BBC Bitesize Facebook and Twitter, plus separate content for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

When does it start?

BBC Bitesize Daily launches on Monday 20 April.

Does that mean schools won’t be going back at all in the summer term?

There have been lots of rumours flying around about schools opening their doors again in early on 11 May, but the Government has yet to confirm any plans. In the meantime, the BBC has created BBC Bitesize to run for a full summer term of 14 weeks.

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