Homeschooling: BBC Bitesize Daily – Summer Term Timetable
Staff Reporter | On 08, Jun 2020Reading time: 11 mins
The BBC opens its doors once again today to its new homeschooling initiative, Bitesize Daily.
The virtual learning push brings together more than 200 teachers a host of celebrities to help parents provide curriculum-based learning for kids in years 1 to 10 across the UK.
Running for 14 weeks in collaboration with education specialists, it will include Professor Brian Cox teaching key science topics including force and gravity, Manchester City footballer Sergio Aguero getting kids counting in Spanish, music stars Mabel and Liam Payne combining music and reading for secondary school kids, Ed Balls going back to his economics roots to deliver a KS3 maths class, and direct descendant of King Edward III Danny Dyer delivering the facts on Henry VIII as he brings history to KS1 pupils. Sir David Attenborough will help youngsters to learn about the oceans, mapping the world, and why animals look the way they do.
For the final half-term of the school year, Bitesize Daily will be showcasing the very best in English, science, sports and creativity through specific themed weeks – as well as bringing more famous faces on board to support the virtual school. Also on board for the final half-term are stars including David Walliams, Pixie Lott, Jodie Kidd, Dina Asher-Smith and Scarlett Moffatt, who will be reading a selection of key texts for Celebrity Book Club on Bitesize Daily (Primary) and The Big Read on Bitesize Daily (Secondary). Children’s TV presenters, Sam and Mark will also be joining Bitesize Daily as presenters as well as BBC Radio 5Live’s Nihal Arthanayake.
As well as focused weeks on TV, Bitesize Daily Lessons online will also be working with partners from the worlds of sport, arts and museum on lessons and activities to try at home. Bitesize Daily Lessons will also continue to partner with the best of the UK’s education industry – including favourites like Pearson, SAM Learning, Classroom Secrets, Times Tables Rock Stars, Sparx, TES, Twinkl, GCSE Pod, Britannica Learning and many more – to curate age appropriate resources for teachers, parents and learners.
With daily lessons available from 9am each week day on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button, the result is BBC Bitesize Daily, which will deliver learning across BBC iPlayer, Red Button, the BBC Bitesize website and app, BBC Four and BBC Sounds.
Here’s how it works:
BBC Bitesize on iPlayer – Daily
Every day, programmes 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. Each programme will be available on BBC iPlayer as well as having its own regular slot on BBC Red Button aiding routine and daily structure.
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.
Find the group of programmes you need here:
BBC Bitesize Online – Daily
From Bitesize Daily, parents and children will be directed online to BBC Bitesize for an age appropriate ‘daily drop’ of specially curated videos, quizzes, podcasts and worksheets to bring to life core curriculum subjects such as Maths, English and Science, as well as being offered suggestions on how to extend learning around the home.
Bitesize Daily Online will deliver a newly created Maths, English and Science 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 to 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).
BBC Bitesize – Themed Weeks
Sports (Primary) – 6th July to 10th July
Each day on BBC Bitesize Daily Primary (BBC iPlayer and Red Button), high-profile sports stars will lead a short activity on an essential sporting skill as well as sharing important wellbeing advice that can be applied to all aspects of home life. As well as learning from leading sports personalities, coaches will also be in the studio to talk in detail about the activities and wellbeing. The daily schedule includes Balance and core strength with British Cycling (Monday), Hand-eye coordination with the England and Wales Cricket Board (Tuesday), Flexibility with British Gymnastics (Wednesday), Speed and agility with the Premier League and Liverpool FC (Thursday) and a virtual sports day on Friday.
Creative (Secondary) – 29th June to 3rd July
A Creative Week on Bitesize Daily Secondary sees music stars Liam Payne, Mabel, Gracey and Sea Girls take part in a special Big Song, replacing the Big Read. Here they’ll read the lyrics to their songs, explain the meaning behind them and set creative writing tasks for students.
Science (Primary and Secondary) – 29th June to 3rd July
As school science labs remain shut, Bitesize Daily Primary and Secondary will be bringing science straight into the living in partnership with the Science Museum Group. Get ready to learn about science in a fun and interactive way, view table top experiments from the Science and Industry Museum and even see some BIG experiments from Wonderlab: The Equinor at the Science Museum in London.
Dr Who’s Jodie Whittaker will also talk about outer space and the Solar System while Helen Sharman, the first British astronaut to go to space will read an extract from her autobiography Seize The Moment: The Autobiography Of Britain’s First Astronaut.
Geography (Primary) – 16th to 30th June
Students will be treated to a short geography lesson taught by national treasure, Sir David Attenborough. Sir David will appear on Bitesize Daily Primary as he educates the nation’s primary students on continents and oceans. He’ll also appear on 30th June as he teaches a science lesson about animal evolution, dinosaurs and fossils on Bitesize Daily (primary).
Shakespeare Fortnight (Primary and Secondary) – 15th to 26th June
The life and work of William Shakespeare will be explored in Shakespeare Fortnight created in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Over the course of the two weeks, Bitesize Daily TV programme which is available on BBC iPlayer and Red Button will see famous faces read adapted Shakespeare extracts for the daily Book Club (primary) and Big Read (secondary). Martin Freeman is set to appear alongside other famous RSC actors including Niamh Cusack, Bally Gill, Natalie Simpson and Jamie Wilkes.
Online, special lessons made in partnership with the RSC include Shakespeare’s Words, Shakespeare’s audience, Kings And Succession in Shakespeare (KS3), Shakespeare And The Language Of Love, Character Journeys In Shakespeare, and Meaning In Shakespeare’s Language (Year 10). Year nines will have key texts dissected helping learners to understand Shakespeare’s most famous plays. All lessons will use Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth as the lead texts. All reading lessons on the second Friday for years one to nine will have a focus on Shakespeare based on the Book Club / Big Read of that day.
Take On The Teacher (Instagram Live) – Thursdays
Every Thursday at 10.30am, year 10 students are given the chance to grill one of the Bitesize teachers in an Instagram Live on Bitesize Instagram. These lives give students the opportunity to ask a high school teacher questions on Maths, Science and English and then take part in a live quiz to test what they’ve learnt.
Celebrity Supply Teacher (Primary) – Daily
From 8th June to 3rd July, a host of famous faces will deliver fun-filled lessons to children in lockdown from the comfort of their own homes, bringing a passion for their subject and an insight from their own experiences – including Geri Horner with tips on creative writing, Marcus Rashford teaching PE, Gary Lineker teaching Spanish, Tim Peake discussing the science of space rockets, Matthew Morrison on musical theatre, and Kelis sharing her cookery tips. The episodes are loosely based around the primary school curriculum and air at 9.25am on weekdays.
Parents will be able to access further advice about teaching via BBC Bitesize Facebook and Twitter, which will be updated regularly with helpful guides.
Two new daily education podcasts – BBC Bitesize Primary Planner and BBC Bitesize Secondary Planner – will be available on BBC Sounds aimed at parents of primary and secondary pupils. Each episode lasts around 10 minutes and will be a guide to help families who are homeschooling find content on the BBC that supports their education and wellbeing.
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.
The Beauty of Diagrams – Nightly
Series in which mathematician Marcus du Sautoy explores the stories behind some of the most familiar scientific diagrams. Airing from 1st to 5th June.
Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain – Mondays
Andrew Marr presents a history of Britain from the end of the Second World War to the start of the third millennium.
Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity – Wednesdays
Professor Jim Al-Khalili tells the story of our quest to master the power of electricity in this three-part series.
Earth from Space – Thursdays
Cameras in space tell stories of life on our planet from a brand new perspective.
Meet the Romans (3 episodes) – until April 2021
Modern Medicine (3 episodes) – until April 2021
Music and Power (3 episodes) – until April 2021
Chemistry: A Volatile History (3 episodes) – until April 2021
Other classic drama adaptations on the current exam syllabus are being shown on BBC TV:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Adapted for television by Russell T Davies.
Available until: April 2021
Jane Austen’s Emma
Tess Of The D’Urbevilles starring Gemma Arterton
JB Priestley’s An Inspector Calls
BBC lines up curriculum-based programming for 14 weeks
6th April 2020
The BBC has lined up a comprehensive programme of curriculum-based content for the coming 14 weeks.
The Beeb’s move, in response to the closure of schools during the coronavirus outbreak, aims to ensure that every child in the UK has the opportunity to continue to follow the appropriate core parts of their nation’s school curriculum. Whether complementing what schools are providing remotely, or as a standalone resource, the 14-week schedule will bring educational content to every household in the country, using famous faces such as Karim Zeroual, Oti Mabuse and Katie Thistleton alongside teachers and organisations such as Royal Shakespeare Company, Premier League and Puffin Books.
Daily programmes will help guide parents and children through their learning day, supported by BBC Bitesize’s online lessons for all age groups. Content such as videos, quizzes, podcasts and articles will bring core subjects to life. Navigating around the content will be simple for parents and children to follow as all content will be divided into age groups. From watching the 20 min programme on BBC iPlayer or BBC Red Button relevant to the child’s age, parents will be directed to the resources available that day for that child on BBC Bitesize online. BBC Bitesize online will home a new Maths and English lesson for every child every day with more subjects to follow. BBC Bitesize will be the one stop shop for all the educational resources whether that be podcasts, videos, quizzes and importantly lessons.
Working closely with teachers, well trusted education providers such as Twinkl and White Rose Maths, the Department of Education in England, the Welsh Government, Scottish Government and Northern Ireland Executive, the BBC will provide nation specific, curriculum led activities and programming to complement the remote learning being offered by schools and to keep up every child’s educational momentum.
The schedule will kick off on 20th April, the start of the summer term for most children.
Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC, says: “In these uncertain times parents look to the BBC to support them and offer education while children can’t be in school. This is the biggest education effort the BBC has ever undertaken. This comprehensive package is something only the BBC would be able to provide.”
Watch this space for more.