BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons in English, Maths, Science, History, Geography & more inc lessons by David Attenborough
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BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons in English, Maths, Science, History, Geography & more inc lessons by David Attenborough

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BBC Bitesize is a fantastic resource with a lot of material for kids aligned to the national circulum. From April 20 (after the Easter school holidays) they will also be publishing daily lessons for kids in English Maths. There will be six 20 minutes lessons broken down by year group

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Great resource!

Pick your year and start homeschooling
You'll find daily lessons for homeschooling in Maths and English for every year group, as well as regular lessons in Science, History, Geography and more

The homeschooling lessons have been created with teachers and other educational experts and feature a mix of videos, animations, practice activities, quizzes and games.

Check back every weekday for brand new lessons.

Suitable from Year 1 (P2) to Year 10 (S4)


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Daily Lesson Example

Year 1


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Todays English lesson consists of:

  • a video to help you understand different types of stories

  • three activities to do at home.
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Sir David Attenborough, Danny Dyer and Jodie Whittaker are among the celebrity supply teachers who will be helping the BBC educate the nation's schoolchildren during the coronavirus lockdown.

Footballer Sergio Aguero, Ed Balls and Professor Brian Cox are also involved in the virtual learning initiative.

Launched on the day children were due to return to school, the scheme offers 14 weeks of curriculum-based learning.

The programme is the biggest education offering in the BBC's history.

"We said the BBC would be there for people through this crisis and we meant it," said Alice Webb, director of BBC Children's and Education.

"We're proud that the BBC can bring together so many people to offer such a wide-ranging package of support to help children and parents right across the UK at such a challenging time."

UK schools have been closed to all but vulnerable children and those of key workers since 20 March to curb the spread of Covid-19, and the two-week Easter holiday has just finished.

The programme includes BBC Bitesize Daily, airing on BBC iPlayer and the BBC red button, which will feature six 20-minute programmes each day aimed at different age groups.

One Direction starThere will also be a maths and English lesson every day for different age groups, daily education podcasts and programmes on BBC Four on weekday evenings to support GCSE and A-level courses.

Doctor Who actress Jodie Whittaker will be dropping in on Bitesize Daily lessons, while a host of stars will read books aimed at both primary and secondary age children.

They include singer Mabel, Strictly Come Dancing's Oti Mabuse, One Direction member Liam Payne and Countryfile presenter Anita Rani.

Celebrities leading lessons or making appearances include:

  • Manchester City footballer Sergio Aguero, who will help youngsters learn to count in Spanish
  • Sir David Attenborough, who will look at geography topics such as oceans and mapping the world
  • Former shadow chancellor Ed Balls, who will deliver a maths class for 11 to 14-year-olds
  • Professor Brian Cox, who will teach science topics such as force, the solar system and gravity
  • EastEnders actor Danny Dyer, who will give a history class for five to seven-year-olds on Henry VIII
Dyer found out he had royal ancestry in an episode of Who Do You Think You Are?

More than 200 teachers and education specialists have helped develop the programme, which the BBC announced earlier this month.

Launching the scheme on Monday, BBC director general Tony Hall praised the "extraordinary teamwork" underpinning the venture.
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Hope people don’t forget this when complaining about TV licence
Edited by: "baspter94" 21st Apr
jonrobertson20/04/2020 18:25

Utter tripe



Oh, silly me. I guess NASUWT, the second largest teacher union in the UK, didnt say this:

"Under no circumstances is it appropriate for schools to insist that teachers or school leaders make telephone calls or hold one-to-one videoconferences with children."

or this:

"No safeguarding or child protection arrangements in place anywhere in the UK require teachers to make direct contact with pupils."

or this:

"All governments and administrations across the UK are clear that arrangements must be in place to protect those children and young people about whom there are child protection or safeguarding concerns. None of these arrangements requires teachers to contact individual pupils directly."

or this:


"For pupils who are not in school, the formal curriculum has effectively been disapplied during this period and formal education as understood in ordinary times has ceased."

or this:

"As access to online facilities may be limited for many children, it would be highly inequitable for online learning sessions to attempt to cover essential new curricular content. Instead, where such sessions are used, they should focus more on deepening and enriching pupils' existing knowledge and understanding. Free-to-access educational resources, such as those provided by the BBC, may be particularly helpful in this regard."

or this:

"it is not possible or desirable to seek to replicate the expectations of normal working in these extraordinary circumstances;"

I guess, jonrobertson, one of us should be feeling pretty stupid right now. Perhaps one of us should stick to commenting on subjects that we are educated on. May I suggest "breathing through one's mouth" as a topic that may be more suitable.
Actually might do this myself for a refresh of the basics.
PinkHaven20/04/2020 15:04

used today, great idea, my son has adhd/asd and a very short attention …used today, great idea, my son has adhd/asd and a very short attention span so these lessons are just the right amount of time.


Wish I knew this when I was a kid. only found out in my late 30s I had ADHD explains why my life's been such a Trainwreck.
Always felt stupid but knew I was smart (ish) makes so much sense and I could have used it as an advantage had I known and had the meds/help (still waiting as need official diagnosis * 2 year wait, but my psych docs all but confirm it)
The GCSEs I bothered attending, I wrote my name and stared at the paper, revision was impossible.
Tell your son has a superpower but needs to use it correctly.
All the best
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Knowing where the maths is coming from I'd expect these to be high quality.
Brilliants thanks OP 🙏🏼

6 x 20 min programmes, each for a specific age group from 5 - 14

+ BBC Four + Red Button evening shows to support GCSE + A Level curriculum.

+ Bitesize website will also have guides for pupils with SEN.

+ Content specific to NQs + Highers will be on BBC Scotland
Useful - thanks!
Great post, thank you
Voted hot, thanks OP
It's fantastic
Actually might do this myself for a refresh of the basics.
This is great for my daughter as unfortunately her school are providing very little in the way of work and support
RoseyPoseyClaire20/04/2020 10:34

This is great for my daughter as unfortunately her school are providing …This is great for my daughter as unfortunately her school are providing very little in the way of work and support


Glad it helps We use BBC Bitesize for the kids homework. It helps them secure the topic
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RoseyPoseyClaire20/04/2020 10:34

This is great for my daughter as unfortunately her school are providing …This is great for my daughter as unfortunately her school are providing very little in the way of work and support



Teachers in the UK have been actively advised not to engage with students via email or through video platforms because of safeguarding concerns. This is unfortunatrly what happens when the public and government demand such overbearing measures from a profession.
No EYFS, nothing for my 4 year old.
Bitesize is brilliant and this makes it even better, worth the licence fee alone.
Wow, seems like a great learning opportunity, thanks for sharing
Voted hot
atkypne20/04/2020 14:05

No EYFS, nothing for my 4 year old.



Some of the Y1 might be ok. Just view it first yourself to check. Mine has just turned 5 and still early years, but she's ok with some of the Y1 stuff on there.
RoseyPoseyClaire20/04/2020 10:34

This is great for my daughter as unfortunately her school are providing …This is great for my daughter as unfortunately her school are providing very little in the way of work and support



Depending on age checkout Sumdog and Purplemash as well. Those are two we've been provided. Although my daughters school has been ok about providing work to do at home.
Many thanks
heeljames20/04/2020 13:59

Teachers in the UK have been actively advised not to engage with students …Teachers in the UK have been actively advised not to engage with students via email or through video platforms because of safeguarding concerns. This is unfortunatrly what happens when the public and government demand such overbearing measures from a profession.


Our schools are calling each week uploading work sheets and daily challengers giving guidance and supporting wherever needed online and elsewhere
used today, great idea, my son has adhd/asd and a very short attention span so these lessons are just the right amount of time.
superstarbj120/04/2020 14:58

Our schools are calling each week uploading work sheets and daily …Our schools are calling each week uploading work sheets and daily challengers giving guidance and supporting wherever needed online and elsewhere



As I said, theyve been advised. Not forced. We've all be advised to stay at home and observe social distancing. Doesnt mean everyone is doing it.

I've been delivering work and lessons online for 3 months now. But I no longer work in the public system. Each set of schools and boroughs/regions will take a different approach this this outbreak. No school is likely to have a pandemic policy.
Can you view the KS1 lessons on tv?
heeljames20/04/2020 13:59

Teachers in the UK have been actively advised not to engage with students …Teachers in the UK have been actively advised not to engage with students via email or through video platforms because of safeguarding concerns. This is unfortunatrly what happens when the public and government demand such overbearing measures from a profession.


Absolutely 100% correct.
superstarbj120/04/2020 14:58

Our schools are calling each week uploading work sheets and daily …Our schools are calling each week uploading work sheets and daily challengers giving guidance and supporting wherever needed online and elsewhere


Yes, you will find that this is the case for the vast majority of schools, as teachers treat their profession as a vocation and the overwhelming bulk of them want to ensure as much continuity of education as possible for their students.
Thanks, this seems really good and much better than the resources and lessons we have been sent from school which have been really poor and just gets the little one frustrated.
PinkHaven20/04/2020 15:04

used today, great idea, my son has adhd/asd and a very short attention …used today, great idea, my son has adhd/asd and a very short attention span so these lessons are just the right amount of time.


Wish I knew this when I was a kid. only found out in my late 30s I had ADHD explains why my life's been such a Trainwreck.
Always felt stupid but knew I was smart (ish) makes so much sense and I could have used it as an advantage had I known and had the meds/help (still waiting as need official diagnosis * 2 year wait, but my psych docs all but confirm it)
The GCSEs I bothered attending, I wrote my name and stared at the paper, revision was impossible.
Tell your son has a superpower but needs to use it correctly.
All the best
heeljames20/04/2020 13:59

Teachers in the UK have been actively advised not to engage with students …Teachers in the UK have been actively advised not to engage with students via email or through video platforms because of safeguarding concerns. This is unfortunatrly what happens when the public and government demand such overbearing measures from a profession.


Utter tripe
Thanks
Hope people don’t forget this when complaining about TV licence
Edited by: "baspter94" 21st Apr
Already completed it mate
jonrobertson20/04/2020 18:25

Utter tripe



Oh, silly me. I guess NASUWT, the second largest teacher union in the UK, didnt say this:

"Under no circumstances is it appropriate for schools to insist that teachers or school leaders make telephone calls or hold one-to-one videoconferences with children."

or this:

"No safeguarding or child protection arrangements in place anywhere in the UK require teachers to make direct contact with pupils."

or this:

"All governments and administrations across the UK are clear that arrangements must be in place to protect those children and young people about whom there are child protection or safeguarding concerns. None of these arrangements requires teachers to contact individual pupils directly."

or this:


"For pupils who are not in school, the formal curriculum has effectively been disapplied during this period and formal education as understood in ordinary times has ceased."

or this:

"As access to online facilities may be limited for many children, it would be highly inequitable for online learning sessions to attempt to cover essential new curricular content. Instead, where such sessions are used, they should focus more on deepening and enriching pupils' existing knowledge and understanding. Free-to-access educational resources, such as those provided by the BBC, may be particularly helpful in this regard."

or this:

"it is not possible or desirable to seek to replicate the expectations of normal working in these extraordinary circumstances;"

I guess, jonrobertson, one of us should be feeling pretty stupid right now. Perhaps one of us should stick to commenting on subjects that we are educated on. May I suggest "breathing through one's mouth" as a topic that may be more suitable.
heeljames20/04/2020 21:12

Oh, silly me. I guess NASUWT, the second largest teacher union in the UK, …Oh, silly me. I guess NASUWT, the second largest teacher union in the UK, didnt say this:"Under no circumstances is it appropriate for schools to insist that teachers or school leaders make telephone calls or hold one-to-one videoconferences with children."or this:"No safeguarding or child protection arrangements in place anywhere in the UK require teachers to make direct contact with pupils."or this:"All governments and administrations across the UK are clear that arrangements must be in place to protect those children and young people about whom there are child protection or safeguarding concerns. None of these arrangements requires teachers to contact individual pupils directly."or this:"For pupils who are not in school, the formal curriculum has effectively been disapplied during this period and formal education as understood in ordinary times has ceased."or this:"As access to online facilities may be limited for many children, it would be highly inequitable for online learning sessions to attempt to cover essential new curricular content. Instead, where such sessions are used, they should focus more on deepening and enriching pupils' existing knowledge and understanding. Free-to-access educational resources, such as those provided by the BBC, may be particularly helpful in this regard."or this:"it is not possible or desirable to seek to replicate the expectations of normal working in these extraordinary circumstances;"I guess, jonrobertson, one of us should be feeling pretty stupid right now. Perhaps one of us should stick to commenting on subjects that we are educated on. May I suggest "breathing through one's mouth" as a topic that may be more suitable.


You didn't say "individually", Mister smarty pants
atkypne20/04/2020 14:05

No EYFS, nothing for my 4 year old.


This is fantastic for my 8 year old, but you are right, such a shame for the 4 year olds as mine is just a little too young for the KS1 lessons. Still, excellent resource, really appreciate it. If anyone knows of similar stuff for the mini kiddies please post. 😁
Lylaben20/04/2020 22:05

This is fantastic for my 8 year old, but you are right, such a shame for …This is fantastic for my 8 year old, but you are right, such a shame for the 4 year olds as mine is just a little too young for the KS1 lessons. Still, excellent resource, really appreciate it. If anyone knows of similar stuff for the mini kiddies please post. 😁


There's a CBeebies "zone" as part of the Red Button offer, Mon-Fri 1100-1200 I think
Very useful! Thanks!
I started that yesterday and it’s brilliant. So now I can see the dates, they have no choice. Usually I keep telling them to do Bitesize and they keep scrolling , scrolling and always try to find the easier option again and again. Cheers.
baspter9420/04/2020 20:30

Hope people don’t forget this when complaining about TV license



Yes, this is an example of useful and valuable resource.

As opposed to BBC Question Time bias, being government mouthpiece, pretending to be "balanced" climate emergency reporter, harassment of the people who don't even own the TV, etc, etc (there's very long article collating lots of the valid criticism).

Not sure if one right can wipe all the wrongs. This is not the best platform to discuss it, though. Just an opposite view for your comment.
Mentos20/04/2020 14:47

Some of the Y1 might be ok. Just view it first yourself to check. Mine has …Some of the Y1 might be ok. Just view it first yourself to check. Mine has just turned 5 and still early years, but she's ok with some of the Y1 stuff on there.


There is a reception class section on the national academy that the government announced at the weekend..
I'm picking and choosing between the BBC bitesize and the national academy.. i have an 8 and a 5 yr old..
The 5 yr old preferred the academy one because there is a person/teacher who has recorded themselves .. 8 yr old prefers BBC one because it doesn't have a teacher who recorded themselves haha
MPinn21/04/2020 17:35

There is a reception class section on the national academy that the …There is a reception class section on the national academy that the government announced at the weekend.. I'm picking and choosing between the BBC bitesize and the national academy.. i have an 8 and a 5 yr old.. The 5 yr old preferred the academy one because there is a person/teacher who has recorded themselves .. 8 yr old prefers BBC one because it doesn't have a teacher who recorded themselves haha


Thanks for that. Didn't even know they had this
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