Attenborough to teach children in BBC’s Bitesize Daily lessons

The renowned TV broadcaster and conservationist is among the celebrities to be involved with the homeschooling initiative set up by the BBC.

David Attenborough filming at Stokksnes beach in Iceland for Seven Worlds, One Planet. © Alex Board/BBC NHU

In order to help teachers and parents around the UK with homeschooling during the coronavirus pandemic, the BBC has launched daily lessons to teach children a variety of subjects.

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A number of famous faces have been recruited to help, including Sir David Attenborough who will be teaching about oceans and why animals look they way they do.

The Bitesize Daily lessons will be on the BBC’s existing Bitesize website, and there will be lessons available in the core subjects for the primary and secondary school years between year 1 and year 10. There will also be an additional weekly, age-appropriate ‘Book Club’.

Bitesize Daily will run for 14 weeks, and is aimed at supporting learning in the home environment.

The 20 minute shows have been prepared with, and will be presented by, teachers and education experts. In addition, a range of celebrities have also been recruited to help present the lessons and to read books for the ‘Book Club’:

  • Sir David Attenborough
  • Jodie Whittaker
  • Professor Brian Cox
  • Anita Rani
  • Danny Dyer

“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,” says Alice Webb, Director BBC Children’s & Education.

“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.”

BBC Four is allocating time each weekday evening for programmes to support students studying GCSEs and A-Levels.


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Main image: David Attenborough filming at Stokksnes beach in Iceland for Seven Worlds, One Planet. © Alex Board/BBC NHU