How Bitesize will support you while you're learning from home
It's a strange time to be a school pupil right now but wherever you're doing your lessons, BBC Bitesize is here for you - more than ever.
From 20 April, you’ll be able to access regular daily lessons for homeschooling in English and Maths, as well as other core subjects, in an expanded version of our website and also on special programmes broadcast on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button.
We’ve worked with our colleagues in other parts of the BBC and education experts from around the UK to make sure everyone who needs it can access learning resources during this uncertain time. You can also expect some of it to be delivered by well-known faces.
The Bitesize website you use now will expand to offer additional help for students and their parents. New Maths and English lessons will be available every day for all ages. These will be created with resources from Bitesize, other parts of the BBC and other education providers. The content of these lessons will be backed up by new videos, practice tests, educational games and articles. Regular lessons on other core subjects, including science, will also be available. Mums and dads can get advice on how to teach anyone who is home-schooling and the Bitesize website will also have guides for pupils with SEN (special educational needs).
Lessons on screen
BBC iPlayer and the Red Button service will host Bitesize Daily. These are six different 20 minute shows, each designed to target a specific age group, from ages five to 14, and for pupils throughout the UK. Experts and teachers will be involved, covering what should be learned that day for the different year groups and key stages. Maths, Science and English will be covered in dedicated programmes, and other subjects such as History, Geography, Music and Art will also be covered.
For older students, BBC Four is also joining forces with Red Button for evening programmes to support the GCSE and A Level curriculum.
Learners in Scotland can see content specific to the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence every day from 10.00am on the BBC Scotland television channel. Each day, the channel will show a selection of Bitesize videos and Authors Live events for Primary and Secondary learners, covering Literacy, Maths, Sciences, social subjects and expressive arts. You can find out more about content for learners in Scotland from Learn at BBC Scotland and on the @BBCScotLearn Twitter feed.
Listen and learn
In addition, BBC Sounds is also launching separate podcasts, aimed at either primary or secondary pupils, to support everyone learning at home. The daily shows, each around 10 minutes long, will link with content on Bitesize which supports education and also your other needs, in what is likely to be a confusing and worrying time for many young people as we continue to live in lockdown.
Bitesize also has an app. This will be providing daily lessons for 14 and 15 year olds. Find out more about the app here.
The social side of learning
Bitesize’s social media will also look a little different for a while. Its Facebook and Twitter accounts will now focus on parents, where information including study schedules will be shared. Teenage students can still enjoy our Instagram platform, where flashcards, subject guides, memes and some lighter relief in the form of advice and encouragement from well-known faces will be readily available.
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.
“We are proud to be there when the nation needs us, working with teachers, schools and parents to ensure children have access and support to keep their learning going - come what may.
“We have been overwhelmed by the offers of help and support in putting this provision together and are looking forward to ensuring every child can continue to learn, and have fun, through our high-quality teaching and accessible education offer.”
In the meantime, Bitesize is here as usual, and will continue to be so when life returns to normal.