BBC Teach Live Lessons - 2021/2022

Give your pupils the buzz of taking part in a live, interactive event with our new series of BBC Teach Live Lessons.

From September 2021, we’re creating 15 new curriculum-linked programmes for primary schools, working with teachers, education specialists and famous faces that your pupils will recognise.

Each 30-minute programme will be live or pre-recorded alongside live interactive comments. You can watch and join in via the Live Lessons website or on the CBBC channel and BBC iPlayer as part of the Bitesize Learning Zone.

We’re also planning one Live Lesson for secondary schools in the new year, which will be available online.

We’d love you to join us with your class – or even better, your whole school! Email us at live.lessons@bbc.co.uk with the name of the lesson you are joining us for, and a shout-out for your school, for the chance of a mention during the programme.

Below are the dates of the first few lessons, with more to be added soon.

September 2021

Get Active! - Live Lesson: 11:00 Thursday, 9 September

Prepare to get ACTIVE! Join us for an interactive PE and PSHE/Health and Wellbeing lesson for 5-11 year-olds which will get your pupils moving, celebrate the fun of physical activity and teach them about the connection between their bodies and their minds.

Olympians the Brownlee brothers surprise children at a sports summer camp and set them a physical challenge to show how movement can support mental health and wellbeing.

In the studio, presenter Ben Shires is joined by scientist Greg Foot to show just how important it is to fuel our bodies in the right way, and they investigate the energy content of different foods… by setting them alight!

Your whole school will also have the opportunity to do a short burst of activity such as a simple warm up and cool down, followed by simple, seated stretches.

Olympic weightlifter silver medallist Emily Campbell talks about her experience in the Tokyo Olympics, as well as answering viewer questions.

Curriculum links: Physical Education/Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)/Health and Wellbeing for 5-11 year-olds.

Watch again: Get Active! - Live Lesson
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Harvest - Live Lesson: 11:00 Wednesday, 22 September

This Harvest-themed lesson looks at where food comes from and how it reaches our tables. We also explore seasonality, distribution and how family traditions are passed down on our plates.

BBC One’s 'Home Cook Hero' Suzie Lee joins our presenter Mwaksy Mudenda in the studio to share one of her favourite family recipes and to help us to create a delicious and nutritious meal using autumnal produce, whilst learning about the ingredients that go into it.

Blue Peter gardener 'green-fingered' George harvests home-grown veggies in his garden, and shows us what we can plant now to harvest in the winter.

We also go behind the scenes at the Heinz factory to learn how they make soup on a massive scale and how what they make finds its way from the field to your supermarket.

Curriculum links: Geography/Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)/Health and Wellbeing/Design and Technology for 5-11 year-olds.

Watch again: Harvest - Live Lesson
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October 2021

Space - Live Lesson: 11:00 Monday, 4 October

This lesson will get your pupils starry eyed for World Space Week. Inspire budding astronomers as we link up with world famous physicist Professor Brian Cox.

This interactive lesson supports Key Stage 2/Second Level science curriculum aims by looking at the relationship between the earth and the moon. Presenter Grace Webb from Grace’s Amazing Machines is joined by scientist Greg Foot for an epic space experiment, where we discover how the moon got its craters by creating a miniature comet in the studio. We also learn about how space tech influences our lives every single day – from watching TV to crossing the road.

Curriculum links: Science/STEM/The World Around Us for 7-11 year-olds.

Watch again: Space - Live Lesson
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Deadly 60: Museum Escape - Live Lesson: 11:00 Thursday, 21 October

Deadly 60’s Steve Backshall is inside London’s Natural History Museum, tracking down the Evil Fossil Hunter in this super science Live Lesson!

Can your pupils help Steve and his young team of Live Lessons palaeontologists solve a series of clues and catch the Evil Fossil Hunter before he manages to escape with a stolen artefact?

This interactive adventure in partnership with London’s Natural History Museum is designed around fossils and what they can teach us about creatures that lived millions of years ago.

Curriculum links: Science/The World Around us for 7-11 year-olds.

Watch again: Deadly 60: Museum Escape - Live Lesson
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November 2021

Bitesize: The Regenerators – Climate Change Live Lesson: 11:00 Wednesday, 10 November

This interactive cross-curricular Live Lesson for primary schools explains what climate change is and inspires children to make a pledge to help the planet.

Content is designed to support the launch of Bitesize: The Regenerators, a new initiative helping young people to understand the issues around climate change and take simple steps to live more sustainably.

This topical Live Lesson coincided with World Science Day for Peace and Development 2021 and the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow.

Curriculum links: Science/The World Around Us/PSHE for 7-11 year-olds.

Watch again: Bitesize: The Regenerators – Climate Change Live Lesson
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Anti-Bullying Week - Live Lesson: 11:00 Monday, 15 November

Join us during Anti-Bullying Week for this Live Lesson in partnership with the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

Anti-Bullying Week ran from 15-19 November 2021 and the theme was One Kind Word.

We created a special half hour interactive programme for 7-11 year-olds to highlight some of the issues around bullying, and the support available - including support for pupils navigating the online world from BBC Own It.

This programme also features a special musical performance by Andy and the Odd Socks.

Curriculum links: Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)/Health Education/Personal Development and Mutual Understanding/Health and Wellbeing for 7-11 year-olds.

Watch again: Anti-Bullying Week - Live Lesson
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December 2021

Winter - Live Lesson: 11:00 Wednesday, 1 December

Woolly jumpers, frozen puddles, snow... winter has arrived! Join us on Wednesday, 1 December for a cross-curricular Live Lesson for 5-7 year-olds all about our coldest season.

In this lesson we will explore seasonal changes and what they look like in different places, encourage children to make observations about their environment and understand how these changes impact on the wider world around them, including on wildlife.

There will be cross-curricular activities for 5-7 year-olds including looking at why days are shorter in the winter, understanding what weather symbols mean and writing poetry by using wintry words.

We’ll also be welcoming some animal guests to the studio, including a hedgehog!

Curriculum links: Science and literacy for 5-7 year-olds.

Where to watch: On the Winter Live Lesson page here and on the CBBC channel.

Winter - Live Lesson
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It's Christmas! - Live Lesson: 11:00 Friday, 10 December at 11:00

'Tis the season to be jolly! Join us for this very festive Live Lesson on Friday, 10 December as we gear up for Christmas.

We'll explore what Christmas is and why we have a Christmas break from school, show how people of all faiths, as well as non-religious people in the UK, spend their time during the Christmas period, and we'll have a VIP backstage tour of a Christmas panto!

We'll also be joined by Jimmy Farm's star Jimmy Doherty who will be sharing a delicious Christmas recipe.

Curriculum links: Religious education and citizenship for 7-11 year-olds.

Where to watch: On the It's Christmas! Live Lesson page here and on the CBBC channel.

It's Christmas! - Live Lesson
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