Schools may be closed, but that doesn’t mean studies have finished. As parents across the country get to grips with home schooling their children, we’ve got good news for you – some famous faces are on hand to help you out with a lesson plan…
Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, famous folk are broadcasting live from their posh living rooms and fancy home offices, sharing their wisdom with us all.
So here’s your new school timetable:
9am – PE with Joe Wicks
Fitness expert Joe Wicks
Joe was one of the first celebs to offer his services to the nation. His half hour morning workouts are just what we need to get the blood pumping at the start of the day and are suitable for parents and children to do together, just search for ‘PE with Joe Wicks‘ on YouTube. His trademark enthusiasm should be just the ticket to get everyone in a good mood ahead of a day of learning.
From habitats to holotypes, parasites to pademelons, BBC presenter Steve Backshall will bring wildlife into your lounge – mess-free. Each Wednesday he’ll host a live classroom across his social channels.
10am – Science and Maths with Konnie Huq and Carol Vorderman
Time to sit down and learn something. Carol Vorderman has a successful online maths school, which she is making free during the coronavirus outbreak. Log on any day of the week for lots of useful maths lessons for a wide range of ages and abilities.
If your child prefers science, former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq will be releasing videos at 10am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through her official YouTube channel, which she promises will be “educational but entertaining, low tech but fun.”
10.30am – Literacy with David Walliams and JK Rowling
Two of the UK’s biggest-selling children’s authors are doing their best to keep everyone reading. David Walliams is releasing a free audio story from The World’s Worst Children every day at 11am (he’s calling it ‘Elevenses’ – you can listen to it the next day), available via his website. Meanwhile, JK Rowling is relaxing copyright restrictions on her books, to allow teachers to conduct live readings via the internet.
Serving up lessons on the great outdoors indoors are Cbeebies favourite Maddie Moate (Maddie’s Do You Know?) and BBC science journalist Greg Foot. Each weekday they’ll be dropping a live half-show at 11am on Youtube, delving into everything from daffodil Dissection to how to make a bird feeder from a plastic bottle. Thanks to YouTube comment features, kids will also be able to ask their teachers questions in real-time.
Strictly favourite Oti Mabuse is a brilliant choreographer, so it’s no surprise that she has managed to come up with some fun routines for kids. Dancing with her husband Marius, both in animal onesies, their aim is for everyone to have a great time – so no complicated steps, just high energy happy moves with great music. Oti will be live-streaming her kids classes every day at 11.30am via her YouTube channel and Instagram account.
We’ve been impressed with Jamie Oliver’s Keep Cooking and Carry On series over on Channel 4 – and it’ll teach the small ones a thing or two as well. The show airs daily at 5.30pm but is also available on demand.
Myleene Klass is joined by her daughters Ava and Hero for ‘Myleene’s Music Klass’ (see what she’s done there?), teaching children the basics of classical music. The next video will be released on Friday at 10am via her YouTube page – but thanks to the wonders of the internet, you can enjoy it at any time.
Meanwhile, musician Nick Cope is performing online concerts for families. The next one will livestream at 3pm on Thursday 26th March via his YouTube channel and Facebook page.
Yes, that’s the Darcey Bussell from Strictly Come Dancing. A 10-minute children’s dance fitness programme from the ballroom queen and former BBC judge is being broadcast live on Facebook every 1.30pm on weekdays from 30th March.
3pm – Science with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince & guests
The first man of BBC science Brian Cox will be joined by comedian (and fellow host of hit podcast The Infinite Monkey Cage) Robin Ince to front The Stay at Home Show on YouTube. On each episode (airing almost daily) they’ll be joined by guests including Josie Long and Reece Shearmsith for a special science-based Q&A session. You can see an upcoming schedule of their shows here.
Theo Michaels: semi-finalist on Masterchef in 2014 and now your kids’ new teacher. The cooking maestro will be serving up simple recipes (think gnocchi and flatbread) live on Instagram at 4pm each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. He’ll handily post the (very short) list of needed ingredients the day before.
The writer of The Gruffalo is launching a new Facebook series, featuring a live book reading (or song), followed by an art tutorial by illustrators Axel Scheffler, Rebecca Cobb, Lydia Monks, David Roberts and Nick Sharratt. New episodes will be broadcast last from her home at 4pm each Thursday.