The world’s favorite broadcaster and naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, has started teaching geography online to kids in the United Kingdom on April 20 on the BBC as a part of a new virtual learning program called Bitesize Daily.
In six 20-minute episodes that will run over the course of 14 weeks, Attenborough will cover topics ranging from the world’s oceans to mapping to wild animals. The program is aimed to help out busy parents whose kids are out of school due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Attenborough is only one of a few notable personalities who are helping entertain and educate children during this time. Manchester City soccer star Sergio Agüero is teaching kids to count in Spanish online, while Wonders of the Universe’s Professor Brian Cox is demystifying scientific topics like the solar system, gravity, and force. Former One Direction singer Liam Payne and British award-winning singer Mabel will hold music and reading classes, and actor Danny Dyer, who is a direct descendant of King Edward III, will break down the history surrounding England’s Henry VIII. The celebrities will be supported by 200 professional teachers on and off the air.
“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,” announced Alice Webb, director of BBC’s children’s services.
Bitesize Daily will be available through its official website and app, BBC iPlayer, Red Button, BBC Four, and BBC Sounds. The free Bitesize app is available on both iOS and Android devices.
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