Sir David Attenborough to teach kids geography during coronavirus pandemic

Sir David Attenborough will begin educating pupils from Monday morning as part of the BBC’s offering to help school children during the coronavirus pandemic.

The legendary presenter will explain topics such as oceans and animals, while a whole range of other famous faces have also joined the corporation’s mission to ensure that kids across the UK have access to curriculum supported learning for the summer term.

The lessons will be available on BBC Bitesize Daily on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button, and all elements have been developed with teaching professionals.

There will be six 20-minute programmes each day, aimed at different age groups. There will also be a maths and English lesson every day for different age groups, daily education podcasts and programmes on BBC Four on weekday evenings to support GCSE and A-level courses.

Other stars set to take part include Manchester City star Aguero, who will help youngsters learn to count in Spanish, and Professor Brian Cox who is due to teach science topics such as force, the solar system and gravity.

On top of that, former shadow chancellor and Strictly Come Dancing star Ed Balls has been recruited to deliver a maths class for 11 to 14-year-olds, and EastEnders actor Danny Dyer, who is a direct descendant of King Edward III, will provide a history class for five to seven-year-olds on Henry VIII.

Alice Webb, director of BBC Children’s & Education said: ‘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.

‘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.’

This news comes after the education secretary admitted that there is no planned date for schools to reopen, as he announced the launch of a national online academy.

Speaking at the daily No 10 press briefing, Gavin Williamson thanked all of those working in schools and nurseries but said he cannot open their doors until the government’s five tests are met.

He said: ‘People are anxious to know when we’re going to relax restrictions, when schools are likely to be fully back and open again.

‘Of course, I want nothing more than to see schools back, get them back to normal, make sure that children are sat around learning and experiencing the joy of being at school.

‘But I can’t give you a date. Because before we do, we need to meet five tests.’

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