Learning goes live to support families homeschooling

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To keep kids entertained while they’re at home, there are lots of free live resources which bring some fun to learning, creativity and staying active. The kids will think they’re just watching TV!

As well as PE with Joe Wicks and Dance with Oti Mabuse, here are some other livestreams and recorded content your kids can enjoy.

Great ideas for younger children:

  • Let’s go live
    Every weekday morning at 11am, CBeebies presenters Maddie and Greg are live on YouTube looking at a different topic every week, with fun facts, games and activities. Topics covered so far include Nature, Space, The Body and Dinosaurs. There is a full archive to explore.
  • Draw with Rob
    Twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays children’s writer and illustrator Rob Biddulph launches a new video to show children how to draw some of their favourite characters.
  • Wildlife homeschool
    Every Wednesday at 9.30am on YouTube, presenter Steve Backshall is live bringing the great outdoors into your home. He looks at different wildlife each week with information about the plants and animals we can see around us.
  • Music with Myleene
    Curriculum-based fun music lessons for any age and ability and no instruments needed. New videos every week featuring Myleene and her family.
  • Reading rocks
    Here your kids get to be in the hotseat. Reading Rocks Reviews gives you access to free English projects for KS1 and KS2 where children write, video and share their own vlog-style book reviews with the help of some well-known authors including Michael Rosen.

For older children:

  • Theatre from the sofa
    Lots of theatres are offering recordings of plays and musicals for limited periods. Check out what’s on offer from the National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe and The Shows Must Go On! featuring musicals from Andrew Lloyd Webber.
  • TED talks
    Inspirational children and teens talking about ideas, adventures and their life passions to help motivate older children. There’s loads to explore whatever their interests.
  • Music matters
    Lots of artists are regularly live streaming from Radiohead to Christine and the Queens. There is also Together at Home from Global Citizen which is raising money for charity and featuring artists such as Lady Gaga, John Legend and Coldplay.

In addition to these great resources, BBC Bitesize recently launched a whole host of daily lessons on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Bitesize website to help children and young people learn a range of subjects. Visit bbc.co.uk/Bitesize to learn more.

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