Lockdown Learning: How BBC Bitesize can help you learn on TV and online in 2021

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Lockdown Learning: How BBC Bitesize can help you learn on TV and online in 2021

As a third national lockdown is under way, the BBC is bringing hundreds of educational resources together to help with home-schooling.

Whether on TV, online or on social media, we have lots of brilliant content to help you learn at home.


  • Starting on Monday 11 January, CBBC will broadcast three hours of primary school programmes from 9am every weekday. They will include BBC Bitesize Daily, as well as other much-loved shows with an educational twist, such as Our School, Celebrity Supply Teacher, Horrible Histories and more.

  • Secondary students will be able to watch two hours of programmes supporting the curriculum on BBC Two every weekday. These will be complemented by drama adaptations, as well as relevant BBC science, history and factual programmes.

  • Bitesize Daily Primary and Secondary will also air every day on BBC Red Button, and episodes will be available on demand on BBC iPlayer.





Of course, BBC Bitesize is here with lots of easy-to-follow lessons for home learning, as well as collections of resources for all ages.

Primary kids at home?

Help them keep up with our straightforward lessons in Maths and English. Developed by educational consultants, these Learning at Home lessons are curriculum-based and self-contained.

Go to the BBC Bitesize homepage, click on Start a Lesson, and choose your year group.

You can also get stuck in with collections of educational resources hand-picked from BBC Bitesize and the wider BBC, including collections for other subjects such as Science, History and Geography. Our best Primary content is organised by topic or theme to make it easy for you to find.

Just pick the year group and subject to get started.

For Years 7-9/S1-S3 we have some collections of resources hand-picked from BBC Bitesize and the wider BBC organised by topic.

Pick your year group and subject to get started.

Do you have teenagers in Year 10 or 11?

Help them stay on top of their studies with our GCSE revision guides.

They can also find support and advice on their well-being on Bitesize Support.

On social media

Bitesize’s social media channels will also be there to help. Our Facebook and Twitter accounts focus on parents and teachers, where information including TV schedules will be shared. There will also be articles for parents on supporting their kids learning from home.

Teenage students can still enjoy our Instagram and TikTok platforms, where explainers, support content and of course lighter relief in the form of memes will be at hand.

Community Wellbeing and Resilience Programme

Community Wellbeing and Resilience Programme

The Community Wellbeing and Resilience Programme has been designed for staff and volunteers working in the community sector who have been involved on the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic response.

The project is a partnership between Inspire Wellbeing, who will deliver the sessions and NICVA who will provide the administrative support for accessing the pre-recorded and live webinars.  It is funded by the Department for Communities.

This FREE Programme allows participants to access a range of wellbeing sessions.

Tier 1, Wellbeing in Your World, is a series of six Pre-recorded Webinars suitable for all levels of staff and volunteers. The Pre-recorded Webinars will be available from Friday 18 December until Friday 19 February 2021, so participants can re-visit them at any point up until then.  

Tier 2 offers three Live Webinars which will focus on building and maintaining positive mental health.  Each Live Webinar will last 2 hours on 12th, 18th and 29th January. Tier 2 also offers a six week course of Live Webinars –  Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme beginning on 11th February.

Lastly, Tier 3 comprises Resources which offer specific services and resources designed to support ongoing mental health and wellbeing.

Please register using the links below.  

Pre-recorded Webinars – Wellbeing in Your World

Topic Date Available Time
Stress and Anxiety 18/12/20 – 19/2/21 30 mins
Getting a Good Night’s Sleep 18/12/20 – 19/2/21 30 mins
Alcohol, Other Drugs and Coping with Covid-19 18/12/20 – 19/2/21 1.5 hours
Anti-Stigma and Mental Health Awareness 18/12/20 – 19/2/21 1 hour
Mental Health and Stigma Awareness for Managers 18/12/20- 19/2/21 30 mins
Burnout 18/12/20 – 19/2/21 10 mins


Live Webinars – Building and Maintaining Positive Mental Health

Topic Date Time Facilitator
Introduction to Mindfulness (2 hours) Tuesday 12 January 2021 2pm – 4pm Frank Liddy
Positive Mental Health (2 hours) Monday 18 January 2021 10am – 12noon Julie Hill
Managers Promoting Positive Mental Health (2 hours) Friday 29 January 2021 10am – 12noon Julie Hill


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme (6 week course of Live Webinars)

Session Date Time
Session One Thursday 11 February 2pm – 3pm
Session Two Tuesday 16 February 2pm – 3pm
Session Three Thursday 25 February 2pm – 3pm
Session Four Tuesday 2 March 2pm – 3pm
Session Five Tuesday 9 March 2pm – 3pm
Session Six Tuesday 16 March 2pm – 3pm

Facilitator: Frank Liddy


Inspire Support Hub

Participants will be given access to the Inspire Support Hub for one year to allow for more on-going mental health, resilience and wellbeing support. With just a few simple steps you can create your personal profile and start using the support hub. Just follow the steps detailed here to get started.

TQUK Level 1 Award in Mental Health Awareness (RQF)

NICVA is delighted to be able to offer accreditation for anyone working in mental health or wanting to learn more about what is mental health and well being. This is an opportunity to gain recognition of existing skills and understanding of mental health but also for anyone that wants an introductory level of understanding in Mental Health Awareness. Learners will research what mental health means, the effects mental health can have on individuals and on society, the current responses to mental health and the relationship between cultural diversity and mental health issues.

The pre-recorded and live webinars included in the Community Wellbeing and Resilience Programme will help the learner to meet some of the requirements of the level 1 qualification.

This course is available for self study anytime that suits you, so register today. The closing date for completion of the accreditation booklet is 26 February 2021.

Covid Wellbeing Northern Ireland Online Hub

The website offers a comprehensive range of information, self-help guides and ways to access help to support your mental health and wellbeing. It was created by CovidWellBeingNI a partnership of 15 leading mental health and wellbeing charities and the Healthy Living Centre Alliance representing 28 Healthy Living Centres alongside the Public Health Agency, Department of Health and the Department for Communities. The focus is on promoting positive mental health and wellbeing during and after the Covid19 pandemic.

A useful guide to Mental and emotional wellbeing resources

This website from the Health and Social Care Board offers a useful guide to mental and emotional wellbeing resources.  It also offers access to a Psychological First Aid Course.

Education Authority Resource Pack

This is a resource pack for families in relation to staying safe physically but also emotionally and mentally at this time using the Health and Social Care Take 5 framework. The newsletter is packed with lots of suggestions linked to the five steps of wellbeing – Give, Be Active, Connect, Keep Learning, Take Notice. We would love to hear your feedback, if you want to share pictures of activities completed from the newsletter or make suggestions please email us at: primarybsp.enquiries@eani.org.uk   Yes    
EOTAS Support for Young People

EA’s Education Other Than At School (EOTAS) team provides educational provision and support to children and young people who cannot otherwise access appropriate provision, helping them overcome barriers to learning. Check out this EOTAS booklet which provides information and resources that are useful to all young people and families.

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Hungry Little Minds


Simple, fun activities for kids, from newborn to five



Mathematics, English, Science and more! A comprehensive program of online educational activities for students aged 4 to 12, mapped to the curriculum.

https://ed.ted.comHigh-quality, interactive, video-based lessons on a daily basis, paired with questions and resources.
Yes Yes Yes Yes
BBC Bitesize
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesizeA wide range of educational materials.
Yes Yes Yes
www.ccea.org.ukResources for all Key Stages including Post-16 and Special Educational Needs & Inclusion.
Yes Yes Yes
1000+ KS2, KS3, GCSE & A Level courses based on exam board specifications.
Yes Yes Yes
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
Yes Yes
National Geographic Kids
A great platform for learning – online games, resources and competitions too.  It’s aimed at primary aged children, covering a range of subjects – History, Science, Geography, English, Maths, Art & Design and PSHE.
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Yes Yes Yes
The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos covering all topics, with a special focus on STEAM—sciencetechnologyengineeringart, and maths.
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Crash Course
You Tube videos on many subjects.
Crash Course Kids
Science for a younger audience.
iDEA Awards
Digital enterprise award scheme helps you develop digital, enterprise and employability skills for free.
Yes Yes
Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors.
Yes Yes Yes
Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
Yes Yes
Cbeebies Radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.
Yes Yes
Nature Detectives
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Toy Theater
Educational interactive games.
Yes Yes
They are offering a month’s free membership and there’s also free Home Learning Packs for Early Years, KS1, KS2, KS3, GCSE and SEND to download for FREE.
Yes Yes Yes
Read & Write
Yes Yes
Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age they offer activities for reading, English, Maths and interactive games.
Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi-disciplinary activities.
Geography Games
Geography gaming!
Yes Yes
Advice and resources to help you and your child understand and cope with the Covid-19 outbreak.
Yes Yes    
Children and Young People Strategic Partnership Newsletter

Newsletter providing advice, links and resources for families during Covid19

Yes Yes Yes Yes


Resources Table
Pre-school Primary Post primary Post 16
Maths Tutor
www.gcsemathstutor.comSuitable for GCSE Maths.
Khan Academy
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages, also covers other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.
Yes Yes


Resources Table
Pre-school Primary Post primary Post 16
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.
Creative computer programming.
Yes Yes Yes
Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding.
Yes Yes Yes


Resources Table
Pre-school Primary Post primary Post 16
Mystery Science
Free science lessons.
Crest Awards
Science awards you can complete from home.
Yes Yes Yes


Resources Table
Pre-school Primary school Post primary Post 16
British Council
Resources for English language learning
Yes Yes Yes
Libraries NI
https://www.librariesni.org.uk/Pages/default.aspxVisit the Libraries NI website any time and you will have access to their online services including eBooks, Audiobooks and eMagazines​​.
Yes Yes Yes Yes


Resources Table
Pre-school Primary Post primary Post 16
Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones.
Yes Yes
The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.