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.


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iDEA badges are short interactive online modules, created in consultation with industry experts that you can access for free.

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The more badges you collect, the more points you earn towards Awards.

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From courses like Astronomy to US History and Anatomy & Physiology it’s got you covered with an awesome variety of AP high school curriculum topics. With various witty hosts at your service, you won’t even notice you’re getting smarter.

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Whether you’re moving to secondary school, jumping into the world of work, starting a new relationship or just feeling a bit stressed, we’ve asked those who’ve been through it to share their wisdom.


Struggling to adapt to distance learning? Second-year Open University student, Tala Al-Shafee, gave us her top tips for making it work…

The coronavirus pandemic has introduced so many changes into our lives in such a short amount of time, including the way we work, study and connect with other people. To get through the work and meet those deadlines, we’ve had to try our best to adapt to this less-than-ideal situation.

As an Open University student, I became a distance learner quite a while before the pandemic started. Over the last year, I’ve learnt lots of tricks that I’d like to share with you that have helped me study online.

Check out my ten top tips for how to get the best out of online learning https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/ztb3n9q

This article was last updated on 3 November 2020.

Wondering how to get experience during the pandemic so you can nail your personal statement? Well, read on and wonder no more!

Personal statements usually contain examples of work experience and other extracurricular activities, but, with all that’s going on in the world at the moment, that might prove tricky. With the 15 January deadline for UCAS university applications drawing closer, and coronavirus restrictions still in place, it’s understandable if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed about getting the experience you need to write the perfect personal statement.

As ever, we’ve got you covered with some top tips to help you get personal statement ready from the comfort of your own home. We caught up with some personal statement pros to get the lowdown on what you can do to keep working towards your application goals.

The lowdown from an admissions director


David Winstanley is director of global recruitment and admissions at The University of Southampton. David leads a team who look at tens of thousands of personal statements each year, so who better to ask about the current situation?

David explains, “I think it will be more difficult to write your personal statement this year – many things in many aspects of people’s lives have been made more difficult because of the pandemic. But, with a little bit of guidance and planning you can still write an amazing personal statement.”

How can you gain experience now?

David says: “We want people to articulate what excites them about their subject in their personal statement and, luckily, nowadays, people can easily do that from their bedrooms.” David continues: “It may take some creative thinking to be able to demonstrate something we are looking for on a course, without having done the relevant work experience, but there are ways of doing it. What we want to know is how a student has done the research into what that course may be like and why it would be right for them. This is more important than how you learnt it, where you went or what experiences you had.”

Will universities take the pandemic into consideration?

“We are absolutely aware that the pandemic has impacted different people in different ways. We will not expect the same level of outward activities as before to be included on a personal statement,” David says. “If you were planning field trips or excursions that have been cancelled, we will take this into account in our admissions procedures. The ability to go out and see the world in whatever way people want to has been restricted this year. It has been difficult for students, especially those looking to study vocations who would have benefited from hands-on experience, but, the experiences of the pandemic, and the ways that your particular field of study has responded, can be used in your statement.”