BBC Bitesize: lockdown learning tool for school pupils in Scotland explained - and what is Bitesize Daily?

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In an effort to assist homeschooling during the latest national lockdown, the BBC is broadcasting a variety of lessons across its different platforms.

Remote learning primary and secondary pupils are being offered a helping hand through BBC Bitesize, with schools closed to the majority of children during the lockdown.

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As well as the online portal, curriculum-based programmes will now be broadcasted on regular TV channels in addition to the iPlayer and red button from 11 January.

Judy Murray will help students to stay active during lockdown through the BBC Bitesize learning. (Pic: PA)Judy Murray will help students to stay active during lockdown through the BBC Bitesize learning. (Pic: PA)
Judy Murray will help students to stay active during lockdown through the BBC Bitesize learning. (Pic: PA)
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What is BBC Bitesize?

Launched in 1998, Bitesize is the BBC's free online study support resource to help school-age pupils in the UK with their schoolwork and preparation for exams.

There is a wealth of information and content for primary and secondary school children aged from 3 to 15 across a variety of subjects, as well as key subjects English, maths and science.

It has proved to be a useful tool for students, teachers and parents during national lockdowns, which have seen many children continue their studies from home.

How do you watch BBC Bitesize?

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Alongside online support, there will be additional programming on BBC Scotland and CBBC specifically tailored to primary and secondary pupils in Scotland and their curriculums.

The programming, which began at 10am on Monday 11 January, includes BBC Bitesize Daily, as well as other educational shows such as Horrible Histories and Celebrity Supply Teacher.

Secondary school pupils can benefit from drama adaptations, as well as BBC science, history and factual programmes to help support their curriculum.

Familiar faces Judy Murray, Sanjeev Kohli and magician Kevin Quantum are all set to feature.

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Both primary and secondary school programmes are available every day on regular TV channels as well as the red button and iPlayer.

What is Bitesize Daily?

BBC Bitesize Daily is a 20-minute lesson which covers different subjects, including maths, English, science and French, for different age groups every weekday.

The programme will be delivered by a range of experts, teachers and some familiar faces from TV, sport and beyond, says the BBC.

BBC director-general Tim Davie said: “Ensuring children across the UK have the opportunity to continue to follow the appropriate core parts of their nation’s school curriculum has been a key priority for the BBC throughout this past year.

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“Education is absolutely vital – the BBC is here to play its part and I’m delighted that we have been able to bring this to audiences so swiftly.”

There is a tailored online service for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Is BBC Bitesize free?

Accessing the internet is still an issue for some low income families, leading to the BBC finding new ways for children to use its content.

The BBC announced a deal to allow BT, EE, and Plusnet customers to access Bitesize without eating into their data allowances from the end of January in England.

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It is hoped a similar deal can be struck for Scotland pupils too.

Mr Davie said: “With the pandemic forcing schools to close again, we should not allow a lack of digital access to further impact children's education.

“The BBC will continue to do all we can to ensure every child, whatever their circumstances, can continue to access vital educational materials during this time.”

While lessons are accessible on regular TV channels - BBC 2 and CBBC - as well as through the iPlayer, red button and online to reach even more children.