The Handbook
The Handbook

Homeschooling is now a reality for parents up and down the country and while we’re only officially on week two, we can imagine many of you are already tearing your hair out. We’re here to help, or rather the UK’s celebs are, as many of them are putting their platforms and skills set to good use with a host of  online classes.

Joe Wicks has single handedly got the country moving in front of the TV with his daily P.E. classes, Myleene’s reacquainting us with C Major in her virtual music class and Queen of Long Multiplication Carol Vorderman is making maths fun – finally!

Read on for a daily schedule that will keep children of all ages engaged and learning thanks to this talented bunch of celebs. Don’t get us wrong, we’ve never been more grateful of our school teachers and we’re not saying this is a patch on the real thing, but in times of need, every little helps. And don’t worry, you’re doing a great job.

9am – P.E. with Joe Wicks

The man behind the Lean in 15 phenomenon has turned his hand to children’s fitness amidst the Corona crisis and the nation has gone absolutely wild for it.

Every morning at 9am Joe goes live on his YouTube channel to bring children of all ages and skill sets (and we imagine many parents too) a live P.E. lesson. It only launched last week and it’s already been a roaring success (apparently Channel4 are in talks to make it into a proper TV show) and it’s the perfect way to get children eased into their daily homeschooling routine in a fun and dynamic way.

Log on Monday – Friday or catch up on his channel daily.


10.00am – Maths with Carol Vorderman

If anyone can make maths fun it’s Countdown Queen Carol Vorderman. The TV star and maths whizz also has an online platform that makes maths easy and enjoyable for children ages four to 12 and it’s all in keeping with the National Curriculum.

Usually priced at around £2 per week, Carol and her team have made the service completely free during the Coronavirus crisis in a bid to keep children’s maths skills up.

The Maths Factor has over 1,000 daily sessions available with Carol herself, as well as a back catalogue of fun games to unlock children’s confidence with numbers. It’ll also give parents a chance to see how rusty their own skills have become since schooldays.

11.00am – English with David Walliams

When he’s not rinsing Simon Cowell on Britain’s Got Talent or dressing up like a laaaady, David Walliams is busy being one of the UK’s bestselling children’s authors. With over 20 books to his name, from Gangster Granny to The Boy in the Dress, all coming with a moral and hilarious message, he’s been charming kids and making bedtime easier for parents since his first release back in 2000.

Each day at 11am for the next month, David is releasing a free children’s audio book in his Elevenses series. It offers a fun approach to English and encourages little bookworms to use their imagination. They’re all voiced by David himself, so expect a few chuckles for the parents too.

12.00pm – Cooking with Jamie Oliver

Our memories of Home Economics consist of making scones and star-shaped biscuits. Thankfully, the kids of today have Jamie Oliver to get them inspired in the kitchen, with his Get Kids Cooking series.

From homemade fish fingers to lessons on the best child-friendly cooking equipment, there’s plenty to keep little chefs occupied with something a little more creative. Plus, you can break for lunch and sit down to eat once you’re done.

1.00pm – Music with Myleene Klass

As we’ve seen from Italians blasting Nessun Dorma from their balconies to the Spanish Zumba-ing their way through quarantine, music can be a heart-warming and uniting tool in times of crisis.

Popstar, TV personality and classically trained musician Myleene Klass is using her musical skill for good, with her YouTube Music with Myleene sessions.

Along with her adorable daughters and her grand piano she talks children through everything from the difference between major and minor to how different notes and sounds make us feel. And don’t worry, you don’t need a Steinway in your living room to get involved, just a pen, paper, your ears and a little curiosity.

1.30pm – Dance with Darcey Bussell

Every day at 1.30pm the DDMIX dance crew will be streaming live on Facebook with 10-minute shake ups to give tiny dancers a quick boost of activity and energy to set them up for the afternoon ahead.

DDMIX is a dance program that aims to get children excited about physical and aerobic exercise, and give them confidence to explore movement and sports.

The classes aren’t just a full-body workout, but created with care, from ensuring they are non-competitive and inclusive for all, easy to follow and celebrate diversity. Oh, and the whole scheme is founded by none other than prima ballerina and Strictly star, Dame Darcey Bussell DBE.

2.00pm – History with Dan Snow

This one might be best suited to slightly older children but if you want to ensure they’re getting their history fix, tune into historian and TV presenter Dan Snow’s History Hit podcast.

In the podcast, Dan travels the country to keep up with the cutting edge of history, talking to experts, historians, and the people who were actually there, to put history into easy-to-digest context for the modern world.

Sign up for a free month’s trial.

4.00pm – Home Economics with Theo Michaels

MasterChef star and author Theo Michaels is hosting his Kids Cook with Theo live every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4pm, in a bid to get children engaged in what they’re eating and how it’s made.

Streamed live on Instagram and YouTube, the live cook-alongs will teach little ones how to get creative with store cupboard-type meals and inspire parents with some additions to their quarantine repertoires.

Kids will be kept busy for an hour and everyone eats dinner at the end of it. It’s a win win situation.

Tune in on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Added Extras

Plus, don’t miss these extra classes taking place weekly or on certain dates.

Bear Grylls’ Great Indoor Adventure

Real life action man, Bear, has teamed up with the Scouts to brings kids 100 indoor activities to keep boredom at bay.

Free Revision for 11+, GCSEs and A Levels

Keep hyper tweenies and surly teenagers focused with these free revision guides for 11+, GCSEs and A levels. There are over 50 to keep them busy.

Nature with Steve Backshall

Tune into naturalist broadcaster and author, Steve Backshall’s YouTube video where he answers questions about the natural world in his living room. Topics include everything from habitats to holotypes, parasites to pademelons.

Science with Brian Cox

Brian Cox and a lineup of academics are sharing their brain power with Cosmic Shambles’ Stay at Home Festival. Sure to ignite the curious minds of little scientists.

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