If you'd told us 2 months ago that our children's new English teacher would be David Walliams or that Carol Vorderman would be teaching them maths for the foreseeable future we wouldn't have believed you, but here we are! We’ve rounded up the best celeb-led free online classes to add some razzle-dazzle to your lockdown learning. Check them out below and scroll all the way to the bottom for a free downloadable version.
Remember, all livestreams are saved on their respective channels so if 2 streams clash or you want to go back to your favourite at a later stage, you can.
PE with Joe Wicks
Streamed at 9am, daily
Fitness guru The Body Coach is leading a 30-minute livestream on his YouTube channel every morning with workouts created specifically for kids. Kick off your day with some exercise and keep your energy levels up!
Geography & Environmental Studies with Steve Backshall
Streamed at 9.30am, every Wednesday
Bring the wild into your living room with naturalist and TV presenter Steve Backshall! He'll be answering all of your burning questions about animals, conservation and the environment with his live Q&A broadcast across Facebook and YouTube.
Maths with Carol Vorderman
Legendary Countdown alumnus and mathematician Carol Vorderman has opened up her incredible maths website The Maths Factor to the public, giving free access to 4-12 year olds until they go back to school.
Science with Maddie Moate and Greg Foot
Streamed at 11am, daily
Join Maddie Moate from CBeebies' Do You Know every day for a science lesson with a twist, all from the comfort of your own home! Let's Go Live features quirky garden activities, craft ideas and plenty of fun facts to keep little brains busy.
Dance with Oti Mabuse
Streamed at 11.30am, daily
Oti Mabuse is bringing some Strictly magic to your living room every morning with her free daily livestreams where she and Marius Lepure will be teaching you how to dance like a pro in just half an hour. Each day has a different theme - so far there's been Mary Poppins, Trolls and even Shrek!
English with David Walliams
Released at 11am, daily
Bestselling children's author and brilliant comedian David Walliams is releasing an audio version of one of his stories each day on his website at 11am. When you've got a quiet moment during the day, settle down and listen to his hilarious 20-minute storytelling session and escape the world for a bit.
Food Tech with Jamie Oliver
Streamed at 5.30pm, daily
Chef Jamie Oliver is releasing new episodes every day of his Keep Cooking and Carry On series on Channel 4, focusing on how to make the most of what you've already got in the kitchen. Plus, Jamie's 9-year-old son Buddy has an entire playlist on YouTube dedicated to kid-friendly cooking that you can join in with.
History with Dan Snow
The History Guy Dan Snow is offering free access to his website History Hit for 30 days, which you can use to help stick to your history curriculum. You'll find documentaries on everything from Roman Britain to Jack the Ripper and everything in between.
Music with Myleene Klass
Released at 10am Monday, 6.30pm Wednesday, 10am Friday
Enrol in Myleene’s Music Klass, where she'll be posting 3 lessons a week to get your children's music abilities flowing. You'll learn all the basics about rhythm and reading music and who knows, you may even end up with some mini Mozarts by the time lockdown is over!
Story Time with Amy Adams, Chris Pratt and more
Loads of huge Hollywood stars have joined forces to bring you Save With Stories - an Instagram account where celebrities read their favourite children's stories and sing their favourite songs to keep your kids entertained.
Home Economics with Theo Michaels
Streamed at 4pm, Monday and Wednesday
Join Masterchef semi-finalist and TV chef Theo in a live family-friendly cook-along as you create something delicious from your cupboards. He usually posts the ingredients you'll need on his website beforehand, so you can check you have it all ready.
While we've done our best to make sure all the lesson times are correct, bear in mind they are subject to change - keep checking back for updates.
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