Sir David Attenborough: "Nature can be source of solace in crisis"
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Sir David Attenborough to teach geography lessons to children

It has been announced that David Attenborough will host virtual geography lessons for children who are self-isolating as part of an experience from the BBC.

The legendary broadcaster and natural historian will be turning his hand to the classroom by teaching virtual geography classes to students over the UK who are currently unable to attend school. It’s part of a BBC outreach that will also include Danny Dyer and Sergio Aguero.

Attenborough’s live-streams will be focused on mapping out the world and its oceans and understanding animal behaviour. Is there anyone better equipped on these topics than the 93-year-old national treasure?

His virtual classes are part of the BBC’s newly launched “Bitesize Daily” learning series which is set to provide education to children over the country for the next 14 weeks whilst schools are closed.

Attenborough is set to be joined in the virtual staffroom by Professor Brian Cox will also teach science, such as the solar system. Danny Dyer will be sharing facts about Henry VIII, helping to teach history, while Manchester City footballer Sergio Aguero is to teach kids how to count in Spanish. Doctor Who’s Jodie Whittaker is also taking part in BBC Bitesize Daily lessons and One Direction’s Liam Payne is to appear as part of a book club.

“We said the BBC would be there for people through this crisis, and we meant it,” said Alice Webb, director of BBC Children’s & Education. “It’s vital that every child is able to continue learning — and the lessons we’re putting on will make sure they have fun at the same time.”

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