Stars including Geri Horner, Darcey Bussell and Gary Lineker to teach kids through new BBC show

Megan Sutton
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From Good Housekeeping

A host of famous faces will deliver fun-filled lessons to children in lockdown from the comfort of their own homes in Celebrity Supply Teacher, a new series which begins on Monday 8 June on CBBC and BBC iPlayer.

“Each celebrity brings a passion for their subject and an insight from their own experiences,” the BBC said.

The line-up of star teachers includes children’s author Geri Horner with tips on creative writing, England footballer Marcus Rashford teaching PE, former footballer Gary Lineker teaching Spanish, astronaut Tim Peake discussing the science of space rockets, and performer Matthew Morrison on musical theatre.

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“Loosely based around the primary curriculum, the series covers topics ranging from science to English, maths to history and cookery to dance, in a fun and entertaining way,” the BBC said.

The series kicks off with former Spice Girl and author of several children’s books, Geri Horner, who offers up her tips on creating a great story. She covers themes such as character, setting and plot, and shows viewers around her farm and the animals that she sometimes takes inspiration from.

Geri said: "I absolutely love writing - it's a passion, so sharing the power of words on CBBC was a lot of fun. Together we can transport ourselves and create exciting magical stories."

Astronaut, Tim Peake, will give a lesson all about space on 9 June, sharing his tips for surviving in space including how to eat, drink and go to the toilet. Then, from his back garden, he’ll demonstrate the science behind space rockets using household materials to create his own rocket and rocket launcher.

Manchester United and England star, Marcus Rashford, will give viewers a masterclass in preparing your body for sport including stretches and warm up drills the following day.

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On 12 June, chef Heston Blumenthal, will explain the difference between taste and flavour and show kids how to make the ultimate strawberry sundae.

Speaking about the show, Heston said:

“It was certainly a very different way of filming but it was a lot of fun being CBBC’s Celebrity Supply Teacher for a day. There are so many exciting and delicious things to learn in the kitchen and it all starts with finding out how our senses work together to create flavour so this was the theme of my lesson. I chose to make a strawberry ice cream sundae which I hope inspires the younger viewers and their families to get cooking and begin a deeper relationship with their food.”

Match of the Day presenter and former England football captain, Gary Lineker, became fluent in Spanish during his days as a player for FC Barcelona. In his lesson, he’ll teach kids how to count from one to ten – while playing keepie uppie in his garden - before moving on to other useful words and phrases.

Gary commented: "I am delighted to be involved with CBBC’s Celebrity Supply Teacher series. Learning Spanish when I moved to Barcelona in 1986 was good fun. It helped me then and ever since. Enjoy the experience. It's exciting!"

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Also in the series singer Kelis, who trained to be a chef at a top school in Paris, shares some of her own personal tips for cookery. Ricky Wilson, lead singer of the Kaiser Chiefs and former art teacher, shows viewers how they can improve their painting and drawing with the use of colours, Dame Darcey Bussell demonstrates traditional African dance moves, Martin Bashir gives a masterclass on his hero, Dr Martin Luther King, and how he was inspired to go into journalism, and Ed Balls teaches about two of his favourite English monarchs, Alfred the Great and Queen Elizabeth I.

Star of The Chase and former maths teacher, Mark Labbett, explains place value and shows off some clever hacks that will help children with their multiplication and division, swimmer Ellie Simmonds explores ocean geography, presenter Nikki Lilly takes on IT, actors Rachel Shenton and Maisie Sly teach British Sign Language, activist Katie Piper teaches wellbeing, comedian Tez Ilyas explores science, and Hetty Feather’s Isabel Clifton, teaches drama.

Celebrity Supply Teacher begins on Monday 8 June on CBBC and BBC iPlayer.

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