In these strange times, when everything has changed so much, most of us are feeling like we've had the rug pulled from under our feet. I've been reading many articles over the past week or so about how to cope with lockdown and those discussing mental health suggest that setting new routines can help with retaining structure, especially when families are cooped up together for hours on end.

It's been amazing to watch the swell of communication emerging to help us all through these unusual days, particularly via social media. A number of celebrities have turned their hand to giving FREE sessions online and we thought it would be useful to compile them into a handy timetable to help you structure your day. 

Each session lasts for a maximum of 30 minutes giving you lots of wriggle room and time to deal with the unexpected whilst keeping vaguely to the timetable. You can fit your trip out of the house for daily exercise around the timings or plan this for the beginning or the end of the day, depending on how early your children wake up.

Let us know how you get on and share your own ideas on our facebook page.


9.00am PE with Joe Wicks Joe broadcasts daily workouts on YouTube. The fun PE lessons last about 30 minutes and you don't need any equipment. They are aimed at kids of any age (although they seem to be popular with mums as well for some reason!)     
10.00am Maths with Carol Vorderman Aimed at 4-12 year olds and matched to the national curriculum. Access to over 1,000 maths sessions, including fun games. Virtual rewards can be printed at home to aid motiviation.
11.00am English with David Walliams Relax with a cuppa and a biscuit as you enjoy elevenses with David Walliams. Each day he is reading an audio story from his best-selling kids' books and he'll be doing all the voices! Stories last for about 15-20 minutes.
12.00pm Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver) Jamie has a vast repetoire of meals that are made for and by kids and has plenty of hands on experience as a Dad of five. Have a look at his website for lunch ideas to get the children cooking. And tune into Channel 4 at 5.30pm for his 'Keep Cooking and Carry On' show with plenty of ideas of how to cook during lockdown.
1.00pm Music with Myleene Klass Curiculum-based music classes from Mylene, broadcast on YouTube and aided by her daughters. There is no need for instruments or any prior musical knowledge. Any age or ability welcome.
1.30pm Dance with Darcey Bussell Daily shake-ups via a fun dance programme run by DDMIX for Schools and live on facebook just after lunchtime (let your food settle first!)
2.00pm History with Horrible Histories Catch up with episodes on YouTube including themed compilations and best bits.
4.00pm  Home Economics with Theo Michaels 'Kids Cook with Theo' on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. A live cooking class using simple ingredients and aimed at children.


Appearing throughout the week at various times:

For your older kids, here are 50 free revision resources for 11+, GCSEs and A-Levels.

Most celebrities are not broadcasting at weekends, so we suggest you have a look at this list of 29 kids' activities so you can stay sane during lockdown. with ideas for different age groups.

And finally if all else fails do not feel guilty if your children end up watching more TV. Amazon Prime Video have made Peppa Pig free to stream during the coronavirus pandemic for a very good reason!