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BREXIT On the 23rd of June, the people of Britain will vote on whether or not they want to stay in the European Union. It's a really important decision that will have a big impact on the rest on the world, including Australia. We take a look at both sides of the debate and find out why many people around the world are watching the vote closely. ROOKIE REPORTER - YOUTH VOTES: This election will canvass the opinion of more young voters than any other in recent history. 1,658,085 young people aged 18 - 24 have enrolled this year - a record 86.7%. But what could that mean for the results? To find out, Rookie Reporter Maya met up with three of Australia's youngest voters and went out doorknocking with a candidate hoping to mobilise young voters in his quest for a seat. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - English / Literacy / Interpreting, analysing, evaluating: Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse information and ideas, comparing content from a variety of textual sources including media and digital texts Year 6 English / Literacy / Texts in context: Compare texts including media texts that represent ideas and events in different ways, explaining the effects of the different approaches Year 6 English / Language / Language for interaction: Understand the uses of objective and subjective language and bias Year 6 The Arts / Media Arts: Plan, produce and present media artworks for specific audiences and purposes using responsible media practice Years 5 & 6 Civics and Citizenship Skills / Analysis, synthesis and interpretation: Use and evaluate a range of information to develop a point of view Year 5 Civics and Citizenship Skills / Questioning and Research: Develop questions and gather a range of information to investigate the society in which they live Year 6 Civics and Citizenship Skills / Problem solving and decision making: Work in groups to identify issues and develop possible solutions and a plan for action using decision making processes Year 6 Civics and Citizenship Skills / Communication and reflection: Present civics and citizenship ideas and viewpoints for a particular purpose using civics and citizenship terms and concepts Year 6 Reflect on personal roles and actions as a citizen in the school and in the community Year 6 FOOD WASTE The United Nations has identified food waste as a massive problem facing the world. It estimates nearly 1 trillion dollars worth of food is wasted globally each year, so now it's campaigning for a plan to utilise more of it. Next week we'll find out more about the problem and meet some of the people working on a solution. ** FOOD WASTE will be next week's BtN #AskaReporter topic ** TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science Understanding / Chemical sciences: Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; These properties can influence their use Year 4 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions Year 4 Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions Year 6 Science understanding influences the development of practices in areas of human activity such as industry, agriculture and marine and terrestrial resource management Year 7 Geography / Knowledge and Understanding: The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably Year 4 COPYRIGHT HEAVEN One of the world's most famous rock bands, Led Zeppelin, has appeared in court accused of breaking copyright laws. It's claimed they copied part of their popular song Stairway to Heaven from another band. We take a closer look at the accusation and find out how copyright actually works. CAMEL RACER Many kids have pet dogs or cats. But 14-year old Anna has pet camels. They're not only her best friends, she's also training them for racing. We joined her as she prepares for her first camel race later this year to find out why camels are so special.

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ANIMAL TESTING The Government has announced that animal testing will be made illegal in Australia by July next year. It means thousands of cosmetic products will be banned from stores if their manufacturers continue to test their products on animals. We take a look at the history behind this practice and find out how often animal testing still happens around the world today. STORM DAMAGE Much of the east coast of Australia was battered by wild winds and heavy rain over the past week. The damage was particularly evident along the coastline, where many homes were destroyed by the huge waves the storm created. We take a closer look at the damage to find out what natural factors combined to cause such destruction. DORY IN DANGER Australian researchers are worried fans of the soon-to-be-released animated film Finding Dory might inadvertently add to the woes of the title species, the Blue Tang. When the original Finding Nemo was released, the population of the clownfish suffered because too many people wanted their own Nemo as a pet. Now they fear a similar result for Dory's real world relatives. ** Dory in Danger will be next week's BtN #AskaReporter topic ** HMAS SYDNEY Deep in the ocean off the coast of Western Australia lies two 75-year old shipwrecks, the HMAS Sydney and a German ship that battled it during World War II. In 2008, the ships were finally discovered and now researchers have managed to raise the Sydney, without actually touching it. Instead, they used 3D technology and the fastest computer in the southern hemisphere to bring it back from the deep. ROOKIE REPORTER BOOT CAMP Last week we introduced you to Maya, BtN's new Rookie Reporter for the 2016 federal election. Now, you'll join her as she learns all about political reporting from some of the best in the business. What is involved in covering a campaign? And how do reporters make sure what they present is balanced? Maya will share what she's learnt next week.

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BTN’S 2016 CIVICS SERIES, PART 4: WHAT IS AN ELECTORATE?: Australia is now in election mode – so BtN is celebrating with a series of stories looking at different aspects of our civic life. Our final story in this series focuses on electorates. They make up our national political map and we hear them mentioned by name on the news each night. But why do they exist and how do they help make sure everyone is represented in parliament? ** What is an Electorate will be next week’s BtN #AskaReporter topic! ** TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning areas – Civics and Citizenship / Knowledge and Understanding: The key features of the Australian electoral process Year 5 The roles and responsibilities of electors and representatives in Australia’s democracy Year 5 Civics and Citizenship / Analysis, synthesis and interpretation: Use and evaluate a range of information to develop a point of view Year 5 Civics and Citizenship Skills / Questioning and research: Develop questions and gather a range of information to investigate the society in which they live Year 6 Civics and Citizenship Skills / Communication and reflection: Present civics and citizenship ideas and viewpoints for a particular purpose using civics and citizenship terms and concepts Year 6 Reflect on personal roles and actions as a citizen in the school and in the community Year 6 VIOLENT TOYS: A new study has found popular toy brand Lego has become more violent over its 67 year history. Researchers say more Lego sets include weapons or characters in war-like situations these days. And some believe that’s a problem for kids’ development. We look at both sides of the debate before finding out how you feel. INDIGENOUS VETERANS: People around Australia will soon gather for Indigenous veterans commemoration ceremonies. The events pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of Indigenous people who have fought in wars throughout Australia's history and they’re part of National Reconciliation Week. One school in Adelaide is hosting a ceremony after creating a book that tells the stories of Indigenous veterans from the area. We find out more about their passion for this important subject. TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning areas – History / Knowledge and Understanding: The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation Year 6 Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women and children Year 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching: Sequence information about people’s lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelines Year 5 & 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Year 5 & 6 BTN’S ELECTION 2016 ROOKIE REPORTER - During federal elections, major news networks always send a senior political correspondent out on the campaign trail to bring viewers all of the latest developments. So we thought it was about time BtN did the same! This week, meet the girl selected as BtN’s first Rookie Reporter election correspondent. She will be following the election for BtN and BtN Newsbreak in the lead up to the big day. But first, she wants to know issues you would like her to follow up with some of the country’s most powerful people. BIONIC BOY: 13-year old Riley was born with cerebral palsy. The disease makes it difficult for him to do many of the things that other kids can do, like walking or talking. But a young Aussie scientist is hoping to invent a special device to help. Join them as they work together to give Riley powers he never thought possible. WOMEN’S RUGBY: Last week, the Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens team made history as the first national team to win the World Series. Now, the team has shifted its focus to the upcoming Olympics where the sport will feature for the first time. We meet some of the stars of the team and find out what rugby sevens is and how they rate their chances of gold.

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Btn's 2016 Civics Series, Part 3: Three Levels Of Government/World Environment Day/Cystic Fibrosis Awareness/River Kids/Kind Classrooms/Surf Titles BTN'S 2016 CIVICS SERIES, PART 3: THREE LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT Australia is in election mode - so BtN is celebrating with a series of stories looking at different aspects of our civic life. This week our focus is on the three levels of government. On July the 2nd, Australians will vote in the 2016 federal election. But there are two other levels of government that we vote for too; local and state. So what are the responsibilities of each level of government and why is our country set up that way? ** Three Levels of Government will be next week's BtN #AskaReporter topic! ** TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning areas History / Knowledge and Understanding: Key figures, events and ideas that led to Australia's Federation and Constitution Year 6 Civics and Citizenship / Knowledge and Understanding / Government and democracy: The roles and responsibilities of the three levels of government, including shared roles and responsibilities within Australia's federal system Year 6 Civics and Citizenship Skills / Questioning and research: Develop questions and gather a range of information to investigate the society in which they live Year 6 Civics and Citizenship Skills / Communication and reflection: Present civics and citizenship ideas and viewpoints for a particular purpose using civics and citizenship terms and concepts Year 6 Reflect on personal roles and actions as a citizen in the school and in the community Year 6 WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY Saturday the 3rd of June is World Environment Day and this year's theme is 'go wild for life'. The aim is to put a stop to the world wildlife trade, which is particularly harmful for animals like elephants and rhinos. BBC Newsround's Ayshah toured South Africa to meet just some of the people helping to protect rhinos from poachers. CYSTIC FIBROSIS AWARENESS All of May has been 65 Roses month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about a cystic fibrosis. It is a condition that many kids suffer from, including 13-year old Zoe. We asked her to tell us how it affects her life. RIVER KIDS The Murray River is the most important water system in Australia. It spans three states and its catchment area is the third largest on earth. But it's also facing some challenges too. On Monday, June the 6th, BtN will premiere 'River Kids', a documentary that tells the story of the Murray River through the eyes of the kids that live alongside it. So this week for Reconciliation Week , you'll get an exclusive sneak peek - a look at the special connection Indigenous people have had with the river for tens of thousands of years. TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning areas Geography / Knowledge and Understanding: The influence of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places Year 5 The environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them Year 5 Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Year 5 Science Understanding / Biological sciences: The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment Year 6 KIND CLASSROOMS Over the past 3 weeks we've asked classrooms around the country to volunteer to show a little kindness to others. Now, we finally get to see all the good they've done. Tune in for a look at all of the kind ways kids have changed their communities for the better. SURF TITLES Last week, some of Australia's best Indigenous surfers headed to Bells Beach for the Australian Indigenous Surfing titles. Among the pros were two talented kids, 12-year old Taj and 14-year old Summer, who'd been training for the big event all year. We checked in with them before the comp and found out how they went afterward too.

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BTN'S 2016 CIVICS SERIES, PART 2: THE HISTORY OF VOTING Australia is in election mode - so BtN is celebrating with a series of stories looking at different aspects of our civic life. This week our focus is on the history of voting. On June the 2nd, all Australians over the age of 18 will have the right to vote. But it didn't always used to be that way. We find out why next week. ** The History of Voting will be next week's BtN #AskaReporter topic! ** TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning areas - Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Government and democracy: The roles and responsibilities of electors and representatives in Australia's democracy Year 5 The key features of the Australian electoral process Year 5 History / Knowledge and Understanding: Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women, and children Year 6 MILK PRICES We drink it, put it on our cereal and use it in our cooking, but milk has been poured all over the headlines this week too. Diary farmers have warned they are now not getting paid enough money to cover their costs and that many will soon have to leave the industry. We find out why. MANGROVE WARNING Australia is home to tens of thousands of kilometres of mangrove wetlands. But scientists say many of these important ecological regions are now dying off because of drought and climate change. We discover why these areas need to be saved. TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning areas - Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Living things have life cycles Year 4 Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive Year 4 Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment Year 5 The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment Year 6 Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs Year 7 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions - Year 4 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching: Record, sort and represent data and the location of places and their characteristics in different formats, including simple graphs, tables and maps, using discipline-appropriate conventions Year 4 Geography / Knowledge and Understanding: The importance of environments, including natural vegetation, to animals and people Year 4 FOOTY HUDDLE Nine years ago, the North Melbourne AFL team set up a project called 'the Huddle', to help refugee and migrant kids settle into the area. The program gives them a place to study and volunteers help them through their homework. It's also encouraging a new generation of kids to get into footy. PARK DESIGN Some school kids in Sydney are about to get a serious playground upgrade. They won a competition called My Park Rules which asked kids around the country to design their ultimate outdoor play area. We got in touch with them to hear about their entry.

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BTN'S 2016 CIVICS SERIES: WHAT IS DEMOCRACY? Australia is now in election mode - so BtN is celebrating with a series of stories looking at different aspects of our civic life, starting this week with democracy. It's something most Australians take for granted, but what is democracy and how did it come to be? BtN take a trip back in history to find out. ** What is Democracy will be next week's BtN #AskaReporter topic! ** TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning areas - Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Government and democracy: The key values that underpin Australia's democratic system of government Year 5 The roles and responsibilities of electors and representatives in Australia's democracy Year 5 The key features of the Australian electoral process Year 5 The key institutions of Australia's democratic system of government based on the Westminster system, including the monarchy, parliaments, and courts Year 6 NSW RECYCLING SCHEME Australia's most populated state, New South Wales, has just announced that it will implement a container deposit scheme. It brings the state in line with South Australia and Northern Territory, where 10 cent recycling deposits have been available for some time. We take a closer look at the scheme and find out what effect it might have on recycling rates there. TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning areas - Science Understanding / Chemical sciences: Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; These properties can influence their use Year 4 Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions Year 4 Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 & 6 Humanities and Social Sciences / Inquiry and skills / Evaluating and reflecting: Reflect on learning to propose actions in response to an issue or challenge and consider possible effects of proposed actions Year 4 Humanities and Social Sciences / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography: The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably Year 4 FOOD ALLERGY WEEK Imagine if eating one of your favourite foods could kill you. That's exactly what can happen if you have a food allergy. Next week is National Food Allergy Awareness Week, so we thought we'd take a closer look at what it means to have a food allergy and what it's like to live with one. We'll also try to discover why food allergy rates are on the rise in Australian schools. PHOTOSHOPPED MUSIC Popstar Meghan Trainor has pulled her own music video after realising her body had been photoshopped in it without her permission. She says the digital manipulation goes against the positive body image messages she writes into many of her songs. We take a closer look at the controversy and find out how you feel about it. INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE LESSONS The town of Broome in Western Australia is pushing to become the first bilingual town in Australia by teaching all kids Yawuru, the local indigenous language. Some classes are taken almost entirely in Yawuru and even the town's street signs are in Yawuru and English. We check in with Cable Beach Primary School to find out how the kids there feel about Broome's new bilingual push. YOUNG GAME DESIGNERS How would you like to design your own video game, then pitch your idea to executives from Google? Well that's exactly what a group of teenagers from all over Australia got to do recently, with some help from the tech wizards at Good Game. We joined them as judging got underway.

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TAX BALANCE The 2016 Australian budget has now been revealed and one of the biggest talking points is planned tax changes. Some people and companies are in line for tax cuts, while other companies will soon be getting taxed more. But if the countrys deficit is growing to 37 billion dollars next year, why arent everyones taxes going up? We take a closer look at relationship between taxes and the economy to find out. IVORY TRADE Authorities in Kenya have been fighting poachers and the illegal wildlife trade for decades. And last week, they took the dramatic step of burning more than 100 tonnes of seized elephant tusks. The aim was to send a message to the world. But some think they may have made a mistake. ** Ivory Trade will be next weeks BtN #AskaReporter topic! ** TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning areas: Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (Year 7) Humanities and Social Sciences / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography: The importance of environments, including natural vegetation, to animals and people (Year 4) The main characteristics of the continents of Africa and South America and the location of their major countries in relation to Australia (Year 4) SHORT SIGHTED KIDS Over the past 50 years, short-sightedness, or myopia, has increased dramatically. Many researchers have blamed increased screen time for the growing problem. But now, some scientists think its actually our reluctance to go outside as often that is the real cause for concern. TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning areas: Science / Science Understanding / Physical sciences: Light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted (Year 5) Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples lives (Years 5 & 6) Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Communicating: Communicate ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (Years 5 & 6) Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (Years 7 & 8) English / Literacy / Creating Texts: Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience (Years 5 & 6) REFUGEE CAMP Kids camps usually aim to be a fun experience. But one camp in Norway is anything but fun. It attempts to give attendees a 24 hour glimpse into life as a refugee. But despite being a tough and gruelling event, Norwegian kids have signed up in huge numbers. Find out why next week. KOALA TRACKER To better protect endangered species, scientists often have to do massive surveys to work out how many there are in the wild and where theyre living. But some animals can be pretty tough to track down, like koalas that spend most of their time in the treetops. So one group of Australian researchers has come up with a pretty interesting way to track them down koala tracking dogs.

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Budget 2016 - The big story next week will be the announcement of the Federal Budget. It's when the government reveals exactly how it's going to manage our country's money over the next year. But how do you decide where to spend billions and billions of dollars when everyone seems to have a different idea? BtN finds out. Submarines - The Government has announced it will spend a whopping $50 billion dollars on a new fleet of submarines. A French company has won the contract to build the new subs, but they'll be constructed here in Australia. We find out more about these future subs and learn why Australia would want to spend so much on them. **Submarines will be next weeks BtN #AskaReporter topic! ** National Volunteer Week - The week of the 11th of May is National Volunteer Week, when we honour the massive contribution volunteers make to this country. Its estimated 6.1 million adults volunteer a total of 713 million hours each year. But its not just adults who can get involved. Kids can also make a big difference to their communities. For example, this week well hear from one young girl who regularly helps the residents at her local nursing home. TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning areas Civics and Citizenship Year 7 How values, including freedom, respect, inclusion, civility, responsibility, compassion, equality and a fair go, can promote cohesion within Australian society (ACHCK052) Reflect on their role as a citizen in Australias democracy (ACHCS060) HASS / Inquiry and Skills Year 5, 6 Reflect on learning to propose personal and/or collective action in response to an issue or challenge, and predict the probable effects (ACHASSI104) (ACHASSI132) BtNs Kind Classrooms Campaign To celebrate National Volunteer Week, BtN is challenging schools Australia to demonstrate a little kindness in their community too. Classes will be encouraged to brainstorm small ways they can help people in their local area, before putting their unique plan into action. It could be anything sending nice letters, offering free car washes or making snacks for people in need. No act of kindness is too small! Schools can register their activities on our website and share video of them too. BtNs Kind Classrooms Campaign will run for the entire month of May and feature videos of our favourite Kind Classroom activities each week. The aim is to brighten the day of thousands of people everywhere, while showing just how kind the kids of Australia really are. 400 years of Shakespeare It's been four hundred years since the death of the worlds most famous playwright, William Shakespeare. His plays and stories are still really important today, as are the common words and phrases he invented too. This week, we find out more about Shakespeare from the man himself! TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning areas English Year 5 Understand that the pronunciation, spelling and meanings of words have histories and change over time (ACELA1500) Understand, interpret and experiment with sound devices and imagery, including simile, metaphor and personification, in narratives, shape poetry, songs, anthems and odes (ACELT1611) Create literary texts that experiment with structures, ideas and stylistic features of selected authors (ACELT1798) English Year 6 Experiment with text structures and language features and their effects in creating literary texts, for example, using imagery, sentence variation, metaphor and word choice (ACELT1800) Identify the relationship between words, sounds, imagery and language patterns in narratives and poetry such as ballads, limericks and free verse (ACELT1617) HASS / Inquiry and Skills Year 5, 6, 7 Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (ACHASSI094) (ACHASSI122) (ACHASSI152) Dragon Boating Have you heard of dragon boating? It's a tradition that originated in China but now draws participants from all over the world. We spoke to some young teams at the Club Crew World Championships to find out more about this unique sport..

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