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.
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.
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..
Breaking news of a terror attack in the capital of Belgium has shaken people around the world; the Prime Minister has announced that he is willing to dissolve both house of parliament and go to an early election; the federal Environment Minster has raised the coral bleaching threat level on the Great Barrier Reef to its highest point; celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver says Australia should follow the UK's example and introduce a sugar tax; scientists have enlisted penguins as mini-researchers and; no school in Australia has uniforms quite like Hazelbrook Public School. They are thought to be the first school in the country to source 100% fair trade uniforms.
We find out why the government might take the unusual option of a double dissolution election; we take a closer look at an emerging threat to our oceans and seas; we'll play some of the best videos from schools about stamping out bullying; banks normally look after money. But have you ever heard of a bank that looks after seeds?; a new study has found that many Aussie kids don't know where their food comes from and; after watching her aunt fight cancer, 10 year-old Madeline decided she wanted to do something to help kids in a similar situation.
One of the world's best tennis players has been caught using a banned substance; a US Supermarket chain has been criticised for selling pre-peeled mandarins in plastic containers; Australia's National Day of Action Against Bullying is the 18th of March. And last year, BtN marked the day by launching the #BehindYou campaign; NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is getting used to life on earth again after spending 340 days onboard the International Space Station; we often hear about the plight of animals that are becoming endangered or facing extinction on the news. But have you noticed how most of the featured animals are cute ones? and; he might be years off getting his car licence, but 13-year old Ardie is already a natural behind the wheel.
Examines Super Tuesday, an important date on the path to the America's presidency;on the 12 th of March five years ago, a disaster of unimaginable size hit Japan; On Thursday the 10th of March is World Kidney Day; We look at turtle issues and School's Clean Up Day.
A Royal Commission in South Australia has recommended that the state become the first in Australia to house a nuclear waste dump; we look at the discovery of the century - gravitational waves; we visit a school in NZ on the five year anniversary of the Christchurc earthquake; we investigate what a leap year is and a young girl who looks after hurt wombats.
Closing the Gap aims to narrow the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, we look at what progress has been made; we find out about the Zika virus; our decimal currency turns 50; Australia's population is about to reach 24 million and we visit some game-playing orangutans.
On the 26th of January, the nation celebrated Australia Day. It's held on that date because that's when the first fleet arrived at Sydney Cove back in 1788. But many Indigenous people have mixed feelings about the day. So should Australia Day be moved to a date we can all celebrate?
A high-energy, fun way for upper primary and secondary students to learn about current issues and events in their world. Each program is built around major news stories of the week.
The terrible attacks that hit France, Lebanon and Turkey last week have left many kids scared and confused. So this week, we're going to open the show by asking twenty primary school kids what questions they would like answered about this tragic event. BtN will provide answers to help put the terrorist attacks in context and ease the fears of kids now feeling anxious about the future.
This week BtN is taking a special look at some of the issues that come with kids using social media; we look at one country that's managed to eradicate ebola; an international day for toilets; we find out how to become an astronaut and a new program to help young people who have moved to Australia.
Should 16 and 17 year olds be able to vote?; China has scrapped its controversial one child policy; Remembrance Day; a new exploration of Egypt's pyramids and the stars of Scrabble!
A special look at water safety including resuscitation; the history of Australia's most famous horse race; indigenous art and a school's impressive collection of reptiles.
Earlier this week, the Philippines was hit by a huge Typhoon that killed dozens of people and made tens of thousands homeless. As the cleanup now gets underway, we take a look at how this disaster has affected the kids of this country; we investigate why Uluru is so significant to the traditional owners. Plus, Solar Cars, High Rise Schools and Blind Tennis!
Approximately 200 kids are currently held by the Australian Government in immigration detention centres, both here and on the island of Nauru. But lately, there's been growing concern among refugee advocates and healthcare professionals about what impact this is having on the children and what can emergency services do to prepare for the upcoming fire season?
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