Series: Behind the News

Iran Deal
One of the biggest news stories of the week was US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of an international agreement with Iran. It was made back in 2015 because lots of countries were worried that Iran was trying to make nuclear weapons. While many world leaders said the deal was the best way to bring about peace, others said it didn't do enough to stop Iran making weapons. We find out why ditching the deal is a really big deal for the US and the world.

Hawaii Volcano
One of the world's most active volcanos has been causing havoc in Hawaii. Mt Kilauea has been spewing out ash and rivers of lava which has destroyed homes and property. We find out more about the volcano and meet some local kids who live in the shadow of the volcano.

Aussie Space Agency
This week's federal budget contained an exciting announcement for space enthusiasts. The government is planning to put $41 million into the space industry and, for the first time, the country will get its very own space agency! We find out what Australia's future role in space might look like and why so many countries put money into exploring the cosmos.

Young Archies
We meet nine-year-old James, who is one of the finalists of this year's Young Archie competition. It's the junior version of Australia's most famous portrait prize, the Archibald, and it asks kids to draw or paint someone who's important to them. We find out more about the Archibald and meet the art teacher who inspired James to paint his masterpiece.

BTN Investigates: Toilet water
BTN viewer Pollyanna asked us to find out where toilet water goes, so we decided to investigate! Amelia goes on a fascinating, but slightly smelly tour of a waste water treatment plant to find out what happens when we flush the loo.

Behind the News: Iran Deal/Hawaii Volcano/Aussie Space Agency/Young Archies/Toilet water

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:26
Iran Deal One of the biggest news stories of the week was US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of an international agreement with Iran. It was made back in 2015 because lots of countries were worried that Iran was trying to make nuclear weapons. While many world leaders said the deal was the best way to bring about peace, others said it didn't do enough to stop Iran making weapons. We find out why ditching the deal is a really big deal for the US and the world. Hawaii Volcano One of the world's most active volcanos has been causing havoc in Hawaii. Mt Kilauea has been spewing out ash and rivers of lava which has destroyed homes and property. We find out more about the volcano and meet some local kids who live in the shadow of the volcano. Aussie Space Agency This week's federal budget contained an exciting announcement for space enthusiasts. The government is planning to put $41 million into the space industry and, for the first time, the country will get its very own space agency! We find out what Australia's future role in space might look like and why so many countries put money into exploring the cosmos. Young Archies We meet nine-year-old James, who is one of the finalists of this year's Young Archie competition. It's the junior version of Australia's most famous portrait prize, the Archibald, and it asks kids to draw or paint someone who's important to them. We find out more about the Archibald and meet the art teacher who inspired James to paint his masterpiece. BTN Investigates: Toilet water BTN viewer Pollyanna asked us to find out where toilet water goes, so we decided to investigate! Amelia goes on a fascinating, but slightly smelly tour of a waste water treatment plant to find out what happens when we flush the loo.
Budget 2018
Next Tuesday is budget day - when the federal government outlines how it's planning to spend Australia's money. It's one of the biggest days of the year for Aussie politicians but it's also an important day for ordinary Aussies, because the budget affects us all. We find out what the budget is and why keeping everyone happy can be a difficult job.

Korea Talks
Over the past few weeks there's been some good news about North and South Korea. For the first time in a decade the leaders of the two countries have met and they say they're working towards a peace treaty. We find out why that's a big deal by having a look at the history of North Korea and South Korea.

Free Range Eggs
For a long time there's been debate in Australia about chickens and eggs - that is - how chickens are farmed and how eggs are labelled. Many customers are willing to pay more for eggs that are "free range", but there's been some confusion about exactly what free range means. Now some new laws have come in which aim to clear that up. We visit an egg farm to find out more about the news laws and how they could affect Aussie farmers and Aussie breakfasts!

Bionic Builder
We find out about a year 8 student from Melbourne who challenged herself with a Christmas holiday school assignment. She looked into bionic technology and 3D printing and managed to build a bionic arm from scratch!

Ask a Reporter: Why Do We Listen to Music?
BTN viewer Isabelle asks is the intriguing question; "Why do people like music so much?" Jack goes on a musical journey to find out more about the story of song and why the tunes that we love get our toes tapping.

Behind the News: Budget 2018/Korea Talks/Free Range Eggs/Bionic Builder/Why Do We Listen to Music?

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:27
Budget 2018 Next Tuesday is budget day - when the federal government outlines how it's planning to spend Australia's money. It's one of the biggest days of the year for Aussie politicians but it's also an important day for ordinary Aussies, because the budget affects us all. We find out what the budget is and why keeping everyone happy can be a difficult job. Korea Talks Over the past few weeks there's been some good news about North and South Korea. For the first time in a decade the leaders of the two countries have met and they say they're working towards a peace treaty. We find out why that's a big deal by having a look at the history of North Korea and South Korea. Free Range Eggs For a long time there's been debate in Australia about chickens and eggs - that is - how chickens are farmed and how eggs are labelled. Many customers are willing to pay more for eggs that are "free range", but there's been some confusion about exactly what free range means. Now some new laws have come in which aim to clear that up. We visit an egg farm to find out more about the news laws and how they could affect Aussie farmers and Aussie breakfasts! Bionic Builder We find out about a year 8 student from Melbourne who challenged herself with a Christmas holiday school assignment. She looked into bionic technology and 3D printing and managed to build a bionic arm from scratch! Ask a Reporter: Why Do We Listen to Music? BTN viewer Isabelle asks is the intriguing question; "Why do people like music so much?" Jack goes on a musical journey to find out more about the story of song and why the tunes that we love get our toes tapping.
Banks Behaving Badly
A royal commission into Aussie banks has put some of our most powerful financial institutions under the spotlight and some seriously dodgy dealings are being uncovered. We'll look at the important role that banks play in the lives of Australians, why the royal commission came about and why its findings have made a lot of people angry.

Villers-Bretonneux Centenary
This Anzac Day marked 100 years since thousands of Australian soldiers fought to free a tiny French town from German occupation during World War I. Its name is Villers-Bretonneux and the battle that took place there is recognised as an important turning point in the war. We find out more about what happened in Villers-Bretonneux and why the town still has a special connection to Australia.

BTN Kids Contribute Survey Results
Recently we asked kids around Australia to tell us how they contribute at home, at school at in their communities. More than 11,000 took part in the survey and now the results are in. This week we'll tell you more about how kids are contributing and how it makes them feel.

Composting Kids
Did you know that next week is International Compost Awareness Week? It might not be on everyone's calendar but experts say composting is a process we should all know more about. We meet some school kids who explain how compost can scrap pollution and build healthier soils.  

Corny Business
We meet Sam, a young entrepreneur, whose popcorn business has taken off since it launched late last year. Sam tells us what it's like to run a business and whether there's any such thing as too much popcorn!

Behind the News: Banks Behaving Badly/Villers-Bretonneux Centenary/BTN Kids Contribute/Composting Kids/Corny Business

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:25
Banks Behaving Badly A royal commission into Aussie banks has put some of our most powerful financial institutions under the spotlight and some seriously dodgy dealings are being uncovered. We'll look at the important role that banks play in the lives of Australians, why the royal commission came about and why its findings have made a lot of people angry. Villers-Bretonneux Centenary This Anzac Day marked 100 years since thousands of Australian soldiers fought to free a tiny French town from German occupation during World War I. Its name is Villers-Bretonneux and the battle that took place there is recognised as an important turning point in the war. We find out more about what happened in Villers-Bretonneux and why the town still has a special connection to Australia. BTN Kids Contribute Survey Results Recently we asked kids around Australia to tell us how they contribute at home, at school at in their communities. More than 11,000 took part in the survey and now the results are in. This week we'll tell you more about how kids are contributing and how it makes them feel. Composting Kids Did you know that next week is International Compost Awareness Week? It might not be on everyone's calendar but experts say composting is a process we should all know more about. We meet some school kids who explain how compost can scrap pollution and build healthier soils. Corny Business We meet Sam, a young entrepreneur, whose popcorn business has taken off since it launched late last year. Sam tells us what it's like to run a business and whether there's any such thing as too much popcorn!
Tariffs
US President Donald Trump got the whole world talking about tariffs last week, after announcing a new one on steel and aluminium imports. It got many countries around the world fired up, so we're going to take a closer look at what tariffs are and why the US introduced this one.

Hawking's Life
World-famous scientist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76. He was a pioneer in cosmology and theoretical physics. We'll find out how he made such a big impact on scientific thinking around the world.
 
Australia's Population: A BTN two-part special
Our next 'Ask a Reporter' topic
In part 2 of BTN's special look at Australia's population, we'll investigate where our population is headed and take a look at both sides of the growth debate. Then on Friday following the show, join us live for Ask a Reporter, where Jack and Amelia will answer all of your population questions.
 
Amelia Earhart
New research has concluded that that bones discovered on an island in the Pacific in 1940 are likely those of Amelia Earhart. She was a legendary aviator that disappeared on an around-the-world flight attempt. We'll take a look back at her life to find out why she's still an inspiration today.
 
BTN Investigates: How do planes fly?
Following on from Amelia Earhart's story, one of our viewers wants to know "How do planes fly?" We sent Matt out on a wing and a hunt for the answer.

Behind the News: Tariffs/Hawking's Life/Australia's Population/Amelia Earhart/How do planes fly?

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:27
Tariffs US President Donald Trump got the whole world talking about tariffs last week, after announcing a new one on steel and aluminium imports. It got many countries around the world fired up, so we're going to take a closer look at what tariffs are and why the US introduced this one. Hawking's Life World-famous scientist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76. He was a pioneer in cosmology and theoretical physics. We'll find out how he made such a big impact on scientific thinking around the world. Australia's Population: A BTN two-part special Our next 'Ask a Reporter' topic In part 2 of BTN's special look at Australia's population, we'll investigate where our population is headed and take a look at both sides of the growth debate. Then on Friday following the show, join us live for Ask a Reporter, where Jack and Amelia will answer all of your population questions. Amelia Earhart New research has concluded that that bones discovered on an island in the Pacific in 1940 are likely those of Amelia Earhart. She was a legendary aviator that disappeared on an around-the-world flight attempt. We'll take a look back at her life to find out why she's still an inspiration today. BTN Investigates: How do planes fly? Following on from Amelia Earhart's story, one of our viewers wants to know "How do planes fly?" We sent Matt out on a wing and a hunt for the answer.
Voting Age Experiment
Our next 'Ask a Reporter' topic
In Australia, no one can vote in an election until they turn 18. But what would happen if that age was lowered? That's something that South Australia's Commissioner for Children and Young People is aiming to test during the upcoming state election there. The group are asking school students aged 16 and 17 to vote, before adding those unofficial results to real ones to see what effect it would have had.
 
Australia's Population - a BTN two part special
Over the next two weeks, BTN will join the rest of the ABC in taking a special look at Australia's population. In the first of our two part special, we're going to take a look back at our long journey to 24 million people. We'll follow that with an investigation into where our population is headed and the debate around whether that growth is good.

BTN's Kids Contribute Survey
How much good do Australian kids do in their homes, schools and communities? That's exactly what we want to find out with the first ever BTN Kids Contribute Survey. Watch our story all about a young volunteer - and then jump online to fill in our short survey about all the things you do for others.

Plastic Campaign
Meet a 12-year old on a mission to reduce the amount of plastic in our oceans. Arlian has been dubbed the 'plastic-free boy' and he hopes to inspire kids around the country with his own documentary, 'Plastic Alarm'.
 
Record Message
The world's oldest message in a bottle has been discovered in Western Australia, 132 years after it was dropped in the ocean. It's an incredible find - and it's telling historians a more than you might expect.

Behind the News: Voting Age Experiment/Australia's Population/Kids Contribute Survey/Plastic Campaign/Record Message

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:36
Voting Age Experiment Our next 'Ask a Reporter' topic In Australia, no one can vote in an election until they turn 18. But what would happen if that age was lowered? That's something that South Australia's Commissioner for Children and Young People is aiming to test during the upcoming state election there. The group are asking school students aged 16 and 17 to vote, before adding those unofficial results to real ones to see what effect it would have had. Australia's Population - a BTN two part special Over the next two weeks, BTN will join the rest of the ABC in taking a special look at Australia's population. In the first of our two part special, we're going to take a look back at our long journey to 24 million people. We'll follow that with an investigation into where our population is headed and the debate around whether that growth is good. BTN's Kids Contribute Survey How much good do Australian kids do in their homes, schools and communities? That's exactly what we want to find out with the first ever BTN Kids Contribute Survey. Watch our story all about a young volunteer - and then jump online to fill in our short survey about all the things you do for others. Plastic Campaign Meet a 12-year old on a mission to reduce the amount of plastic in our oceans. Arlian has been dubbed the 'plastic-free boy' and he hopes to inspire kids around the country with his own documentary, 'Plastic Alarm'. Record Message The world's oldest message in a bottle has been discovered in Western Australia, 132 years after it was dropped in the ocean. It's an incredible find - and it's telling historians a more than you might expect.
The Coalition
Our next 'Ask a Reporter" topic
Recently the federal National party elected a new leader, named Michael McCormack. Soon after, the Australian Government swore in a new Deputy Prime Minister, also named Michael McCormack. That important role is always given to the leader of the Nationals as part of its agreement with the Liberal party. But when did this agreement start? And what's in it for both sides?

International Women's Day
The 8th of March is International Women's Day, when we're encouraged to learn more about the inequality faced by women and girls everywhere. But it's also a time to celebrate some of the amazing contributions women have made. To get you started, we'll run through some of the major milestones in the fight for women's rights and find out about a new ABC kids podcast that highlights the inspiring stories behind some of Australia's most inspiring women.

Mardi Gras History
It's a celebration attended by hundreds of thousands of people every year and this year it turns 40. But how did Sydney's Mardi Gras festival actually begin? We'll take you back in history to find out.

Dingo Heroes
A new study has found that sometimes dingoes can become unlikely heroes to small native animals. The wild dogs hunt feral predators like foxes and cats and, in the process, protect smaller native mammals that would usually be their dinner.
 
Racing Class
This weekend Australia's best V8 Supercar drivers will take part in the Adelaide 500. But before they hit the track, they'll be grilled by a group of school kids as part of a junior press conference. We tagged along to find out how these rookie reporters go - and discover what other lessons these kids can be taught in pit lane.

Behind the News: The Coalition/International Women's Day/Mardi Gras History/Dingo Heroes/Racing Class

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:27
The Coalition Our next 'Ask a Reporter" topic Recently the federal National party elected a new leader, named Michael McCormack. Soon after, the Australian Government swore in a new Deputy Prime Minister, also named Michael McCormack. That important role is always given to the leader of the Nationals as part of its agreement with the Liberal party. But when did this agreement start? And what's in it for both sides? International Women's Day The 8th of March is International Women's Day, when we're encouraged to learn more about the inequality faced by women and girls everywhere. But it's also a time to celebrate some of the amazing contributions women have made. To get you started, we'll run through some of the major milestones in the fight for women's rights and find out about a new ABC kids podcast that highlights the inspiring stories behind some of Australia's most inspiring women. Mardi Gras History It's a celebration attended by hundreds of thousands of people every year and this year it turns 40. But how did Sydney's Mardi Gras festival actually begin? We'll take you back in history to find out. Dingo Heroes A new study has found that sometimes dingoes can become unlikely heroes to small native animals. The wild dogs hunt feral predators like foxes and cats and, in the process, protect smaller native mammals that would usually be their dinner. Racing Class This weekend Australia's best V8 Supercar drivers will take part in the Adelaide 500. But before they hit the track, they'll be grilled by a group of school kids as part of a junior press conference. We tagged along to find out how these rookie reporters go - and discover what other lessons these kids can be taught in pit lane.
Winter Olympics - Our next 'Ask a Reporter' topic
Next week the Winter Olympic Games will begin. But while athletes around the world are gearing up for the competition, a lot of the focus has actually been on host country South Korea and its relationship with its neighbour, North Korea. Both countries have agreed to march under one flag at the opening ceremony and compete together in some sports. We'll find out why this small act of unity is actually a big deal.

Safer Internet Day
Have you ever wondered why many internet sites and services are banned for kids under 13-years old? To mark Safer Internet Day on the 6th of February, we're going to investigate. We'll also learn about other rules designed to keep you safe online.

Greenland Warming
Most of us have heard about the threat of global warming. But its effects can already be seen in the cold northern country of Greenland, where more and more ice is melting into the ocean each year. Though as Ruby found out, the warmer temperatures are also providing some positive opportunities for the people here, too.

Super Blue Blood Moon
This week, kids and adults all over Australia stayed up late to check out a very special moon. It was called a super blue blood moon and it looked pretty spectacular. But why did it look so different? We'll find out.
 
T-Shirt Business
Opening a business sounds like a pretty adult thing to do. But two 12-year old kids are proving that not only can you do it before hitting your teens - you can also be really successful! We'll hear from them to find out how they managed to do it.

Behind the News: Winter Olympics/Safer Internet Day/Greenland Warming/Super Blue Blood Moon/T-Shirt Business

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:28
Winter Olympics - Our next 'Ask a Reporter' topic Next week the Winter Olympic Games will begin. But while athletes around the world are gearing up for the competition, a lot of the focus has actually been on host country South Korea and its relationship with its neighbour, North Korea. Both countries have agreed to march under one flag at the opening ceremony and compete together in some sports. We'll find out why this small act of unity is actually a big deal. Safer Internet Day Have you ever wondered why many internet sites and services are banned for kids under 13-years old? To mark Safer Internet Day on the 6th of February, we're going to investigate. We'll also learn about other rules designed to keep you safe online. Greenland Warming Most of us have heard about the threat of global warming. But its effects can already be seen in the cold northern country of Greenland, where more and more ice is melting into the ocean each year. Though as Ruby found out, the warmer temperatures are also providing some positive opportunities for the people here, too. Super Blue Blood Moon This week, kids and adults all over Australia stayed up late to check out a very special moon. It was called a super blue blood moon and it looked pretty spectacular. But why did it look so different? We'll find out. T-Shirt Business Opening a business sounds like a pretty adult thing to do. But two 12-year old kids are proving that not only can you do it before hitting your teens - you can also be really successful! We'll hear from them to find out how they managed to do it.
Zimbabwe
The controversial President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe has resigned. Mugabe was under pressure from the country's military to step aside to make way for a new leader. The news triggered mass celebrations on the streets. We'll find out why. 
 
UN Kids Study
A recent United Nations study has shown almost half of children feel their views go unheard by adults. It's just one of the statistics contained in the report, which surveyed children from 14 countries around the world. We'll dive into the data to find out what else has kids concerned overseas.
 
Beach Safety App
A nine-year old girl in Sydney has created an app to help save lives this summer. Sarah's app contains three mini games that teach people about sun protection, water safety and CPR.

Teaching Resources Included
Learning Areas - 
 
Health and PE / Personal, Social and Community Health:
Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (Years 5 and 6)
Investigate community resources and ways to seek help about health, safety and wellbeing (Years 5 and 6)

Health and PE / Personal, Social and Community Health / Contributing to healthy and active communities:
Investigate the role of preventive health in promoting and maintaining health, safety and wellbeing for individuals and their communities (Years 5 and 6)
  
The Sailing Kangaroo
You might've met a kangaroo or two in your time, but you've probably never met one like Edward. He's a red kangaroo who's been blind since birth and currently, he lives on a boat floating along the Murray River. But Eddie's getting too big for life on the water so his owner Lee is trying to find him a new home.

BTN Investigates - Christmas Traditions
Christmas decorations are up and school is only a few weeks away from wrapping up.
So one member of our audience asked us to find out where all of our beloved Christmas traditions came from. We'll deck the halls with loads of answers next week.

Teaching Resources Included
Learning Areas - 
 
HASS / History / Knowledge and Understanding:
Celebrations and commemorations in places around the world (for example, Chinese New Year in countries of the Asia region, Bastille Day in France, Independence Day in the USA), including those that are observed in Australia (for example, Christmas Day, Diwali, Easter, Hanukkah, the Moon Festival and Ramadan) (Year 3)

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning:
Pose questions to investigate people, events, places and issues (Years 3 and 4)

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching:
Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations (Years 3 and 4)

Behind the News: Zimbabwe/UN Kids Study/Beach Safety App/The Sailing Kangaroo/Christmas Traditions

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:28
Zimbabwe The controversial President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe has resigned. Mugabe was under pressure from the country's military to step aside to make way for a new leader. The news triggered mass celebrations on the streets. We'll find out why. UN Kids Study A recent United Nations study has shown almost half of children feel their views go unheard by adults. It's just one of the statistics contained in the report, which surveyed children from 14 countries around the world. We'll dive into the data to find out what else has kids concerned overseas. Beach Safety App A nine-year old girl in Sydney has created an app to help save lives this summer. Sarah's app contains three mini games that teach people about sun protection, water safety and CPR. Teaching Resources Included Learning Areas - Health and PE / Personal, Social and Community Health: Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (Years 5 and 6) Investigate community resources and ways to seek help about health, safety and wellbeing (Years 5 and 6) Health and PE / Personal, Social and Community Health / Contributing to healthy and active communities: Investigate the role of preventive health in promoting and maintaining health, safety and wellbeing for individuals and their communities (Years 5 and 6) The Sailing Kangaroo You might've met a kangaroo or two in your time, but you've probably never met one like Edward. He's a red kangaroo who's been blind since birth and currently, he lives on a boat floating along the Murray River. But Eddie's getting too big for life on the water so his owner Lee is trying to find him a new home. BTN Investigates - Christmas Traditions Christmas decorations are up and school is only a few weeks away from wrapping up. So one member of our audience asked us to find out where all of our beloved Christmas traditions came from. We'll deck the halls with loads of answers next week. Teaching Resources Included Learning Areas - HASS / History / Knowledge and Understanding: Celebrations and commemorations in places around the world (for example, Chinese New Year in countries of the Asia region, Bastille Day in France, Independence Day in the USA), including those that are observed in Australia (for example, Christmas Day, Diwali, Easter, Hanukkah, the Moon Festival and Ramadan) (Year 3) HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Pose questions to investigate people, events, places and issues (Years 3 and 4) HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching: Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations (Years 3 and 4)
Marriage Survey Results
61.6 percent of Australians have voted to allow same-sex marriage to be legalised. We'll take a closer look at the result and find out what's now required to make it official.

Driverless Cars
This week, Australia is hosting the International Driverless Car Summit. Experts from around the world will gather to talk about the benefits and challenges facing this new technology. Tune in for a full wrap of the pros and cons.

Coral Spawning 
A special annual event has just got underway off the coast of Queensland. It's the time each year when coral right across the Great Barrier Reef reproduce. But experts are paying particularly close attention this year so they can measure how much the reef has suffered because of things like cyclones and bleaching.
 
Teaching 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)
 
Pet Bushfire Safety 
As bushfire season begins for many Australians, fire services and the RSPCA are teaming up to remind people not to leave their pets out of their family action plan. We'll run you through the best ways to make sure your four-legged friend stays safe this summer.
 
Big Idea Winner
We'll introduce you to a kid who's come up with a great way to make life easier for carers around Australia. Eight-year old Amelia has designed a special hoist to help lift her brother out of his wheelchair. And now the invention has won her a trip to NASA!
 
Teaching resources included
Learning Areas - 
 
Science / 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 and 6)
 
Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations (Year 7)
 
People use science understanding and skills in their occupations and these have influenced the development of practices in areas of human activity (Year 7)
 
Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Questioning and predicting:
With guidance, pose clarifying questions and make predictions about scientific investigations (Years 5 and 6)
 
Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Evaluating:
Reflect on and suggest improvements to scientific investigations (Years 5 and 6)

Behind the News: Marriage Survey Results/Driverless Cars/Coral Spawning/Pet Bushfire Safety/Big Idea Winner

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:28
Marriage Survey Results 61.6 percent of Australians have voted to allow same-sex marriage to be legalised. We'll take a closer look at the result and find out what's now required to make it official. Driverless Cars This week, Australia is hosting the International Driverless Car Summit. Experts from around the world will gather to talk about the benefits and challenges facing this new technology. Tune in for a full wrap of the pros and cons. Coral Spawning A special annual event has just got underway off the coast of Queensland. It's the time each year when coral right across the Great Barrier Reef reproduce. But experts are paying particularly close attention this year so they can measure how much the reef has suffered because of things like cyclones and bleaching. Teaching 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) Pet Bushfire Safety As bushfire season begins for many Australians, fire services and the RSPCA are teaming up to remind people not to leave their pets out of their family action plan. We'll run you through the best ways to make sure your four-legged friend stays safe this summer. Big Idea Winner We'll introduce you to a kid who's come up with a great way to make life easier for carers around Australia. Eight-year old Amelia has designed a special hoist to help lift her brother out of his wheelchair. And now the invention has won her a trip to NASA! Teaching resources included Learning Areas - Science / 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 and 6) Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations (Year 7) People use science understanding and skills in their occupations and these have influenced the development of practices in areas of human activity (Year 7) Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Questioning and predicting: With guidance, pose clarifying questions and make predictions about scientific investigations (Years 5 and 6) Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Evaluating: Reflect on and suggest improvements to scientific investigations (Years 5 and 6)
Paradise Papers
Last week, millions of leaked documents, dubbed 'the Paradise Papers', were released by news outlets around the world. Among other things, they detail the processes that some people and companies use to move their money in an effort to pay much less tax. Nike was one of the companies contained in the release. So next week, we'll reveal exactly how much money from each pair of their shoes you buy in Australia stays here as tax.

Ozone Improvement 
NASA has revealed some good environment news! It says the ozone hole over Antarctica is the smallest it's been for three decades. That's a pretty big deal, because in the 90s, things were looking really bad. So to celebrate, we'll find out exactly what the ozone layer actually is and why things are improving.
 
Teaching resources included
Learning Areas - 
 
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 solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (Years 5 and 6)
 
History of Toilets
On November 19, we all mark World Toilet Day. The aim is to spread word that toilets save lives by doing a messy, but vital job. Plus, it's an excellent opportunity to tell your toilet how much you appreciate it! Awkwardly, we'll do just that next week.

Indigenous Seasons
We all know the traditional European seasons; summer, autumn, winter and spring.
But did you know Australia's Indigenous cultures had different seasons that better fit local weather conditions, plants and animals? Next week, we'll join a class as they learn more about these seasons and how they vary across the continent.
 
Teaching resources included
Learning Areas - 
 
Geography / Knowledge and Understanding:
The custodial responsibility Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have for Country/Place, and how this influences views about sustainability (Year 4)
 
Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences:
Predictable phenomena on Earth, including seasons and eclipses, are caused by the relative positions of the sun, Earth and the moon (Year 7)

Gaelic Covers
Finally we'll travel to Ireland, where some kids are using famous songs to keep their culture alive. They've made music videos covering famous songs in their traditional language, Irish Gaelic. Not many people are speaking it anymore, so they hope these covers will help revive this ancient language.

Behind the News: Paradise Papers/Ozone Improvement/History of Toilets/Indigenous Seasons/Gaelic Covers

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:29
Paradise Papers Last week, millions of leaked documents, dubbed 'the Paradise Papers', were released by news outlets around the world. Among other things, they detail the processes that some people and companies use to move their money in an effort to pay much less tax. Nike was one of the companies contained in the release. So next week, we'll reveal exactly how much money from each pair of their shoes you buy in Australia stays here as tax. Ozone Improvement NASA has revealed some good environment news! It says the ozone hole over Antarctica is the smallest it's been for three decades. That's a pretty big deal, because in the 90s, things were looking really bad. So to celebrate, we'll find out exactly what the ozone layer actually is and why things are improving. Teaching resources included Learning Areas - 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 solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (Years 5 and 6) History of Toilets On November 19, we all mark World Toilet Day. The aim is to spread word that toilets save lives by doing a messy, but vital job. Plus, it's an excellent opportunity to tell your toilet how much you appreciate it! Awkwardly, we'll do just that next week. Indigenous Seasons We all know the traditional European seasons; summer, autumn, winter and spring. But did you know Australia's Indigenous cultures had different seasons that better fit local weather conditions, plants and animals? Next week, we'll join a class as they learn more about these seasons and how they vary across the continent. Teaching resources included Learning Areas - Geography / Knowledge and Understanding: The custodial responsibility Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have for Country/Place, and how this influences views about sustainability (Year 4) Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences: Predictable phenomena on Earth, including seasons and eclipses, are caused by the relative positions of the sun, Earth and the moon (Year 7) Gaelic Covers Finally we'll travel to Ireland, where some kids are using famous songs to keep their culture alive. They've made music videos covering famous songs in their traditional language, Irish Gaelic. Not many people are speaking it anymore, so they hope these covers will help revive this ancient language.
Adani Mine
You might have heard about a big project that's been proposed for Queensland's Galilee Basin. An Indian company called Adani wants to create one of the biggest coal mines in the world there but it's really controversial. In fact it's one of the biggest issues being talked about in the lead-up to the Queensland State election. We find out more about the mine and why it's been causing so much debate.
 
Flu Season
If you came down with the flu this year, you're not alone! This season has been the worst in years, with around 220,000 people coming down with the Influenza Virus. It's got some calling for a stronger flu vaccine and even suggesting it should be available for free to everyone. We look at what the flu is, how a vaccine can help and why this year was such a bad one.
 
Extended teaching resources
Learning Areas -
 
Science / 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 and 6)
 
Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations (Year 7)

Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Communicating:
Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (Years 5 and 6)
 
Uluru Climbing Ban
Uluru is one of Australia's biggest tourist attractions but, from 2019, visitors will no longer be able to climb the famous rock. It's something traditional owners have been fighting for for many years because, to them, Uluru is a sacred site. We look at the debate that led up to this historic decision.

Recycling Week
Next week is National Recycling Week, when Australians are encouraged to think a bit more about what they throw away. We take a closer look at the recycling process, find out what we can put in our recycling bins, and what we can do to reduce waste.

Extended teaching resources
Learning areas -
 
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)
 
Science / Science Understanding / Chemical sciences:
Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties that 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 solve problems and inform personal and community decisions  (Years 5 and 6)
 
HASS / 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)
  
BTN Investigates - History of Electricity
Friday the 10th of November is World Science Day, so we thought this week would be a good time to answer a question one of our viewers has about an important scientific discovery - electricity. Ethan asks when electricity was first discovered, and we've done our best to find out!

Behind the News: Adani Mine/Flu Season/Uluru Climbing Ban/Recycling Week/History of Electricity

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:36
Adani Mine You might have heard about a big project that's been proposed for Queensland's Galilee Basin. An Indian company called Adani wants to create one of the biggest coal mines in the world there but it's really controversial. In fact it's one of the biggest issues being talked about in the lead-up to the Queensland State election. We find out more about the mine and why it's been causing so much debate. Flu Season If you came down with the flu this year, you're not alone! This season has been the worst in years, with around 220,000 people coming down with the Influenza Virus. It's got some calling for a stronger flu vaccine and even suggesting it should be available for free to everyone. We look at what the flu is, how a vaccine can help and why this year was such a bad one. Extended teaching resources Learning Areas - Science / 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 and 6) Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations (Year 7) Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Communicating: Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (Years 5 and 6) Uluru Climbing Ban Uluru is one of Australia's biggest tourist attractions but, from 2019, visitors will no longer be able to climb the famous rock. It's something traditional owners have been fighting for for many years because, to them, Uluru is a sacred site. We look at the debate that led up to this historic decision. Recycling Week Next week is National Recycling Week, when Australians are encouraged to think a bit more about what they throw away. We take a closer look at the recycling process, find out what we can put in our recycling bins, and what we can do to reduce waste. Extended teaching resources Learning areas - 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) Science / Science Understanding / Chemical sciences: Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties that 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 solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (Years 5 and 6) HASS / 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) BTN Investigates - History of Electricity Friday the 10th of November is World Science Day, so we thought this week would be a good time to answer a question one of our viewers has about an important scientific discovery - electricity. Ethan asks when electricity was first discovered, and we've done our best to find out!
NBN Problems
This week there's been a lot of talk about Australia's National Broadband Network. It's the biggest infrastructure project in Australia's history , which aims to upgrade internet speeds right around the country. But it's copped a lot of criticism lately for being too expensive, too slow, and not as good as many had hoped. We take a look at exactly what the NBN is and why it's controversial.
 
Kokoda Anniversary 
Next Thursday marks the 75 anniversary of a big moment in Australia's military history. On the 2nd of November Australian soldiers recaptured Kokoda after long and difficult campaign to stop Japanese invasion of Papua. We look at the history and significance of the Kokoda campaign.
 
Kokoda Virtual Reality Experience 
To mark the anniversary of the Kokoda Campaign BTN has been working to produce an educational experience of the Kokoda track. It's called Kokoda VR and it transports you to real life locations where you'll hear and take part in the story. Before the release of Kokoda VR on Thursday we'll give you a look at how it all came together.

Extended teaching resources
Learning Areas -
 
Heath and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Being healthy, safe and active:
Identify and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (Years 3 and 4)
 
Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (Years 5 and 6)
 
Heath and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing:
Discuss and interpret health information and messages in the media and internet (Years 3 and 4)

Heath and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Contributing to healthy and active communities:
Investigate the role of preventive health in promoting and maintaining health, safety and wellbeing for individuals and their communities (Years 5 and 6)

Mountain School
Imagine having to trek for days through some of the world's most dangerous terrain just to get to school. That's what some kids in a remote part of the Himalayas face at the moment. An Australian charity is trying to help by building a boarding house where the children can safely get an education.

BTN Investigates - Halloween
BTN viewer Shelby has sent us a question just in time for October 31. She wants to know why people celebrate Halloween. We take a look at the origins of this spooky tradition.

Behind the News: NBN Problems/Kokoda Anniversary /Kokoda Virtual Reality Experience/Mountain School/Halloween

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:27
NBN Problems This week there's been a lot of talk about Australia's National Broadband Network. It's the biggest infrastructure project in Australia's history , which aims to upgrade internet speeds right around the country. But it's copped a lot of criticism lately for being too expensive, too slow, and not as good as many had hoped. We take a look at exactly what the NBN is and why it's controversial. Kokoda Anniversary Next Thursday marks the 75 anniversary of a big moment in Australia's military history. On the 2nd of November Australian soldiers recaptured Kokoda after long and difficult campaign to stop Japanese invasion of Papua. We look at the history and significance of the Kokoda campaign. Kokoda Virtual Reality Experience To mark the anniversary of the Kokoda Campaign BTN has been working to produce an educational experience of the Kokoda track. It's called Kokoda VR and it transports you to real life locations where you'll hear and take part in the story. Before the release of Kokoda VR on Thursday we'll give you a look at how it all came together. Extended teaching resources Learning Areas - Heath and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Being healthy, safe and active: Identify and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (Years 3 and 4) Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (Years 5 and 6) Heath and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing: Discuss and interpret health information and messages in the media and internet (Years 3 and 4) Heath and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Contributing to healthy and active communities: Investigate the role of preventive health in promoting and maintaining health, safety and wellbeing for individuals and their communities (Years 5 and 6) Mountain School Imagine having to trek for days through some of the world's most dangerous terrain just to get to school. That's what some kids in a remote part of the Himalayas face at the moment. An Australian charity is trying to help by building a boarding house where the children can safely get an education. BTN Investigates - Halloween BTN viewer Shelby has sent us a question just in time for October 31. She wants to know why people celebrate Halloween. We take a look at the origins of this spooky tradition.
The inaugural BTN Teacher Awards!
Is your teacher something special? Do they go above and beyond to make your learning fun?
Well BTN would like to hear from you! This week we're launching a new national competition to find Australia's most special teacher. All it takes to nominate them is a short video telling (and showing) us why you think they are the best.
Tune in next week for all the details!

Holden Closure
This week marks the end of an era, as Holden's car manufacturing plant in South Australia closes its doors for good. It's a huge moment for workers and for the whole country, as we see the end of car manufacturing in Australia. We'll take a look at the history of this industry and find out what the future might hold for those affected.

Space Discovery
For the first time ever, scientists have traced gravitational waves through outer space to their source. That sounds exciting - but what does it mean? We'll find out how the discovery was made and why astronomers say it will change the way we look at the universe.
 
Quoll Return
It's been more than 50 years since Eastern Quolls became extinct on mainland Australia. But now the little marsupials are set for a comeback. Conservationists are taking quolls from a sanctuary in Tasmania and releasing them into a national park in New South Wales. We find out a bit more about the project and why it's good news for both quolls and the environment.
 
Teaching resources included
Learning Areas - 

Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences:
Living things have life cycles Year 4
Living things, including plants and animals, 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 the physical conditions of their environment (Year 6)

Teaching Australia
Teaching is one of the most important jobs out there. So to celebrate all of the amazing work that teachers do each and every year, we're is launching a new competition - the BTN Teacher Awards! But first, we're going to find out a little more about what this job actually involves and how it's changed over the past hundred years.
 
BTN Investigates - the History of Video Games
BTN viewer Mini has asked us to find out what the first ever game was, who made it and why? Well Mini, you've come to the right place. We've put avid gamer Ruby on the case - tune in next week for her answer.

Teaching resources included
Learning Areas - 
 
Digital Technologies / Knowledge and Understanding:
Examine how whole numbers are used to represent all data in digital systems (Years 5 and 6)
 
Digital Technologies / Processes and Production Skills:
Implement digital solutions as simple visual programs involving branching, iteration (repetition), and user input (Years 5 and 6)
 
Implement and modify programs with user interfaces involving branching, iteration and functions in a general-purpose programming language (Years 7 and 8)
 
Design and Technologies / Processes and Production Skills:
Generate, develop and communicate design ideas and processes for audiences using appropriate technical terms and graphical representation techniques (Years 5 and 6)

Behind the News: Inaugural BTN Teacher Awards/Holden Closure/Space Discovery/Quoll Return/Teaching Australia/History of Video Games

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:27
The inaugural BTN Teacher Awards! Is your teacher something special? Do they go above and beyond to make your learning fun? Well BTN would like to hear from you! This week we're launching a new national competition to find Australia's most special teacher. All it takes to nominate them is a short video telling (and showing) us why you think they are the best. Tune in next week for all the details! Holden Closure This week marks the end of an era, as Holden's car manufacturing plant in South Australia closes its doors for good. It's a huge moment for workers and for the whole country, as we see the end of car manufacturing in Australia. We'll take a look at the history of this industry and find out what the future might hold for those affected. Space Discovery For the first time ever, scientists have traced gravitational waves through outer space to their source. That sounds exciting - but what does it mean? We'll find out how the discovery was made and why astronomers say it will change the way we look at the universe. Quoll Return It's been more than 50 years since Eastern Quolls became extinct on mainland Australia. But now the little marsupials are set for a comeback. Conservationists are taking quolls from a sanctuary in Tasmania and releasing them into a national park in New South Wales. We find out a bit more about the project and why it's good news for both quolls and the environment. Teaching resources included Learning Areas - Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Living things have life cycles Year 4 Living things, including plants and animals, 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 the physical conditions of their environment (Year 6) Teaching Australia Teaching is one of the most important jobs out there. So to celebrate all of the amazing work that teachers do each and every year, we're is launching a new competition - the BTN Teacher Awards! But first, we're going to find out a little more about what this job actually involves and how it's changed over the past hundred years. BTN Investigates - the History of Video Games BTN viewer Mini has asked us to find out what the first ever game was, who made it and why? Well Mini, you've come to the right place. We've put avid gamer Ruby on the case - tune in next week for her answer. Teaching resources included Learning Areas - Digital Technologies / Knowledge and Understanding: Examine how whole numbers are used to represent all data in digital systems (Years 5 and 6) Digital Technologies / Processes and Production Skills: Implement digital solutions as simple visual programs involving branching, iteration (repetition), and user input (Years 5 and 6) Implement and modify programs with user interfaces involving branching, iteration and functions in a general-purpose programming language (Years 7 and 8) Design and Technologies / Processes and Production Skills: Generate, develop and communicate design ideas and processes for audiences using appropriate technical terms and graphical representation techniques (Years 5 and 6)
Spain Protests
Recently, big protests and even violence hit the European country of Spain. It's all because one region, Catalonia, is seriously considering breaking away from the rest of the country. Next week we'll find out why some Catalonians want to stay and others want to leave.

BTN's Happiness Survey - What makes you happy and sad?
Last term, we asked you to tell us when you're at your happiest and when you're not in the 2nd ever BTN Happiness Survey. And we were blown away with how many of you did just that! 46,974 of you responded, easily making it the biggest survey of youth health and wellbeing in Australian history. But what did you tell us? In part one of our two part special feature, we'll take a look at what areas of life that worry you most, along with the parts that put a smile on your dial.

BTN's Happiness Survey - What's keeping you up?
Sleep was also revealed as one of the factors affecting kids' happiness in the BTN Happiness Survey. But as you told us in the data, there are a lot of different factors stopping you from getting enough. We'll take a look at some of them in the second part of our special survey feature.

Teaching resources included:
Learning Areas -

Heath and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Being healthy, safe and active:
Identify and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (Years 3 and 4)

Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (Years 5 and 6)

Heath and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing:
Discuss and interpret health information and messages in the media and internet (Years 3 and 4)

Heath and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Contributing to healthy and active communities:
Investigate the role of preventive health in promoting and maintaining health, safety and wellbeing for individuals and their communities (Years 5 and 6)

Space Conference
Over the holidays, Adelaide hosted the International Astronautical Congress, a meeting of the world's top minds in the field of space. And during the week, some big announcements were made, like the creation of a new Australian space agency and details on how a private space company intends to send people to Mars within the next 7 years. We sent Rookie Reporter Ness along to the conference to give you a taste of the action.

Bush Detectives
Australia has a lot of awesome native wildlife that we want to protect. But to do that effectively, researchers need to keep track of how many there actually are in the wild. Recently, some distance education students tried to hold their own population count. But as they found out, it can be trickier than it looks.


Teaching 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 the 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)

Behind the News: Spain Protests/BTN's Happiness Survey/Space Conference/Bush Detectives

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:28
Spain Protests Recently, big protests and even violence hit the European country of Spain. It's all because one region, Catalonia, is seriously considering breaking away from the rest of the country. Next week we'll find out why some Catalonians want to stay and others want to leave. BTN's Happiness Survey - What makes you happy and sad? Last term, we asked you to tell us when you're at your happiest and when you're not in the 2nd ever BTN Happiness Survey. And we were blown away with how many of you did just that! 46,974 of you responded, easily making it the biggest survey of youth health and wellbeing in Australian history. But what did you tell us? In part one of our two part special feature, we'll take a look at what areas of life that worry you most, along with the parts that put a smile on your dial. BTN's Happiness Survey - What's keeping you up? Sleep was also revealed as one of the factors affecting kids' happiness in the BTN Happiness Survey. But as you told us in the data, there are a lot of different factors stopping you from getting enough. We'll take a look at some of them in the second part of our special survey feature. Teaching resources included: Learning Areas - Heath and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Being healthy, safe and active: Identify and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (Years 3 and 4) Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (Years 5 and 6) Heath and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing: Discuss and interpret health information and messages in the media and internet (Years 3 and 4) Heath and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Contributing to healthy and active communities: Investigate the role of preventive health in promoting and maintaining health, safety and wellbeing for individuals and their communities (Years 5 and 6) Space Conference Over the holidays, Adelaide hosted the International Astronautical Congress, a meeting of the world's top minds in the field of space. And during the week, some big announcements were made, like the creation of a new Australian space agency and details on how a private space company intends to send people to Mars within the next 7 years. We sent Rookie Reporter Ness along to the conference to give you a taste of the action. Bush Detectives Australia has a lot of awesome native wildlife that we want to protect. But to do that effectively, researchers need to keep track of how many there actually are in the wild. Recently, some distance education students tried to hold their own population count. But as they found out, it can be trickier than it looks. Teaching 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 the 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)
Irma recovery
The clean-up has started in parts of Florida and the Caribbean that were devastated by Hurricane Irma. We find out what's being done to help people affected and speak to two sisters from Florida who had to evacuate from their home because of the hurricane.

Uniform Debate
There's been a lot of talk recently about school uniforms, and whether girls and boys should be forced to dress differently. Recently the Western Australian government made it compulsory for schools to give girls a choice of pants or dresses and last week Victoria decided to bring in similar rules. Some reckon forcing girls to wear skirts makes them less likely to get active at school, but others reckon it should be up to schools to decide what their uniforms look like. We take a look at the uniform debate.

Kangaroo Control
Kangaroos might be one of Australia's national emblems, but some reckon these much-loved native critters are becoming a problem for the environment. They say in some areas the kangaroo population is just too big, and they're eating too much. One expert says the solution is to cull kangaroos encourage people to eat more roo meat.

Teaching resources included
Learning Areas -

Science / 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 and 6)

Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations (Year 7)

Science / Science Understanding / Biological Sciences:
Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs 

English / Literacy / Interacting with others:
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 (Year 5)

Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience (Year 6)

Ten Dollar Stars
Next week the Reserve Bank of Australia will release the brand-new ten dollar note! It features a whole bunch of new security features, as well as some familiar faces. We take a look at the new note and learn more about the famous Aussies who feature on it.

Teaching resources included
Learning Areas -

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning:
Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (Years 5 and 6)

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching:
Sequence information about people's lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelines (Years 5 and 6)

HASS / History:
The role that a significant individual or group played in shaping a colony (Year 5)

The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation  (Year 6)

Minecraft Park
Back in 2015 we met some school students who were taking part in a competition run by the South Australian Government asking kids to design a real-life park using Minecraft. Now they've been able to see their design come to life! We catch up with the designers and find out how they feel about the finished product.

Behind the News: Irma recovery/Uniform Debate/Kangaroo Control/Ten Dollar Stars/Minecraft Park

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:29
Irma recovery The clean-up has started in parts of Florida and the Caribbean that were devastated by Hurricane Irma. We find out what's being done to help people affected and speak to two sisters from Florida who had to evacuate from their home because of the hurricane. Uniform Debate There's been a lot of talk recently about school uniforms, and whether girls and boys should be forced to dress differently. Recently the Western Australian government made it compulsory for schools to give girls a choice of pants or dresses and last week Victoria decided to bring in similar rules. Some reckon forcing girls to wear skirts makes them less likely to get active at school, but others reckon it should be up to schools to decide what their uniforms look like. We take a look at the uniform debate. Kangaroo Control Kangaroos might be one of Australia's national emblems, but some reckon these much-loved native critters are becoming a problem for the environment. They say in some areas the kangaroo population is just too big, and they're eating too much. One expert says the solution is to cull kangaroos encourage people to eat more roo meat. Teaching resources included Learning Areas - Science / 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 and 6) Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations (Year 7) Science / Science Understanding / Biological Sciences: Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs English / Literacy / Interacting with others: 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 (Year 5) Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience (Year 6) Ten Dollar Stars Next week the Reserve Bank of Australia will release the brand-new ten dollar note! It features a whole bunch of new security features, as well as some familiar faces. We take a look at the new note and learn more about the famous Aussies who feature on it. Teaching resources included Learning Areas - HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (Years 5 and 6) HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching: Sequence information about people's lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelines (Years 5 and 6) HASS / History: The role that a significant individual or group played in shaping a colony (Year 5) The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation (Year 6) Minecraft Park Back in 2015 we met some school students who were taking part in a competition run by the South Australian Government asking kids to design a real-life park using Minecraft. Now they've been able to see their design come to life! We catch up with the designers and find out how they feel about the finished product.
North Korea Sanctions
After last week's nuclear weapons test by North Korea, you might have heard a lot of leaders and commentators talk about sanctions. But what is a sanction? How do countries use trade and the economy to try to get leaders to do what they want? And would it help to stop North Korea from developing and testing nuclear weapons?

Cassini Spacecraft
On September 15th, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will nose-dive into Saturn and burn up in the planet's atmosphere, ending it's 13-year mission of discovery. Cassini has revolutionised our understanding of Saturn and it's many moons, providing enough information to fill thousands of scientific papers. It's final dance though the planet's rings will give us an unprecedented view of the sixth planet from the sun.  

Syrian Refugee Family
Two years ago the government promised to resettle 12000 Syrian Refugees in Australia. Among those are 4350 children who are now getting used to their new life in Australia. We meet a family and find out more about their experience.

Teaching resources included
Learning Areas -

Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity:
The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens (Year 6)
 
Civics and Citizenship Skills / Analysis, synthesis and interpretation:
Identify over-generalised statements in relation to civics and citizenship topics and issues (Years 5 and 6)

HASS / Inquiry and skills:
Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (Years 5 and 6)

Sleek Geeks 2017
The winner of this year's Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize have been announced. The competition asks primary and high school students to make a short film that communicates a scientific concept. We take a look at this year's winning entries.

BTN Investigates - History of the alphabet.
BTN viewer Lara wants to know the A to Z of the Alphabet! She's asked us why there are 26 letters in it and why it starts with A and ends with Z. Jack's on the case! 

Teaching resources included
Learning Areas -

History / Historical Knowledge and Understanding / The Mediterranean world Egypt:
Roles of key groups in ancient Egyptian society (such as the nobility, bureaucracy, women, slaves), including the influence of law and religion (Year 7)

History / Historical Knowledge and Understanding / Overview of the ancient world:
The evidence for the emergence and establishment of ancient societies (including art, iconography, writing tools and pottery) (Year 7)

History / Historical Skills / Chronology, terms and concepts:
Sequence historical events, developments and periods (Year 7)

Behind the News: North Korea Sanctions/Cassini Spacecraft/Syrian Refugee Family/Sleek Geeks 2017/History of the alphabet

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:29
North Korea Sanctions After last week's nuclear weapons test by North Korea, you might have heard a lot of leaders and commentators talk about sanctions. But what is a sanction? How do countries use trade and the economy to try to get leaders to do what they want? And would it help to stop North Korea from developing and testing nuclear weapons? Cassini Spacecraft On September 15th, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will nose-dive into Saturn and burn up in the planet's atmosphere, ending it's 13-year mission of discovery. Cassini has revolutionised our understanding of Saturn and it's many moons, providing enough information to fill thousands of scientific papers. It's final dance though the planet's rings will give us an unprecedented view of the sixth planet from the sun. Syrian Refugee Family Two years ago the government promised to resettle 12000 Syrian Refugees in Australia. Among those are 4350 children who are now getting used to their new life in Australia. We meet a family and find out more about their experience. Teaching resources included Learning Areas - Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity: The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens (Year 6) Civics and Citizenship Skills / Analysis, synthesis and interpretation: Identify over-generalised statements in relation to civics and citizenship topics and issues (Years 5 and 6) HASS / Inquiry and skills: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (Years 5 and 6) Sleek Geeks 2017 The winner of this year's Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize have been announced. The competition asks primary and high school students to make a short film that communicates a scientific concept. We take a look at this year's winning entries. BTN Investigates - History of the alphabet. BTN viewer Lara wants to know the A to Z of the Alphabet! She's asked us why there are 26 letters in it and why it starts with A and ends with Z. Jack's on the case! Teaching resources included Learning Areas - History / Historical Knowledge and Understanding / The Mediterranean world Egypt: Roles of key groups in ancient Egyptian society (such as the nobility, bureaucracy, women, slaves), including the influence of law and religion (Year 7) History / Historical Knowledge and Understanding / Overview of the ancient world: The evidence for the emergence and establishment of ancient societies (including art, iconography, writing tools and pottery) (Year 7) History / Historical Skills / Chronology, terms and concepts: Sequence historical events, developments and periods (Year 7)
The BTN Kids' Happiness Survey is now open!
As we revealed last week, the BTN Kids' Happiness Survey is now open! So please encourage your class to jump onto our website to have their say. We're working with experts from the University of Melbourne this year. They will help us interpret the results and use them as part their international research into children's lives. It'll only take about 6 minutes to complete and all answers are anonymous. You have until the 22nd of September to have your say!

Australia Day Debate
Over the past few weeks, a couple of local councils have confirmed that they have cancelled their Australia Day celebrations for 2018. ABC radio station Triple J has also recently released a survey asking people what they think of moving the date of their 'Hottest 100' music countdown from the 26th of January. It's all because of the negative feelings Australia's Indigenous people have towards this date. But the Prime Minister says he strongly disagrees with the push to move it. We'll recap both sides of this debate so you can decide where you stand.

Threatened Species Day
Next week is National Threatened Species week. It's the perfect time to learn about the challenges faced by different species around the world. So next week, we're going to meet some of the rangers tasked with protecting animals from poachers in Cambodia. But as we'll learn, it's not just the animals who are in danger there.

Teaching 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 the physical conditions of their environment  Year 6

Spacesuit History
Astronauts could soon get a slick wardrobe update. Space X founder Elon Musk has announced a new design of spacesuit that he says will work better and look better too. So we're going to take a look at the history of spacesuits and find out what they have to do to keep astronauts safe.

Teaching resources included
Learning Areas -

Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space science:
The Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the sun) Year 5

Science / 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 and 6
 
Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science:
Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 7
 
Design and Technologies Processes and Production Skills:
Critique needs or opportunities for designing, and investigate materials, components, tools, equipment and processes to achieve intended designed solutions Year 5 and 6

Zombie Class
What's your favourite subject at school? English? Maths? How about preventing the world from being hit by a catastrophic zombie apocalypse? We joined the students of one Aussie school as they learnt how to save the world from zombies - and found out what other lessons can teach us in the process.

Rock-climbing
Rock climbing is going to feature in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo for the first time.
Fourteen-year old Leah is one of the rock-climbing athletes leading the way for Australia internationally. We asked her to tell us more about this sport - just as she's getting ready to compete for gold at the World Youth Championships.

Behind the News: BTN Kids' Happiness Survey/Australia Day Debate/Threatened Species Day/Spacesuit History/Zombie Class/Rock-climbing

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:36
The BTN Kids' Happiness Survey is now open! As we revealed last week, the BTN Kids' Happiness Survey is now open! So please encourage your class to jump onto our website to have their say. We're working with experts from the University of Melbourne this year. They will help us interpret the results and use them as part their international research into children's lives. It'll only take about 6 minutes to complete and all answers are anonymous. You have until the 22nd of September to have your say! Australia Day Debate Over the past few weeks, a couple of local councils have confirmed that they have cancelled their Australia Day celebrations for 2018. ABC radio station Triple J has also recently released a survey asking people what they think of moving the date of their 'Hottest 100' music countdown from the 26th of January. It's all because of the negative feelings Australia's Indigenous people have towards this date. But the Prime Minister says he strongly disagrees with the push to move it. We'll recap both sides of this debate so you can decide where you stand. Threatened Species Day Next week is National Threatened Species week. It's the perfect time to learn about the challenges faced by different species around the world. So next week, we're going to meet some of the rangers tasked with protecting animals from poachers in Cambodia. But as we'll learn, it's not just the animals who are in danger there. Teaching 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 the physical conditions of their environment Year 6 Spacesuit History Astronauts could soon get a slick wardrobe update. Space X founder Elon Musk has announced a new design of spacesuit that he says will work better and look better too. So we're going to take a look at the history of spacesuits and find out what they have to do to keep astronauts safe. Teaching resources included Learning Areas - Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space science: The Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the sun) Year 5 Science / 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 and 6 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science: Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 7 Design and Technologies Processes and Production Skills: Critique needs or opportunities for designing, and investigate materials, components, tools, equipment and processes to achieve intended designed solutions Year 5 and 6 Zombie Class What's your favourite subject at school? English? Maths? How about preventing the world from being hit by a catastrophic zombie apocalypse? We joined the students of one Aussie school as they learnt how to save the world from zombies - and found out what other lessons can teach us in the process. Rock-climbing Rock climbing is going to feature in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo for the first time. Fourteen-year old Leah is one of the rock-climbing athletes leading the way for Australia internationally. We asked her to tell us more about this sport - just as she's getting ready to compete for gold at the World Youth Championships.
The Happiness Survey Returns
Back in 2015, BTN conducted the biggest survey of kids' mental health in Australian history.  It was called the BtN Kids' Happiness Survey and more than 20,000 kids responded to it. Now, we're holding it again to see how things have changed in 2017. And this time, experts from the University of Melbourne's Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program have come on board to cranch the numbers and include your voices in their research. So please consider including the BTN Kids' Happiness Survey in you class schedule over the coming weeks. It'll be five minutes incredibly well spent!

High Court
Over the coming weeks, the High Court of Australia is scheduled to hear some incredibly important matters. Among them is the challenge to the same-sex postal survey and the multiple cases of the federal politicians who've found out that they're dual citizens. So we thought it would be a great time to tell you more about the High Court and how it decides some for the nation's most contentious cases.

Kids Finance
Recently a survey found that many Australian kids are confused about how credit cards and loans actually work. It's got a lot of experts worried that this could lead to an increase in financial problems later in life. So we'll take a look at the issue and find out how some schools are trying to turn it around.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED

Learning Areas:
Mathematics/Number and algebra/Money and financial matters:
Solve problems involving purchases and the calculation of change to the nearest five cents with and without digital technologies (year 4)

Create simple financial plans (year 5)
Investigate and calculate percentage discounts of 10 percent, 25 percent and 50 percent on sale items, with and without digital technologies (year 6)

Investigate and calculate 'best buys', with and without digital technologies (year 7)

Spinal Cord Week
Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week is coming up soon. It's all about raising awareness and promoting inclusion for those with a spinal injury. But not all of those people have been in accidents. We asked Rookie Reporter Tess to tell us more.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED

Learning Areas:
Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing:
Investigate how emotional responses vary in depth and strength (years 3 and 4)
 
Examine the influence of emotional responses on behaviour and relationships (years 5 and 6)

Analyse factors that influence emotions, and develop strategies to demonstrate empathy and sensitivity (years 7 and 8)

Health and Physical Education/Personal, Social and Community Health/Contributing to healthy and active communities:

Investigate the role of preventive health in promoting and maintaining health, safety and wellbeing for individuals and their communities (years 5 and 6)

Health and Physical Education / Movement and Physical Activity / Understanding movement:
Participate in physical activities designed to enhance fitness, and discuss the impact regular participation can have on health and wellbeing (years 5 and 6)

Happiness Survey Launch
In this week's show, we'll launch our second ever BTN Kids' Happiness Survey with a story explaining what we learnt about you in 2015, why we're doing it again and how you can get involved.

BTN Investigates - What are dreams?
BTN viewer Duhaa has asked us why we dream. Well Duhaa, we're dreaming up a fun answer to your question right now. Tune in next week for all the details.

Behind the News: The Happiness Survey/High Court/Kids Finance/Spinal Cord Week/What Are Dreams?

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:29
The Happiness Survey Returns Back in 2015, BTN conducted the biggest survey of kids' mental health in Australian history. It was called the BtN Kids' Happiness Survey and more than 20,000 kids responded to it. Now, we're holding it again to see how things have changed in 2017. And this time, experts from the University of Melbourne's Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program have come on board to cranch the numbers and include your voices in their research. So please consider including the BTN Kids' Happiness Survey in you class schedule over the coming weeks. It'll be five minutes incredibly well spent! High Court Over the coming weeks, the High Court of Australia is scheduled to hear some incredibly important matters. Among them is the challenge to the same-sex postal survey and the multiple cases of the federal politicians who've found out that they're dual citizens. So we thought it would be a great time to tell you more about the High Court and how it decides some for the nation's most contentious cases. Kids Finance Recently a survey found that many Australian kids are confused about how credit cards and loans actually work. It's got a lot of experts worried that this could lead to an increase in financial problems later in life. So we'll take a look at the issue and find out how some schools are trying to turn it around. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Mathematics/Number and algebra/Money and financial matters: Solve problems involving purchases and the calculation of change to the nearest five cents with and without digital technologies (year 4) Create simple financial plans (year 5) Investigate and calculate percentage discounts of 10 percent, 25 percent and 50 percent on sale items, with and without digital technologies (year 6) Investigate and calculate 'best buys', with and without digital technologies (year 7) Spinal Cord Week Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week is coming up soon. It's all about raising awareness and promoting inclusion for those with a spinal injury. But not all of those people have been in accidents. We asked Rookie Reporter Tess to tell us more. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing: Investigate how emotional responses vary in depth and strength (years 3 and 4) Examine the influence of emotional responses on behaviour and relationships (years 5 and 6) Analyse factors that influence emotions, and develop strategies to demonstrate empathy and sensitivity (years 7 and 8) Health and Physical Education/Personal, Social and Community Health/Contributing to healthy and active communities: Investigate the role of preventive health in promoting and maintaining health, safety and wellbeing for individuals and their communities (years 5 and 6) Health and Physical Education / Movement and Physical Activity / Understanding movement: Participate in physical activities designed to enhance fitness, and discuss the impact regular participation can have on health and wellbeing (years 5 and 6) Happiness Survey Launch In this week's show, we'll launch our second ever BTN Kids' Happiness Survey with a story explaining what we learnt about you in 2015, why we're doing it again and how you can get involved. BTN Investigates - What are dreams? BTN viewer Duhaa has asked us why we dream. Well Duhaa, we're dreaming up a fun answer to your question right now. Tune in next week for all the details.
Dual Citizenship
A little-known constitutional requirement is causing big problems in Australia's federal parliament. Federal parliamentarians cannot be dual citizens, yet quite a few have now turned out to be just that. And the latest victim is one of the biggest names in the House of Representatives - Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. We'll take a look at the issue and find out why the constitution would have included that rule in the first place.

Guam
This week, North Korea threatened to hit the island of Guam with a nuclear weapon. But why this tiny nation, out of all others on earth? We'll find out, and in the process, meet some of the kids that call Guam home.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -

HASS / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography:
The geographical diversity of the Asia region and the location of its major countries in relation to Australia Year 6
 
Differences in the economic, demographic and social characteristics of countries across the world Year 6
 
Australia's connections with other countries and how these change people and places Year 6
 
The world's cultural diversity, including that of its indigenous peoples Year 6
 
HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning:
Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 and 6
 
HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning:
Sequence information about people's lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelines
 
HASS / Knowledge and Understanding /  Civics and Citizenship:
The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens Year 6

Backburning
NSW's Rural Fire Service has started preparing for bush fire season with a series of burn-off's in the southern Highlands. Burn-off's are designed to help prevent serious fires during summer. And it's something that Australia's Indigenous people have been doing for thousands of years. We'll take a look at how they were done then, and find out if the process has changed much today.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -

HASS / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography:
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

The impact of bushfires or floods on environments and communities, and how people can respond Year 5

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning:
Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Year 6
 
HASS / Inquiry and skills / Analysing:
Interpret data and information displayed in a range of formats to identify, describe and compare distributions, patterns and trends, and to infer relationships Year 6

Moonhack Record
Science Week was held in Australia this week, and a big part of the festivities was Moonhack, a world record coding attempt for kids. We'll check in with one of the schools that took part to find out what's involved and whether a record was set.

Guide Dog Training
Some students in New South Wales are taking part in what could be one of the best school activities ever held. Their job is to teach a bunch of puppies some important skills before they go off for Guide Dog training. We'll tag along during one of their 'lessons' next week.

Behind the News: Dual Citizenship/Guam/Backburning/Moonhack Record/Guide Dog Training

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:29
Dual Citizenship A little-known constitutional requirement is causing big problems in Australia's federal parliament. Federal parliamentarians cannot be dual citizens, yet quite a few have now turned out to be just that. And the latest victim is one of the biggest names in the House of Representatives - Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. We'll take a look at the issue and find out why the constitution would have included that rule in the first place. Guam This week, North Korea threatened to hit the island of Guam with a nuclear weapon. But why this tiny nation, out of all others on earth? We'll find out, and in the process, meet some of the kids that call Guam home. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - HASS / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography: The geographical diversity of the Asia region and the location of its major countries in relation to Australia Year 6 Differences in the economic, demographic and social characteristics of countries across the world Year 6 Australia's connections with other countries and how these change people and places Year 6 The world's cultural diversity, including that of its indigenous peoples Year 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 and 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Sequence information about people's lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelines HASS / Knowledge and Understanding / Civics and Citizenship: The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens Year 6 Backburning NSW's Rural Fire Service has started preparing for bush fire season with a series of burn-off's in the southern Highlands. Burn-off's are designed to help prevent serious fires during summer. And it's something that Australia's Indigenous people have been doing for thousands of years. We'll take a look at how they were done then, and find out if the process has changed much today. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - HASS / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography: 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 The impact of bushfires or floods on environments and communities, and how people can respond Year 5 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Year 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Analysing: Interpret data and information displayed in a range of formats to identify, describe and compare distributions, patterns and trends, and to infer relationships Year 6 Moonhack Record Science Week was held in Australia this week, and a big part of the festivities was Moonhack, a world record coding attempt for kids. We'll check in with one of the schools that took part to find out what's involved and whether a record was set. Guide Dog Training Some students in New South Wales are taking part in what could be one of the best school activities ever held. Their job is to teach a bunch of puppies some important skills before they go off for Guide Dog training. We'll tag along during one of their 'lessons' next week.
Postal Plebiscite
After a tense meeting and a second failed senate vote, the decision on whether same sex marriage is legalised will now be guided by the Australian people through a postal plebiscite. Last year we told you that a traditional plebiscite was the Government's plan. So what is the difference between that and this new postal version? And why are some people saying it won't actually happen, while others say it shouldn't be allowed to happen? 

Kids Concussion
A new study has found that concussion is more common in kids than you might think. Research out of the US has revealed kids aged between 8 to 13 have the highest rate of sports-related concussion. It has a lot of people worried, but what can be done about it?

Artificial Intelligence
Every kids dreams of the career they'll adopt when they grow up. But a new revolution in computing could take away those dreams for some. Artificial intelligence will change the way we interact with technology and the things it can do for us. But what areas will it affect most? And how can a machine actually learn anyway?

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -

Design and Technologies / Processes and Production Skills:
Select appropriate materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques and apply safe procedures to make designed solutions Years 5 and 6

Select and justify choices of materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to effectively and safely make designed solutions Years 7 and 8

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 solve problems and inform personal and community decisions  Years 5 and 6

Book Week Preview - Teen Novelist
A lot of kids have tried their hand at writing a short story or a picture book - but what about a novel? To get you excited for Book Week, we're going to introduce you to a young teen who has published a book over 32,000 words long - and she already can't wait to write a follow-up.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -

English / Literature / Examining literature:
Discuss how authors and illustrators make stories exciting, moving and absorbing and hold readers' interest by using various techniques, for example character development and plot tension Year 4
 
English / Literature  Creating literature:
Create literary texts by developing storylines, characters and settings Year 4
 
Create literary texts using realistic and fantasy settings and characters that draw on the worlds represented in texts students have experienced Year 5
 
Create literary texts that experiment with structures, ideas and stylistic features of selected authors Year 5

Create literary texts that adapt or combine aspects of texts students have experienced in innovative ways Year 6

Internet Issues
The internet is the main form of communication for most young people. But for kids living in regional areas, access can be a huge issue. Internet connections can be slow, patchy, or sometimes, non-existent. We'll hear from some kids living on a remote outback station to find out what affect these internet issues have on their lives.

Behind the News: Postal Plebiscite/Kids Concussion/Artificial Intelligence/Book Week Preview/Internet Issues

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:29
Postal Plebiscite After a tense meeting and a second failed senate vote, the decision on whether same sex marriage is legalised will now be guided by the Australian people through a postal plebiscite. Last year we told you that a traditional plebiscite was the Government's plan. So what is the difference between that and this new postal version? And why are some people saying it won't actually happen, while others say it shouldn't be allowed to happen? Kids Concussion A new study has found that concussion is more common in kids than you might think. Research out of the US has revealed kids aged between 8 to 13 have the highest rate of sports-related concussion. It has a lot of people worried, but what can be done about it? Artificial Intelligence Every kids dreams of the career they'll adopt when they grow up. But a new revolution in computing could take away those dreams for some. Artificial intelligence will change the way we interact with technology and the things it can do for us. But what areas will it affect most? And how can a machine actually learn anyway? TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Design and Technologies / Processes and Production Skills: Select appropriate materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques and apply safe procedures to make designed solutions Years 5 and 6 Select and justify choices of materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to effectively and safely make designed solutions Years 7 and 8 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 solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 and 6 Book Week Preview - Teen Novelist A lot of kids have tried their hand at writing a short story or a picture book - but what about a novel? To get you excited for Book Week, we're going to introduce you to a young teen who has published a book over 32,000 words long - and she already can't wait to write a follow-up. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - English / Literature / Examining literature: Discuss how authors and illustrators make stories exciting, moving and absorbing and hold readers' interest by using various techniques, for example character development and plot tension Year 4 English / Literature Creating literature: Create literary texts by developing storylines, characters and settings Year 4 Create literary texts using realistic and fantasy settings and characters that draw on the worlds represented in texts students have experienced Year 5 Create literary texts that experiment with structures, ideas and stylistic features of selected authors Year 5 Create literary texts that adapt or combine aspects of texts students have experienced in innovative ways Year 6 Internet Issues The internet is the main form of communication for most young people. But for kids living in regional areas, access can be a huge issue. Internet connections can be slow, patchy, or sometimes, non-existent. We'll hear from some kids living on a remote outback station to find out what affect these internet issues have on their lives.
BTN's Science Week preview special
This week, we're focusing on the science behind the news. Each of our stories in this episode will explain the scientific concepts behind the headlines, from the ocean floor to rainbows and everything in between.

Rubbish Report
Next week, 4 Corners is investigating what happens to your garbage and recycling after it leaves your house. We will tell kids why this big report for adults is relevant to kids too. We'll also explain how materials can be recycled, ready to be used again. 

Airport Security
Last week, airport security was tightened after police stopped a planned plane attack. Authorities say the new measures mean we are all safe to fly. We'll take a look at some of the processes you and your baggage go through before a trip to make sure on one is in danger in the skies.

Fuel Finished
The UK government has announced that by 2040, new petrol or diesel powered cars will be banned from sale. It follows France's earlier decision to do the same. So we're going to take a look at all of the other options available to get us from A to B.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -

Science / 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 and 6
 
Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations Year 7
 
Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Communicating:
Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts Years 5 and 6

Science / Science Understanding / Physical sciences:
Electrical energy can be transferred and transformed in electrical circuits and can be generated from a range of sources Year 6
 
Design and Technologies / Knowledge and understanding:
Recognise the role of people in design and technologies occupations and explore factors, including sustainability that impact on the design of products, services and environments to meet community needs Years 3 and 4
 
Examine how people in design and technologies occupations address competing considerations, including sustainability in the design of products, services, and environments for current and future use Years 5 and 6

Ocean Mapping
Something positive might come out of the long and tragic search for missing flight MH370. Those searching for the downed plane have released all of the scans they made of the ocean floor. And while they haven't revealed the resting place of MH370, they have led researchers to a treasure trove of other discoveries.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -

Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences:
Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive Year 4

Living things have life cycles 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

Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Communicating:
Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts Year 6

BTN Investigates - How is a rainbow made?
This week Kayla has asked us to find out why rainbows always have the colours in the same order. In her words: "I know it's nature, but wow!" Well we agree Kayla, so why not find out more about these colourful apparitions.

Behind the News: Science Week preview/Rubbish Report/Airport Security/Fuel Finished/Ocean Mapping/How is a rainbow made?

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:27
BTN's Science Week preview special This week, we're focusing on the science behind the news. Each of our stories in this episode will explain the scientific concepts behind the headlines, from the ocean floor to rainbows and everything in between. Rubbish Report Next week, 4 Corners is investigating what happens to your garbage and recycling after it leaves your house. We will tell kids why this big report for adults is relevant to kids too. We'll also explain how materials can be recycled, ready to be used again. Airport Security Last week, airport security was tightened after police stopped a planned plane attack. Authorities say the new measures mean we are all safe to fly. We'll take a look at some of the processes you and your baggage go through before a trip to make sure on one is in danger in the skies. Fuel Finished The UK government has announced that by 2040, new petrol or diesel powered cars will be banned from sale. It follows France's earlier decision to do the same. So we're going to take a look at all of the other options available to get us from A to B. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / 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 and 6 Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations Year 7 Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Communicating: Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts Years 5 and 6 Science / Science Understanding / Physical sciences: Electrical energy can be transferred and transformed in electrical circuits and can be generated from a range of sources Year 6 Design and Technologies / Knowledge and understanding: Recognise the role of people in design and technologies occupations and explore factors, including sustainability that impact on the design of products, services and environments to meet community needs Years 3 and 4 Examine how people in design and technologies occupations address competing considerations, including sustainability in the design of products, services, and environments for current and future use Years 5 and 6 Ocean Mapping Something positive might come out of the long and tragic search for missing flight MH370. Those searching for the downed plane have released all of the scans they made of the ocean floor. And while they haven't revealed the resting place of MH370, they have led researchers to a treasure trove of other discoveries. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive Year 4 Living things have life cycles 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 Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Communicating: Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts Year 6 BTN Investigates - How is a rainbow made? This week Kayla has asked us to find out why rainbows always have the colours in the same order. In her words: "I know it's nature, but wow!" Well we agree Kayla, so why not find out more about these colourful apparitions.
Murray Basin Controversy
A lot of people have been talking about the Murray Darling Basin Plan. It's a massive, multibillion dollar agreement designed to help save Australia's most important rivers. But a recent report says some people might be doing the wrong thing.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -

Science  / 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 / Science Understanding / Biological sciences:
The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment Year 6
 
HASS / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography:
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

Geography / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Water in the world:
The way that flows of water connects places as it moves through the environment and the way this affects places Year 7

The quantity and variability of Australia's water resources compared with other continents Year 7

Economic, cultural, spiritual and aesthetic value of water for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and peoples of the Asia region Year 7

Four Year Terms
Recently, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced that he was throwing his weight behind changing the length of time between federal elections. Currently it's three years; he says it should be extended to four. But why? We'll take a look at the arguments for and against next week.

Dr Yunupingu
Australia's most prominent Indigenous musician, Dr G Yunupingu, has died. We'll look back at his life and music, plus we'll learn more about the impact he had on Australia.

Cultural Differences
In all of the reports about Dr Yunupingu's life, you won't see a picture of his face. You also won't see his full name written. But why? Well it's all to do with the cultural beliefs held by some Indigenous people. We'll find out more  about them next week.

Aussie Fossil Find
Scientists searching the entire south coast of Australia have found hundreds of fossilised footprints on a beach on Kangaroo Island. Some of them belong to ancient megafauna, others, to extinct animals like the Tasmanian Tiger. We visited one of the palaeontologists that made this discovery to find out what these footprints can teach us about the past.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -

Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences:
The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of  their environment Year 6

Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science:
Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available  Year 7
 
Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences:
Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs Year 7

Behind the News: Murray Basin Controversy/Four Year Terms/Dr Yunupingu/Cultural Differences/Aussie Fossil Find

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:28
Murray Basin Controversy A lot of people have been talking about the Murray Darling Basin Plan. It's a massive, multibillion dollar agreement designed to help save Australia's most important rivers. But a recent report says some people might be doing the wrong thing. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / 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 / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment Year 6 HASS / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography: 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 Geography / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Water in the world: The way that flows of water connects places as it moves through the environment and the way this affects places Year 7 The quantity and variability of Australia's water resources compared with other continents Year 7 Economic, cultural, spiritual and aesthetic value of water for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and peoples of the Asia region Year 7 Four Year Terms Recently, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced that he was throwing his weight behind changing the length of time between federal elections. Currently it's three years; he says it should be extended to four. But why? We'll take a look at the arguments for and against next week. Dr Yunupingu Australia's most prominent Indigenous musician, Dr G Yunupingu, has died. We'll look back at his life and music, plus we'll learn more about the impact he had on Australia. Cultural Differences In all of the reports about Dr Yunupingu's life, you won't see a picture of his face. You also won't see his full name written. But why? Well it's all to do with the cultural beliefs held by some Indigenous people. We'll find out more about them next week. Aussie Fossil Find Scientists searching the entire south coast of Australia have found hundreds of fossilised footprints on a beach on Kangaroo Island. Some of them belong to ancient megafauna, others, to extinct animals like the Tasmanian Tiger. We visited one of the palaeontologists that made this discovery to find out what these footprints can teach us about the past. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment Year 6 Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science: Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 7 Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs Year 7
Ministry Changes
Recently the Prime Minister announced a big change to how Australia's national security agencies will be run. He’s decided to create a new super-ministry, which will bring together all of the federal organisations in charge of protecting our country. But what is a ministry and how are they used within our political system? We’ll investigate the issue next week.

Plastic Bag Ban
Australia's two biggest supermarket chains have announced that they're both phasing out single-use plastic bags nationwide. The move is a big win for those campaigning for a ban on these bags, like 12 year old Meg. We spoke to her to find out how she felt after the phase out was announced - and what her ‘ban the bag’ campaign is going to aim for next.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas –

HASS / Geography:
The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably Year 4

HASS / 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

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 solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 and 6

Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations Year 7
 
Classification Review
Classifications are how kids (and their parents) work out which movies and TV shows are appropriate to watch. Most movies and TV shows are classified by independent Australian boards, but currently, online streaming sites like Netflix aren’t included, so they self-classify. The Federal Government recently announced a review of their classifications to find out if this system is working. But some experts reckon it's time the whole system got a shakeup.

Mushroom Hunt
Mushrooms are not the most exciting living things, but according to the experts in this story, they are actually the unsung heroes of nature. That’s why one fungi expert visited a school recently, to teach kids all about these organisms and to help them track down some local specimens. BTN went along to find out why fungi are more important than you’d think.

TEACHING 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

Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Planning and conducting:
Identify, plan and apply the elements of scientific investigations to answer questions and solve problems using equipment and materials safely and identifying potential risks Year 5

BTN Investigates: How do fireworks work?
No big public celebration is complete without a fireworks display. But how are fireworks created and set off to create such an amazing spectacle? To find out, we’ll meet the mind behind the mammoth Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks – plus we’ll tell you how you can help design one of the fireworks featured this year’s event!

Behind the News: Ministry Changes/Plastic Bag Ban/Classification Review/Mushroom Hunt/BTN Investigates: How do fireworks work?

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:29
Ministry Changes Recently the Prime Minister announced a big change to how Australia's national security agencies will be run. He’s decided to create a new super-ministry, which will bring together all of the federal organisations in charge of protecting our country. But what is a ministry and how are they used within our political system? We’ll investigate the issue next week. Plastic Bag Ban Australia's two biggest supermarket chains have announced that they're both phasing out single-use plastic bags nationwide. The move is a big win for those campaigning for a ban on these bags, like 12 year old Meg. We spoke to her to find out how she felt after the phase out was announced - and what her ‘ban the bag’ campaign is going to aim for next. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas – HASS / Geography: The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably Year 4 HASS / 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 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 solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 and 6 Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations Year 7 Classification Review Classifications are how kids (and their parents) work out which movies and TV shows are appropriate to watch. Most movies and TV shows are classified by independent Australian boards, but currently, online streaming sites like Netflix aren’t included, so they self-classify. The Federal Government recently announced a review of their classifications to find out if this system is working. But some experts reckon it's time the whole system got a shakeup. Mushroom Hunt Mushrooms are not the most exciting living things, but according to the experts in this story, they are actually the unsung heroes of nature. That’s why one fungi expert visited a school recently, to teach kids all about these organisms and to help them track down some local specimens. BTN went along to find out why fungi are more important than you’d think. TEACHING 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 Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Planning and conducting: Identify, plan and apply the elements of scientific investigations to answer questions and solve problems using equipment and materials safely and identifying potential risks Year 5 BTN Investigates: How do fireworks work? No big public celebration is complete without a fireworks display. But how are fireworks created and set off to create such an amazing spectacle? To find out, we’ll meet the mind behind the mammoth Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks – plus we’ll tell you how you can help design one of the fireworks featured this year’s event!
Paris Climate Withdrawal
Last week, the United States announced that it's pulling out of the Paris Agreement, a big plan designed to fight climate change. The news caused a massive reaction around the world. But what actually is the Paris Agreement and what might happen once the United States withdraws?

Koala Concerns
Scientists in New South Wales are worried about the effect rising sea levels and deforestation are having on Australia's koala population. We'll take a look at the latest research and find out what can be done to help this iconic Australian species. 

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -

Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences:
Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive Year 4  
Living things have life cycles 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 the 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
Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 7

Uluru Street View
For the first time, students will be able to virtually walk around Uluru, after Google's Street View site recently captured the massive rock in the heart of the Australia. The filming was done with permission and advice from local aboriginal elders and some sections of the rock weren't captured due to their cultural beliefs. Next week, we'll find out more about those beliefs and find out why this landmark holds such significance in this country.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -

Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space science:
Earth's surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity 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

HASS / Historical Knowledge and Understanding / First contacts:
The diversity of Australia's first peoples and the long and continuous connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to Country/ Place (land, sea, waterways and skies) and the implications for their daily lives. Year 4

HASS / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Unit 1: Landforms and landscapes:
The aesthetic, cultural and spiritual value of landscapes and landforms for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Year 8
The different types of landscapes and their distinctive landform features Year 8
The ways of protecting significant landscapes Year 8

Albinism
Next Tuesday is International Albinism Day. Albinism is a rare condition that only affects around 1000 Australians. One of them is 13 year old Xander. So we asked him to tell us all about it.

The BTN Welcome Book - Cover Artist announced
Last year, Behind the News asked all Australian kids to draw pictures of welcome for all of the young refugees and migrants that arrive here to start a new life. Incredibly, more than 12,000 of you took part. We then selected about 100 of those beautiful pictures to be printed into a special book. On the 20th of June, we will officially unveil the book that all of you helped create. And as thanks, we'll also post a free eBook version on our website for you to download and enjoy. But first, in next week's show, we will reveal the BTN Welcome Book's front cover design and introduce you to the talented young artist who drew it.

Behind the News: Paris Climate Withdrawal/Koala Concerns//Uluru Street View/Albinism/The BTN Welcome Book

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:29
Paris Climate Withdrawal Last week, the United States announced that it's pulling out of the Paris Agreement, a big plan designed to fight climate change. The news caused a massive reaction around the world. But what actually is the Paris Agreement and what might happen once the United States withdraws? Koala Concerns Scientists in New South Wales are worried about the effect rising sea levels and deforestation are having on Australia's koala population. We'll take a look at the latest research and find out what can be done to help this iconic Australian species. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive Year 4 Living things have life cycles 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 the 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 Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 7 Uluru Street View For the first time, students will be able to virtually walk around Uluru, after Google's Street View site recently captured the massive rock in the heart of the Australia. The filming was done with permission and advice from local aboriginal elders and some sections of the rock weren't captured due to their cultural beliefs. Next week, we'll find out more about those beliefs and find out why this landmark holds such significance in this country. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space science: Earth's surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity 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 HASS / Historical Knowledge and Understanding / First contacts: The diversity of Australia's first peoples and the long and continuous connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to Country/ Place (land, sea, waterways and skies) and the implications for their daily lives. Year 4 HASS / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Unit 1: Landforms and landscapes: The aesthetic, cultural and spiritual value of landscapes and landforms for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Year 8 The different types of landscapes and their distinctive landform features Year 8 The ways of protecting significant landscapes Year 8 Albinism Next Tuesday is International Albinism Day. Albinism is a rare condition that only affects around 1000 Australians. One of them is 13 year old Xander. So we asked him to tell us all about it. The BTN Welcome Book - Cover Artist announced Last year, Behind the News asked all Australian kids to draw pictures of welcome for all of the young refugees and migrants that arrive here to start a new life. Incredibly, more than 12,000 of you took part. We then selected about 100 of those beautiful pictures to be printed into a special book. On the 20th of June, we will officially unveil the book that all of you helped create. And as thanks, we'll also post a free eBook version on our website for you to download and enjoy. But first, in next week's show, we will reveal the BTN Welcome Book's front cover design and introduce you to the talented young artist who drew it.
School Funding
Since being announced in the lead up to the budget, the federal Government's new model for funding public and private schools has been a hot topic of conversation. This week, those changes will be debated in the senate. So to put those talks in context, we're going to explain how our country currently pays to educate millions of kids each year and why some think that should change.

Social Negativity
Recently a study in the UK asked more than a thousand young people about their social media activity. It found four of the five most popular social media sites were actually having a negative overall effect on kid's wellbeing. We reveal which social media sites had the biggest impact and ask kids why they think that might be the case.

Kid Scientists
Citizen science is what it's called when ordinary people help scientists to make amazing breakthroughs in research. But did you know some of Australia's top citizen scientists are actually kids? Next week, we'll meet Griffin and Austin to find out what it takes to be a leading citizen scientist and why they enjoy getting involved.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -

Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences:
Living things, including plants and animals, 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 the 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 Inquiry Skills / Processing and analysing data and information:
Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations Year 5

Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Planning and conducting:
Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed Year 7

Icebreaker Comp
Twelve children will soon get the chance to visit Antarctica for free. But there's a catch. To win this competition, you have to come up with a unique name for Australia's new icebreaker ship. Next week, we'll find out more about this comp and find out why Australia needs a new ship to reach Antarctica.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas - 

Science / 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 and 6

Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science:
Science knowledge can develop through collaboration across the disciplines of science and the contributions of people from a range of cultures Year 7

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

Young Solo Pilot
A teenager from Hobart is aiming to become the youngest person to fly solo around Australia. We caught up with him on one of his stops to find out more about his record-breaking trip and why he decided to do it.

Aussie Classroom Connection - Bringing city and country classrooms together
Registrations are now open for BTN's Aussie Classroom Connection! Head to our website to find out how you can get involved.

Behind the News: School Funding/Social Negativity/Kid Scientists/Icebreaker Comp/Young Solo Pilot/Aussie Classroom Connection

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:28
School Funding Since being announced in the lead up to the budget, the federal Government's new model for funding public and private schools has been a hot topic of conversation. This week, those changes will be debated in the senate. So to put those talks in context, we're going to explain how our country currently pays to educate millions of kids each year and why some think that should change. Social Negativity Recently a study in the UK asked more than a thousand young people about their social media activity. It found four of the five most popular social media sites were actually having a negative overall effect on kid's wellbeing. We reveal which social media sites had the biggest impact and ask kids why they think that might be the case. Kid Scientists Citizen science is what it's called when ordinary people help scientists to make amazing breakthroughs in research. But did you know some of Australia's top citizen scientists are actually kids? Next week, we'll meet Griffin and Austin to find out what it takes to be a leading citizen scientist and why they enjoy getting involved. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Living things, including plants and animals, 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 the 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 Inquiry Skills / Processing and analysing data and information: Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations Year 5 Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Planning and conducting: Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed Year 7 Icebreaker Comp Twelve children will soon get the chance to visit Antarctica for free. But there's a catch. To win this competition, you have to come up with a unique name for Australia's new icebreaker ship. Next week, we'll find out more about this comp and find out why Australia needs a new ship to reach Antarctica. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / 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 and 6 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science: Science knowledge can develop through collaboration across the disciplines of science and the contributions of people from a range of cultures Year 7 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 Young Solo Pilot A teenager from Hobart is aiming to become the youngest person to fly solo around Australia. We caught up with him on one of his stops to find out more about his record-breaking trip and why he decided to do it. Aussie Classroom Connection - Bringing city and country classrooms together Registrations are now open for BTN's Aussie Classroom Connection! Head to our website to find out how you can get involved.
Manchester Attack
Next week on BTN, we'll give kids a safe overview of what happened in Manchester and what's now being done to try to stop it happening again. We'll also take a close look at all of the good things people did to help in the hours and days after such a horrible event.

Recognition Convention
More than 200 Indigenous delegates from around the country are gathering in Uluru this week to discuss Recognition. That's the name given to the push to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian constitution. But what will that change actually mean? We'll bring you all of the info from this important event in central Australia.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas

Digital Technologies / Knowledge and Understanding:
Examine how whole numbers are used to represent all data in digital systems Years 5 and 6

Digital Technologies / Processes and Production Skills:
Implement digital solutions as simple visual programs involving branching, iteration (repetition), and user input Years 5 and 6

Implement and modify programs with user interfaces involving branching, iteration and functions in a general-purpose programming language Years 7 and 8

Design and Technologies / Processes and Production Skills:
Generate, develop and communicate design ideas and processes for audiences using appropriate technical terms and graphical representation techniques Years 5 and 6

Special Launch
Aussie Classroom Connection - Bringing city and country classrooms together
It's often thought that the lives of city and country kids are worlds apartAnd while there are many obvious differences, there are also some similarities too. It's these differences and similarities that Behind the News would like to encourage kids to learn more about. So next week we will launch the 'BTN Aussie Classroom Connection.' It will ask teachers from all around Australia to register their class to be matched up with another class from a different geographical area. We will then encourage those matched classes to build a relationship and in the process, learn more about what it's like to live somewhere else.

For all the details on how you can register your class, please visit our website right after next week's show.

Coding School
An Aussie school is making a name for itself in the app world. Students from Aberfoyle Park High School have been designing and developing their own apps. Their school's even become the first in the country to be registered as a developer under its own name. We find out what's involved and how you can start coding too.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas

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 5

Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Government and democracy:
The process for constitutional change through a referendum Year 7

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

Key figures, events and ideas that led to Australia's Federation and Constitution Year 6

BTN Investigates: Fidget Spinners
This week on BTN Investigates, Finella wants to know "what are fidget spinners? Are they dangerous? Are they bad? Are they actually good? What's the deal with this new fad?" We sent Jack undercover into the playground to find out.

Behind the News: Manchester Attack/Recognition Convention//Special LaunchCoding School/Fidget Spinners

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:29
Manchester Attack Next week on BTN, we'll give kids a safe overview of what happened in Manchester and what's now being done to try to stop it happening again. We'll also take a close look at all of the good things people did to help in the hours and days after such a horrible event. Recognition Convention More than 200 Indigenous delegates from around the country are gathering in Uluru this week to discuss Recognition. That's the name given to the push to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian constitution. But what will that change actually mean? We'll bring you all of the info from this important event in central Australia. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas Digital Technologies / Knowledge and Understanding: Examine how whole numbers are used to represent all data in digital systems Years 5 and 6 Digital Technologies / Processes and Production Skills: Implement digital solutions as simple visual programs involving branching, iteration (repetition), and user input Years 5 and 6 Implement and modify programs with user interfaces involving branching, iteration and functions in a general-purpose programming language Years 7 and 8 Design and Technologies / Processes and Production Skills: Generate, develop and communicate design ideas and processes for audiences using appropriate technical terms and graphical representation techniques Years 5 and 6 Special Launch Aussie Classroom Connection - Bringing city and country classrooms together It's often thought that the lives of city and country kids are worlds apartAnd while there are many obvious differences, there are also some similarities too. It's these differences and similarities that Behind the News would like to encourage kids to learn more about. So next week we will launch the 'BTN Aussie Classroom Connection.' It will ask teachers from all around Australia to register their class to be matched up with another class from a different geographical area. We will then encourage those matched classes to build a relationship and in the process, learn more about what it's like to live somewhere else. For all the details on how you can register your class, please visit our website right after next week's show. Coding School An Aussie school is making a name for itself in the app world. Students from Aberfoyle Park High School have been designing and developing their own apps. Their school's even become the first in the country to be registered as a developer under its own name. We find out what's involved and how you can start coding too. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas 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 5 Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Government and democracy: The process for constitutional change through a referendum Year 7 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 Key figures, events and ideas that led to Australia's Federation and Constitution Year 6 BTN Investigates: Fidget Spinners This week on BTN Investigates, Finella wants to know "what are fidget spinners? Are they dangerous? Are they bad? Are they actually good? What's the deal with this new fad?" We sent Jack undercover into the playground to find out.
Cyberattack
Last week, a massive cyberattack hit computers right around the world. It caused some big problems, but how did it all happen? In our lead story next week, we explain how a computer can be hacked and why some people might want to.

50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum
Next Saturday is the 50th anniversary of a really important moment in Australia's history; the 1967 referendum. It saw the majority of Australians vote to change our country's laws to count Indigenous Australians as full citizens. We take a special look at the events that led up to this momentous vote and how things have changed since.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -

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 5 

Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Government and democracy:
The process for constitutional change through a referendum Year 7  

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

Kids TV
Recently the government announced a review into how much children's TV should be shown on commercial networks. Currently there are rules about how many hours are broadcast and how much of it must be made in Australia. But some people are worried that if those rules disappear in the future, so will many great kids programs.

Space Messages
Have you ever wondered what you would say if you could send a message into space? Some kids in WA are working on messages that will soon be transmitted 4 light years away. We find out what they're going to say and how their messages will travel so far.

Sea Dragon
Australian scientists are trying to save a unique marine species that is tough to find at the best of times. It's called the Weedy Sea Dragon and there are worries the creatures are now endangered. But to confirm that, researchers need help from citizen scientists and some amazing facial recognition software.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -

Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences:
Living things have life cycles. Year 4
 
Living things, including plants and animals, 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 the physical conditions of their environment   Year 6

Behind the News: Cyberattack//50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum/Kids TV/Space Messages/Sea Dragon

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:28
Cyberattack Last week, a massive cyberattack hit computers right around the world. It caused some big problems, but how did it all happen? In our lead story next week, we explain how a computer can be hacked and why some people might want to. 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum Next Saturday is the 50th anniversary of a really important moment in Australia's history; the 1967 referendum. It saw the majority of Australians vote to change our country's laws to count Indigenous Australians as full citizens. We take a special look at the events that led up to this momentous vote and how things have changed since. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - 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 5 Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Government and democracy: The process for constitutional change through a referendum Year 7 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 Kids TV Recently the government announced a review into how much children's TV should be shown on commercial networks. Currently there are rules about how many hours are broadcast and how much of it must be made in Australia. But some people are worried that if those rules disappear in the future, so will many great kids programs. Space Messages Have you ever wondered what you would say if you could send a message into space? Some kids in WA are working on messages that will soon be transmitted 4 light years away. We find out what they're going to say and how their messages will travel so far. Sea Dragon Australian scientists are trying to save a unique marine species that is tough to find at the best of times. It's called the Weedy Sea Dragon and there are worries the creatures are now endangered. But to confirm that, researchers need help from citizen scientists and some amazing facial recognition software. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Living things have life cycles. Year 4 Living things, including plants and animals, 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 the physical conditions of their environment Year 6
Budget 2017 - Good vs Bad Debt:
Next week, the federal Government will announce what it would like to do with the country's money. But in the lead-up, there's been a lot of talk about debt. The treasurer says he'd like people to remember that not all debt is bad debt. So next week we'll find out when spending money you don't have could be a good thing.

War on Waste Special - Fashion Waste:
Each year, Australians generate a huge amount of waste. So this month, the ABC is tackling this issue with a series called 'War on Waste'. And over the next few shows, we'll look at a few ways kids can cut down on the waste they produce. This week we're focusing on fashion waste.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas:

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 

HASS / 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  

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 solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 and 6

Design and Technologies  / Processes and Production Skills:
Evaluate design ideas, processes and solutions based on criteria for success developed with guidance and including care for the environment Years 3 and 4

Design and Technologies / Knowledge and Understanding:
Examine how people in design and technologies occupations address competing considerations, including sustainability in the design of products, services, and environments for current and future use Years 5 and 6

Blood Donation
The Red Cross has come up with a new way to encourage people to donate blood more regularly. It's introducing a text message system that will let each donor know where their blood is being used. So we thought we'd trial the new system with help from BTN reporter and regular plasma donor Nic. We'll also find out how blood gets from you to the person who needs it.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas:

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 and 6                

Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations Year 7

Eagle Hunter
Next week you'll also meet a young girl from Mongolia who, like most kids, goes to school, hangs with her friends and helps out with chores around the house. But on the weekends, she heads into the mountains to learn how to hunt with a trained eagle. Learn more about this amazing ancient practice and the culture it comes from.

Bottle Message
Imagine walking along a beach and finding a message in a bottle that had drifted there from thousands of kilometres away. Sound like something out of a movie? Well that happened to a young Aussie kid recently. We helped him track down who threw it in the ocean in the first place.

Behind the News: Budget 2017 - Good vs Bad Debt/War on Waste Special - Fashion Waste/Blood Donation/Eagle Hunter/Bottle Message

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:28
Budget 2017 - Good vs Bad Debt: Next week, the federal Government will announce what it would like to do with the country's money. But in the lead-up, there's been a lot of talk about debt. The treasurer says he'd like people to remember that not all debt is bad debt. So next week we'll find out when spending money you don't have could be a good thing. War on Waste Special - Fashion Waste: Each year, Australians generate a huge amount of waste. So this month, the ABC is tackling this issue with a series called 'War on Waste'. And over the next few shows, we'll look at a few ways kids can cut down on the waste they produce. This week we're focusing on fashion waste. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: 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 HASS / 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 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 solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 and 6 Design and Technologies / Processes and Production Skills: Evaluate design ideas, processes and solutions based on criteria for success developed with guidance and including care for the environment Years 3 and 4 Design and Technologies / Knowledge and Understanding: Examine how people in design and technologies occupations address competing considerations, including sustainability in the design of products, services, and environments for current and future use Years 5 and 6 Blood Donation The Red Cross has come up with a new way to encourage people to donate blood more regularly. It's introducing a text message system that will let each donor know where their blood is being used. So we thought we'd trial the new system with help from BTN reporter and regular plasma donor Nic. We'll also find out how blood gets from you to the person who needs it. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: 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 and 6 Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations Year 7 Eagle Hunter Next week you'll also meet a young girl from Mongolia who, like most kids, goes to school, hangs with her friends and helps out with chores around the house. But on the weekends, she heads into the mountains to learn how to hunt with a trained eagle. Learn more about this amazing ancient practice and the culture it comes from. Bottle Message Imagine walking along a beach and finding a message in a bottle that had drifted there from thousands of kilometres away. Sound like something out of a movie? Well that happened to a young Aussie kid recently. We helped him track down who threw it in the ocean in the first place.
Should we be scared of North Korea?
Over the school holidays, North Korea threatened many countries around the world with nuclear war. And Australia was one of the countries singled out. But why would North Korea threaten us? And should you be worried about it? We find out.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas: 

Geography / Knowledge and Understanding:
The geographical diversity of the Asia region and the location of its major countries in relation to Australia  Year 6
 
Differences in the economic, demographic and social characteristics of countries across the world Year 6
 
HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning:
Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 and 6
 
HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching:
Sequence information about people's lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including Years 5 and 6
 
Civics and Citizenship/ Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity:
The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens Year 6
 
Citizenship Changes
Recently the Australian Government announced changes to the way refugees and migrants become citizens of this country. We take a look at what citizenship means and how the new process might affect those wanting to go through it.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas:

Civics and Citizenship/ 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  Years 5 and 6

Civics and Citizenship/ Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity:
Who can be an Australian citizen, the formal rights and responsibilities, and shared values of Australian citizenship  Year 6

Civics and Citizenship / Civics and Citizenship Skills / Analysis, synthesis and interpretation:
Identify over-generalised statements in relation to civics and citizenship topics and issues Year 6

Battle of Coral Sea
Next week, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will meet US President Donald Trump to mark 75 years since the beginning of Australia's military relationship with America. The two countries teamed up on the 4th of May 1942 to fight Japan in the Battle of the Coral Sea. We travel back to find out what happened and how it helped forge more than seven decades of friendship.

Suing Trump
A nine-year old American kid is part of a group of young people currently suing US President Donald Trump over his environmental policies. We talk to him to find out what he's worried about and why he's decided to take the President to court to try to fix it.

Marn Grook Footy
A researcher has uncovered evidence that Aussie Rules football could have been influenced by a traditional Indigenous game called Marn Grook. Marn Grook has been played for thousands of years and bears a striking resemblance to the modern game we see on our TV screens each weekend. We take a closer look at the similarities and differences between them.

Behind the News: Should we be scared of North Korea?/Citizenship Changes/Battle of Coral Sea//Suing Trump/Marn Grook Footy

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:29
Should we be scared of North Korea? Over the school holidays, North Korea threatened many countries around the world with nuclear war. And Australia was one of the countries singled out. But why would North Korea threaten us? And should you be worried about it? We find out. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Geography / Knowledge and Understanding: The geographical diversity of the Asia region and the location of its major countries in relation to Australia Year 6 Differences in the economic, demographic and social characteristics of countries across the world Year 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 and 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching: Sequence information about people's lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including Years 5 and 6 Civics and Citizenship/ Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity: The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens Year 6 Citizenship Changes Recently the Australian Government announced changes to the way refugees and migrants become citizens of this country. We take a look at what citizenship means and how the new process might affect those wanting to go through it. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Civics and Citizenship/ 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 Years 5 and 6 Civics and Citizenship/ Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity: Who can be an Australian citizen, the formal rights and responsibilities, and shared values of Australian citizenship Year 6 Civics and Citizenship / Civics and Citizenship Skills / Analysis, synthesis and interpretation: Identify over-generalised statements in relation to civics and citizenship topics and issues Year 6 Battle of Coral Sea Next week, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will meet US President Donald Trump to mark 75 years since the beginning of Australia's military relationship with America. The two countries teamed up on the 4th of May 1942 to fight Japan in the Battle of the Coral Sea. We travel back to find out what happened and how it helped forge more than seven decades of friendship. Suing Trump A nine-year old American kid is part of a group of young people currently suing US President Donald Trump over his environmental policies. We talk to him to find out what he's worried about and why he's decided to take the President to court to try to fix it. Marn Grook Footy A researcher has uncovered evidence that Aussie Rules football could have been influenced by a traditional Indigenous game called Marn Grook. Marn Grook has been played for thousands of years and bears a striking resemblance to the modern game we see on our TV screens each weekend. We take a closer look at the similarities and differences between them.
Cyclone Debbie
People in North Queensland are counting the cost and cleaning up after a huge tropical cyclone hit the area this week. We'll check in with kids from the area to find out what it was like to go through such a destructive storm and how the clean-up is going now.

Cashless Issues
The Reserve Bank says it will soon roll out a new way of paying for things, further reducing the need for people to carry cash. They say it will help consumers to buy things quickly and easily, but are there any people who will suffer from the move away from coins and notes? We take a look and find out how some groups are planning to solve the difficulties caused by a cashless world.

BTN Investigates: Space
This week on BTN Investigates, Tye has asked us if space is infinite. Well Tye, strap in because we will blast off to find an answer to your question next week. We'll also give you an exclusive look at the ABC's special educational event 'Stargazing', coming live to ABC TV next week.

Cloud Atlas
Did you know there's something called an International Cloud Atlas? It's a guide to all the different clouds that can be seen around the world and recently, the World Meteorological Organisation released a new one. It contains some pretty impressive new clouds, including one from a man in Australia. We take a look at some of most common types of clouds and find out how they're actually formed.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas: 

Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Communicating:
Represent and communicate observations, ideas and findings using formal and informal representations  Year 4

Science / Science Understanding / Chemical sciences:
Solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways Year 5 

Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences:
Some of Earth's resources are renewable, including water that cycles through the environment, but others are non-renewable Year 7

Silo Art
Recently, artist Guido Van Helton began an ambitious project to create a massive artwork in a rural town. His canvas are 35 metre tall silos. His subjects; students from the local school. We find out from the kids involved what it's like to have your portrait painted 11 storeys high.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas:

The Arts / Visual Arts:
Identify intended purposes and meanings of artworks using visual arts terminology to compare artworks, starting with visual artworks in Australia including visual artworks of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Years 3 and 4

Explore ideas and practices used by artists, including practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to represent different views, beliefs and opinions Years 5 and 6

Identify and connect specific features and purposes of visual artworks from contemporary and past times to explore viewpoints and enrich their art-making, starting with Australian artworks including those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Years 7 and 8 

Develop ways to enhance their intentions as artists through exploration of how artists use materials, techniques, technologies and processes  Years 7 and 8

Analyse how artists use visual conventions in artworks Years 7 and 8

Kind Classrooms 2017
Tune into this week's show to see all of the nice things Aussie classrooms have done for Kind Classrooms this year!

Behind the News: Cyclone Debbie/Cashless Issues/BTN Investigates: Space/Cloud Atlas/Silo Art/Kind Classrooms 2017

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:29
Cyclone Debbie People in North Queensland are counting the cost and cleaning up after a huge tropical cyclone hit the area this week. We'll check in with kids from the area to find out what it was like to go through such a destructive storm and how the clean-up is going now. Cashless Issues The Reserve Bank says it will soon roll out a new way of paying for things, further reducing the need for people to carry cash. They say it will help consumers to buy things quickly and easily, but are there any people who will suffer from the move away from coins and notes? We take a look and find out how some groups are planning to solve the difficulties caused by a cashless world. BTN Investigates: Space This week on BTN Investigates, Tye has asked us if space is infinite. Well Tye, strap in because we will blast off to find an answer to your question next week. We'll also give you an exclusive look at the ABC's special educational event 'Stargazing', coming live to ABC TV next week. Cloud Atlas Did you know there's something called an International Cloud Atlas? It's a guide to all the different clouds that can be seen around the world and recently, the World Meteorological Organisation released a new one. It contains some pretty impressive new clouds, including one from a man in Australia. We take a look at some of most common types of clouds and find out how they're actually formed. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Communicating: Represent and communicate observations, ideas and findings using formal and informal representations Year 4 Science / Science Understanding / Chemical sciences: Solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways Year 5 Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences: Some of Earth's resources are renewable, including water that cycles through the environment, but others are non-renewable Year 7 Silo Art Recently, artist Guido Van Helton began an ambitious project to create a massive artwork in a rural town. His canvas are 35 metre tall silos. His subjects; students from the local school. We find out from the kids involved what it's like to have your portrait painted 11 storeys high. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: The Arts / Visual Arts: Identify intended purposes and meanings of artworks using visual arts terminology to compare artworks, starting with visual artworks in Australia including visual artworks of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Years 3 and 4 Explore ideas and practices used by artists, including practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to represent different views, beliefs and opinions Years 5 and 6 Identify and connect specific features and purposes of visual artworks from contemporary and past times to explore viewpoints and enrich their art-making, starting with Australian artworks including those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Years 7 and 8 Develop ways to enhance their intentions as artists through exploration of how artists use materials, techniques, technologies and processes Years 7 and 8 Analyse how artists use visual conventions in artworks Years 7 and 8 Kind Classrooms 2017 Tune into this week's show to see all of the nice things Aussie classrooms have done for Kind Classrooms this year!
Kind Classrooms 2017  
Please submit your videos by Wednesday the 29th of March.
What kind act is your class doing for this year's BTN Kind Classrooms campaign? Last year we saw car washes, snack deliveries and donations to the homeless all planned and carried out by kids. So get thinking, film your work and send it in to BTN - and you might see your good deeds featured on the show. For more details, please head to our website.

What is 18C?
One number and one letter had many of Australia’s politicians talking this week. 18C is a section of law that talks about racial discrimination. Some politicians say it should be changed to allow people to speak more freely. Others say that would be dangerous. We explain more about what discrimination is and how this law might change things.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas:

Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Contributing to healthy and active communities:

Identify how valuing diversity positively influences the wellbeing of the community Years 5 and 6

Investigate the benefits to individuals and communities of valuing diversity and promoting inclusivity Years 6 and 7

Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity:

Who can be an Australian citizen, the formal rights and responsibilities, and shared values of Australian citizenship 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

World Happiness
How happy are you? That's what the UN asked thousands of people around the world recently for its annual happiness survey. We take a look at which countries are the happiest and more importantly, why.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas:

Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health /  Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing:

Investigate how emotional responses vary in depth and strength Years 3 and 4

Examine the influence of emotional responses on behaviour and relationships Years 5 and 6

Analyse factors that influence emotions, and develop strategies to demonstrate empathy and sensitivity Years 7 and 8

Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Contributing to healthy and active communities:

Investigate the role of preventive health in promoting and maintaining health, safety and wellbeing for individuals and their communities Years 5 and 6

National Archives
The National Archives is currently moving more than 15 million documents to a new storage facility in Canberra. We join them as they transport some delicate material samples to find out what’s involved and why these artefacts are so important to our national history.

Parking Win
Recently the New South Wales Premier announced that parking fees at state hospitals are soon going to be a lot cheaper, saving people who have to make regular trips thousands of dollars a year. The change comes after months of campaigning from a teenager named Gidon. We checked in with him to find out how he feels about his win and what advice he has for other kids who want to campaign for change.

Robotics Comp
Finally, we’re going to hear from Amber and her robotics team, the Roboroos, as they take on others from around the country at the FIRST Robotics Championship. Find out more about their journey and how they went next week.

Behind the News: Kind Classrooms 2017/What is 18C?/World Happiness/National Archives/Parking Win/Robotics Comp

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:29
Kind Classrooms 2017 Please submit your videos by Wednesday the 29th of March. What kind act is your class doing for this year's BTN Kind Classrooms campaign? Last year we saw car washes, snack deliveries and donations to the homeless all planned and carried out by kids. So get thinking, film your work and send it in to BTN - and you might see your good deeds featured on the show. For more details, please head to our website. What is 18C? One number and one letter had many of Australia’s politicians talking this week. 18C is a section of law that talks about racial discrimination. Some politicians say it should be changed to allow people to speak more freely. Others say that would be dangerous. We explain more about what discrimination is and how this law might change things. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Contributing to healthy and active communities: Identify how valuing diversity positively influences the wellbeing of the community Years 5 and 6 Investigate the benefits to individuals and communities of valuing diversity and promoting inclusivity Years 6 and 7 Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity: Who can be an Australian citizen, the formal rights and responsibilities, and shared values of Australian citizenship 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 World Happiness How happy are you? That's what the UN asked thousands of people around the world recently for its annual happiness survey. We take a look at which countries are the happiest and more importantly, why. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing: Investigate how emotional responses vary in depth and strength Years 3 and 4 Examine the influence of emotional responses on behaviour and relationships Years 5 and 6 Analyse factors that influence emotions, and develop strategies to demonstrate empathy and sensitivity Years 7 and 8 Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Contributing to healthy and active communities: Investigate the role of preventive health in promoting and maintaining health, safety and wellbeing for individuals and their communities Years 5 and 6 National Archives The National Archives is currently moving more than 15 million documents to a new storage facility in Canberra. We join them as they transport some delicate material samples to find out what’s involved and why these artefacts are so important to our national history. Parking Win Recently the New South Wales Premier announced that parking fees at state hospitals are soon going to be a lot cheaper, saving people who have to make regular trips thousands of dollars a year. The change comes after months of campaigning from a teenager named Gidon. We checked in with him to find out how he feels about his win and what advice he has for other kids who want to campaign for change. Robotics Comp Finally, we’re going to hear from Amber and her robotics team, the Roboroos, as they take on others from around the country at the FIRST Robotics Championship. Find out more about their journey and how they went next week.
Kind Classrooms 2017 Continues
What kind act is your class doing for this year's BTN Kind Classrooms campaign? Last year we saw car washes, snack deliveries and donations to the homeless all planned and carried out by kids. So get thinking, film your work and send it in to BTN - and you might see your good deeds featured on the show.

For more details, please head to our website.

Power Fix
Recently, South Australia has had problems with its power supply, so this week its Premier announced it would attempt to fix these issues with two things - batteries and gas. We take a look at both of these technologies and find out how each one might be able to make an electricity grid more reliable.

Queensland Drought
Almost 90% of the state of Queensland is currently suffering drought conditions, leading to worries for the people there that rely on rainfall for their livelihoods, like farmers. We meet some of the kids living in these drought areas to find out what sort of problems it's causing for them each and every day.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas:

Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences: 
Sudden geological changes and extreme weather events can affect Earth's surface Year 6
 
Geography / Water in the world:
Causes, impacts and responses to an atmospheric or hydrological hazard Year 7
 
The quantity and variability of Australia's water resources compared with other continents Year 7

Epilepsy
Sunday the 26th of March is Purple Day. It is dedicated to raising awareness about epilepsy. So we asked one young Aussie to tell us what living with epilepsy means for him.
 
Earth Hour Torches
Some Kind Classrooms inspiration next - a group of kids are working hard to make cheap and enviromentally sustainable torches for families in Africa. They're building the solar-powered lights as part of Earth Hour, an environmental awareness campaign that's marking its tenth anniversary this year. We'll join them to find out how they make these special torches and why they're needed overseas.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas: 

Science/ 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 and 6 
 
Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science:
Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 7

Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences:
Some of Earth's resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable 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

VR Classroom
We've all heard of the school of the air, but what about the school of virtual reality? Aurora College in NSW claims to be the first VR school in the state, with students meeting together digitally for lessons held by teachers all over the world. We find out what going to this special kind of school is really like.

Behind the News: Kind Classrooms 2017 Continues/Power Fix/Queensland Drought/Epilepsy/Earth Hour Torches/VR Classroom

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:29
Kind Classrooms 2017 Continues What kind act is your class doing for this year's BTN Kind Classrooms campaign? Last year we saw car washes, snack deliveries and donations to the homeless all planned and carried out by kids. So get thinking, film your work and send it in to BTN - and you might see your good deeds featured on the show. For more details, please head to our website. Power Fix Recently, South Australia has had problems with its power supply, so this week its Premier announced it would attempt to fix these issues with two things - batteries and gas. We take a look at both of these technologies and find out how each one might be able to make an electricity grid more reliable. Queensland Drought Almost 90% of the state of Queensland is currently suffering drought conditions, leading to worries for the people there that rely on rainfall for their livelihoods, like farmers. We meet some of the kids living in these drought areas to find out what sort of problems it's causing for them each and every day. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences: Sudden geological changes and extreme weather events can affect Earth's surface Year 6 Geography / Water in the world: Causes, impacts and responses to an atmospheric or hydrological hazard Year 7 The quantity and variability of Australia's water resources compared with other continents Year 7 Epilepsy Sunday the 26th of March is Purple Day. It is dedicated to raising awareness about epilepsy. So we asked one young Aussie to tell us what living with epilepsy means for him. Earth Hour Torches Some Kind Classrooms inspiration next - a group of kids are working hard to make cheap and enviromentally sustainable torches for families in Africa. They're building the solar-powered lights as part of Earth Hour, an environmental awareness campaign that's marking its tenth anniversary this year. We'll join them to find out how they make these special torches and why they're needed overseas. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Science/ 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 and 6 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science: Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 7 Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences: Some of Earth's resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable 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 VR Classroom We've all heard of the school of the air, but what about the school of virtual reality? Aurora College in NSW claims to be the first VR school in the state, with students meeting together digitally for lessons held by teachers all over the world. We find out what going to this special kind of school is really like.
Kind Classrooms 2017 Launch
Kind Classrooms returns for 2017 with a callout to classrooms around the country to show us how you make a difference in your community. Last year we saw car washes, snack deliveries and donations to the homeless all planned and carried out by kind kids. So get thinking, film your work and send it in to BTN and you might see your good deeds featured on the show. For more details, please head to our website.

Vaccination
One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson has described the Government's 'no jab no pay' policy as a 'dictatorship', saying parents should be allowed to choose not to vaccinate their kids. But that statement has health professionals really worried, because vaccines have already been responsible for wiping out some serious diseases and saving millions of lives. We'll take a closer look at the issue next week.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas:

Science / 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 and 6

Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations Year 7 

Science / Inquiry Skills / Communicating:
Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts Years 5 and 6 

Famine
Recently, South Sudan was declared the site of the world's first famine in six years. So this week on BTN, we're going to visit this country to find out what a famine is and why it's happening. We'll also find out what other countries can do to help.

Platypus Research
Right now researchers are trying to track one of Australia's most mysterious creatures. Scientists are scouring riverbeds in New South Wales for Platypuses as part of a three year count of the native Australian animal. We find out what they are hoping to learn.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas:

Geography / Knowledge and Understanding:
The importance of environments, including natural vegetation, to animals and people Year 4

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

BTN Investigates: Why do we need to sleep? 
This week on BTN Investigates, Mitchell and Troy want to know why we need sleep. Well Mitchell and Troy, sleep is one of our favourite topics here on BTN. Tune in next week to find out all about what really happens to you during those hours of evening shut-eye.

Synchronised Swimming
It's a sport that combines dancing and gymnastics - all while underwater and often upside down. It's synchronised swimming and this week, we're going to meet some of the first boys to pick up the nose plugs in Australia. But they say they need one of the sports rules to change to be allowed to represent Australia at the Olympics one day. We meet them to find out more.

Behind the News: Kind Classrooms 2017 Launch/Vaccination/Famine/Platypus Research/ Why do we need to sleep?/Synchronised Swimming

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
29:50
Kind Classrooms 2017 Launch Kind Classrooms returns for 2017 with a callout to classrooms around the country to show us how you make a difference in your community. Last year we saw car washes, snack deliveries and donations to the homeless all planned and carried out by kind kids. So get thinking, film your work and send it in to BTN and you might see your good deeds featured on the show. For more details, please head to our website. Vaccination One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson has described the Government's 'no jab no pay' policy as a 'dictatorship', saying parents should be allowed to choose not to vaccinate their kids. But that statement has health professionals really worried, because vaccines have already been responsible for wiping out some serious diseases and saving millions of lives. We'll take a closer look at the issue next week. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Science / 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 and 6 Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations Year 7 Science / Inquiry Skills / Communicating: Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts Years 5 and 6 Famine Recently, South Sudan was declared the site of the world's first famine in six years. So this week on BTN, we're going to visit this country to find out what a famine is and why it's happening. We'll also find out what other countries can do to help. Platypus Research Right now researchers are trying to track one of Australia's most mysterious creatures. Scientists are scouring riverbeds in New South Wales for Platypuses as part of a three year count of the native Australian animal. We find out what they are hoping to learn. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Geography / Knowledge and Understanding: The importance of environments, including natural vegetation, to animals and people Year 4 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 BTN Investigates: Why do we need to sleep? This week on BTN Investigates, Mitchell and Troy want to know why we need sleep. Well Mitchell and Troy, sleep is one of our favourite topics here on BTN. Tune in next week to find out all about what really happens to you during those hours of evening shut-eye. Synchronised Swimming It's a sport that combines dancing and gymnastics - all while underwater and often upside down. It's synchronised swimming and this week, we're going to meet some of the first boys to pick up the nose plugs in Australia. But they say they need one of the sports rules to change to be allowed to represent Australia at the Olympics one day. We meet them to find out more.
Russia
Open the newspaper or turn on the TV news and it’s pretty likely you’ll hear Russia mentioned. The country has hit the headlines repeatedly this year over accusations it has ties to the new US President and his administration. That’s big news because not so long ago, the two countries were bitter enemies. This week we find out more about Russia and its tumultuous relationship with the west.  

International Women’s Day: Women at Work
Next week the world will mark International Women’s Day, which celebrates the awesome achievements of women all around the world. But it’s also a day to remember the past inequalities they have faced too, especially in the workplace. So in our next episode, we’re going to step back in time to find out what it was really like to be a working woman, before discovering some of the problems they still face today.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas:

History / Knowledge and Understanding:
Days and weeks celebrated or commemorated in Australia (including Australia Day, Anzac Day, and National Sorry Day) and the importance of symbols and emblems Year 3

Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women and children Year 6

Balloon Ban
Have you ever let a helium balloon drift off into the sky? Or popped one outside and left the remains? Well Zoos Victoria say those two actions are incredibly dangerous for many birds, animals and sea creatures, because many of them mistake it for food. So now they are campaigning for balloons to be banned outside.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas:

HASS / 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
 
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 solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 and 6

Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations Year 7
 
Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences:
Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs Year 7 

Sideline Abuse
Have you ever been at a sports match and seen an adult behaving badly on the sidelines? Well experts say it’s happening way too often now. So some famous sports stars have helped to launch a campaign asking parents to make sure sport stays fun for kids.

BTN Investigates: Dictionaries
This week on BTN Investigates, Sean wants to know “how do you get a word in the dictionary?” Well Sean, you’ve come to the right place. Tune in next week to find out all about these massive books and how they’re compiled.

Behind the News: Russia/International Women’s Day/Balloon Ban/Sideline Abuse/Dictionaries

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:29
Russia Open the newspaper or turn on the TV news and it’s pretty likely you’ll hear Russia mentioned. The country has hit the headlines repeatedly this year over accusations it has ties to the new US President and his administration. That’s big news because not so long ago, the two countries were bitter enemies. This week we find out more about Russia and its tumultuous relationship with the west. International Women’s Day: Women at Work Next week the world will mark International Women’s Day, which celebrates the awesome achievements of women all around the world. But it’s also a day to remember the past inequalities they have faced too, especially in the workplace. So in our next episode, we’re going to step back in time to find out what it was really like to be a working woman, before discovering some of the problems they still face today. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: History / Knowledge and Understanding: Days and weeks celebrated or commemorated in Australia (including Australia Day, Anzac Day, and National Sorry Day) and the importance of symbols and emblems Year 3 Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women and children Year 6 Balloon Ban Have you ever let a helium balloon drift off into the sky? Or popped one outside and left the remains? Well Zoos Victoria say those two actions are incredibly dangerous for many birds, animals and sea creatures, because many of them mistake it for food. So now they are campaigning for balloons to be banned outside. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: HASS / 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 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 solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 and 6 Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations Year 7 Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs Year 7 Sideline Abuse Have you ever been at a sports match and seen an adult behaving badly on the sidelines? Well experts say it’s happening way too often now. So some famous sports stars have helped to launch a campaign asking parents to make sure sport stays fun for kids. BTN Investigates: Dictionaries This week on BTN Investigates, Sean wants to know “how do you get a word in the dictionary?” Well Sean, you’ve come to the right place. Tune in next week to find out all about these massive books and how they’re compiled.
Israel Visit/Cybersecurity Jobs/Palm Oil/Mystery Planet/Robotic Student

Israel Visit 
The historic visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is raising questions about the relationship between his nation and the Palestinian people all the way over on the other side of the world. Palestine is currently not recognised as an independent state by Australia, but some say that should change. Others say it definitely shouldn't. We take a look at both sides of this debate and find out why so many prominent have weighed in on the topic.

Cybersecurity Jobs 
Last week Google announced it was on the lookout to hire Australia's best and brightest hackers. Hackers are normally known for trying to steal other people's information or take down websites. So why would one of the biggest technology companies in the world want to hire them? Well hacking is becoming such an important job that many organisations and government agencies say more young Aussies need to start considering it as a career.

BTN Investigates: Palm Oil 
This week, Alice asked BTN to investigate "why palm oil effects orangutans so badly?" We sent Matt out to discover how a simple food product can hurt primates and what you can do to help.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED 
Learning Areas:

Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity: The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens  Year 6

Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs Year 7

Mystery Planet 
Would you like to discover a new planet? Well now you have the chance, after NASA asked for help to comb through millions of photos of our solar system to find a mysterious 9th planet that they suspect exists - but have so far not been able to see. We reveal how you can get involved in the hunt.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas:

Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences: The Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the sun) Year 5

Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science: Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and reflects historical and cultural contributions Years 5 and 6

Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 6

Robotic Student 
Being stuck at home because of sickness can be a real problem for some kids. They miss out on important lessons at school and the chance to hang with their friends too. Well now remote controlled robots are being used to help. We meet one of the kids who've used on to stay connected from home.

Behind the News: Israel Visit/Cybersecurity Jobs/Palm Oil/Mystery Planet/Robotic Student

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:29
Israel Visit/Cybersecurity Jobs/Palm Oil/Mystery Planet/Robotic Student Israel Visit The historic visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is raising questions about the relationship between his nation and the Palestinian people all the way over on the other side of the world. Palestine is currently not recognised as an independent state by Australia, but some say that should change. Others say it definitely shouldn't. We take a look at both sides of this debate and find out why so many prominent have weighed in on the topic. Cybersecurity Jobs Last week Google announced it was on the lookout to hire Australia's best and brightest hackers. Hackers are normally known for trying to steal other people's information or take down websites. So why would one of the biggest technology companies in the world want to hire them? Well hacking is becoming such an important job that many organisations and government agencies say more young Aussies need to start considering it as a career. BTN Investigates: Palm Oil This week, Alice asked BTN to investigate "why palm oil effects orangutans so badly?" We sent Matt out to discover how a simple food product can hurt primates and what you can do to help. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity: The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens Year 6 Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs Year 7 Mystery Planet Would you like to discover a new planet? Well now you have the chance, after NASA asked for help to comb through millions of photos of our solar system to find a mysterious 9th planet that they suspect exists - but have so far not been able to see. We reveal how you can get involved in the hunt. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences: The Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the sun) Year 5 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science: Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and reflects historical and cultural contributions Years 5 and 6 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 6 Robotic Student Being stuck at home because of sickness can be a real problem for some kids. They miss out on important lessons at school and the chance to hang with their friends too. Well now remote controlled robots are being used to help. We meet one of the kids who've used on to stay connected from home.
Fire Aid
The past two weeks have been tough for many communities in central New South Wales. Bushfires hit during last week’s heatwave conditions, causing widespread damage. We hear from some kids who have been affected and find out how help is reaching them.

Vitamins
Seven in ten Aussies regularly take supplements, like vitamins or herbal medicines. But now, Australia's leading group of doctors say people may not be getting the benefits from them that they expect. We take a look at some of the most common supplements to find out how much evidence there really is behind them.

Beached Whales
Last week, hundreds of whales became stranded on a beach in New Zealand. Some were able to get reach safety, while others died when they couldn't get back into deeper water. We explore some of the theories around why some of the biggest, smartest creatures in the ocean often end up beached on the shore.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas:

Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences:
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 the physical conditions of their environment  Year 6

Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science:
Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Year 6

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

Playground Sunnies
Most kids know they have to wear sun protection when outside. But some eye specialists say hats and sunscreen don’t protect kids’ eyes, so they're now calling for schools to make sunglasses compulsory. They say too many kids are getting eye damage from the sun and that could easily be prevented.

TEACHING 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 and 6

Health and PE / Personal, Social and Community Health / Being healthy, safe and active:
Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing Years 5 and 6

Health and PE / Personal, Social and Community Health / Contributing to healthy and active communities:
Investigate the role of preventive health in promoting and maintaining health, safety and wellbeing for individuals and their communities Years 5 and 6

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 Year 5

English / Literacy / Interacting with others:
Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions  Year 6

Shearing Kid
Wool has been a vital commodity in Australia ever since 29 sheep were brought out on the First Fleet in 1788. But through all of the years since, technology still hasn’t been able to replace the job of a skilled shearer. In this story, we’ll meet a 5-year old already looking to make his mark on the industry, before finding out more about the history of this important occupation.

Behind the News: Fire Aid/Vitamins/Beached Whales/Playground Sunnies/Shearing Kid

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:27
Fire Aid The past two weeks have been tough for many communities in central New South Wales. Bushfires hit during last week’s heatwave conditions, causing widespread damage. We hear from some kids who have been affected and find out how help is reaching them. Vitamins Seven in ten Aussies regularly take supplements, like vitamins or herbal medicines. But now, Australia's leading group of doctors say people may not be getting the benefits from them that they expect. We take a look at some of the most common supplements to find out how much evidence there really is behind them. Beached Whales Last week, hundreds of whales became stranded on a beach in New Zealand. Some were able to get reach safety, while others died when they couldn't get back into deeper water. We explore some of the theories around why some of the biggest, smartest creatures in the ocean often end up beached on the shore. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: 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 the physical conditions of their environment Year 6 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Year 6 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 Playground Sunnies Most kids know they have to wear sun protection when outside. But some eye specialists say hats and sunscreen don’t protect kids’ eyes, so they're now calling for schools to make sunglasses compulsory. They say too many kids are getting eye damage from the sun and that could easily be prevented. TEACHING 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 and 6 Health and PE / Personal, Social and Community Health / Being healthy, safe and active: Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing Years 5 and 6 Health and PE / Personal, Social and Community Health / Contributing to healthy and active communities: Investigate the role of preventive health in promoting and maintaining health, safety and wellbeing for individuals and their communities Years 5 and 6 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 Year 5 English / Literacy / Interacting with others: Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions Year 6 Shearing Kid Wool has been a vital commodity in Australia ever since 29 sheep were brought out on the First Fleet in 1788. But through all of the years since, technology still hasn’t been able to replace the job of a skilled shearer. In this story, we’ll meet a 5-year old already looking to make his mark on the industry, before finding out more about the history of this important occupation.
Bernardi's Party
A South Australian Senator has controversially decided to leave the federal Liberal party - to start his own. Some say it's a good move, others say it's the wrong thing to do. But either way, Cory Bernardi isn't the first person to start a new political party. This week, we find out more about the political parties Australians have voted for in the past and what it takes to get a new one going.

Clean Coal
Australia is one of many countries around the world currently trying to cut carbon emissions. And last week, the Prime Minister announced that the government would soon look to 'clean coal' energy generation to help do that. But what is clean coal and can it really generate cleaner energy? We find out.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas:

Science / 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 and 6

Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences:
Some of Earth's resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable Year 7

Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science:
Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 7

HASS / 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

75th Anniversary Darwin Bombing
There were a lot of life-changing events that happened during World War Two, but most happened far from Australia's shores. That was until the 19th of February 1942, when Darwin was bombed by Japanese forces. It became the single biggest attack on Australian soil. Next weekend is the 75th anniversary of that bombing, so we're going to take a look at what actually happened and how it affected our country.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas:

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching:
Sequence information about people's lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelines Years 5 and 6

Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sources  Years 5 and 6

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning:
Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 and 6

HASS / Knowledge and Understanding / History:
The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation Year 6

Women's Sport
The new AFL women's league launched last weekend. Fans packed stadiums and nearly 900,000 people tuned in to watch the opening game. The AFL says it's great, not just for the league, but for women's sport in general. We talked to some of the stars of the new league and their young fans to find out what impact this success might have on girls considering sport as a career.

Indigenous Art Installation
Kids from the town of Parkes in New South Wales have helped to create a major piece of art. They recorded their voices in Wiradjuri, the traditional language of the area and then got to hear the results when the exhibition launched in Sydney.

Behind the News: Bernardi's Party/Clean Coal/75th Anniversary Darwin Bombing/Women's Sport/Indigenous Art Installation

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:29
Bernardi's Party A South Australian Senator has controversially decided to leave the federal Liberal party - to start his own. Some say it's a good move, others say it's the wrong thing to do. But either way, Cory Bernardi isn't the first person to start a new political party. This week, we find out more about the political parties Australians have voted for in the past and what it takes to get a new one going. Clean Coal Australia is one of many countries around the world currently trying to cut carbon emissions. And last week, the Prime Minister announced that the government would soon look to 'clean coal' energy generation to help do that. But what is clean coal and can it really generate cleaner energy? We find out. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Science / 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 and 6 Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences: Some of Earth's resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable Year 7 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science: Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 7 HASS / 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 75th Anniversary Darwin Bombing There were a lot of life-changing events that happened during World War Two, but most happened far from Australia's shores. That was until the 19th of February 1942, when Darwin was bombed by Japanese forces. It became the single biggest attack on Australian soil. Next weekend is the 75th anniversary of that bombing, so we're going to take a look at what actually happened and how it affected our country. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching: Sequence information about people's lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelines Years 5 and 6 Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sources Years 5 and 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 and 6 HASS / Knowledge and Understanding / History: The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation Year 6 Women's Sport The new AFL women's league launched last weekend. Fans packed stadiums and nearly 900,000 people tuned in to watch the opening game. The AFL says it's great, not just for the league, but for women's sport in general. We talked to some of the stars of the new league and their young fans to find out what impact this success might have on girls considering sport as a career. Indigenous Art Installation Kids from the town of Parkes in New South Wales have helped to create a major piece of art. They recorded their voices in Wiradjuri, the traditional language of the area and then got to hear the results when the exhibition launched in Sydney.
President Trump/Hijab Day/Terms and Confusion/School of the Air/Farm Living/BTN Investigates

President Trump
Over the holidays, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the President of the United States. And in the weeks since, his decisions have made headlines around the world. The reason he’s been able to make so many big calls in such a short time is because he has a special power that many other leaders don’t have - Executive Orders. We’ll find out all about them next week.

Hijab Day
Over the holidays, the Muslim religion was in the news a lot too. While some of that attention focused on Donald Trump’s recent visa restrictions for people from some Muslim nations, in Australian there was also controversy around an Australia Day billboard featuring two girls wearing hijabs. The 1st of February was World Hijab Day, so we asked one young girl to tell us what a hijab is and why she wears one.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas

Health and Physical Education:
Describe how respect, empathy and valuing diversity can positively influence relationships Years 3 and 4

Civics and Citizenship / Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity:
How a person’s identity can be shaped by the different cultural, religious and/or social groups to which they may belong  Year 4

Civics and Citizenship / Civics and Citizenship Skills / Communication and reflection:
Reflect on their cultural identity and how it might be similar and different from others Year 4

Civics and Citizenship / Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity:
How Australia is a secular nation and a multi-faith society Year 7

How values, including freedom, respect, inclusion, civility, responsibility, compassion, equality and a ‘fair go’, can promote cohesion within Australian society Year 7

Terms and Confusion
Many kids use social media sites like Instagram and snapchat. But did you know they are all not allowed to be used by people under 13? That is just one of the rules written in the terms and conditions that you agree to when you install them. But experts say there is no way kids could read let alone understand all of the things they are signing up to, so they are campaigning for them to be simplified.  

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas:

Digital Technologies Processes and Production Skills:
Plan, create and communicate ideas and information independently and with others, applying agreed ethical and social protocols Years 3 and 4

Plan, create and communicate ideas and information, including collaboratively online, applying agreed ethical, social and technical protocols Years 5 and 6

Plan and manage projects that create and communicate ideas and information collaboratively online, taking safety and social contexts into account Years 7 and 8

Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Being healthy, safe and active:
Identify and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing Years 3, 4, 5 and 6

ABC ‘Back to School’ feature: School of the Air
Most Australian students have now returned to school for another year. But for the kids in this story, that experience was very different. They live on a remote property in Queensland, so their classes are actually held in a small building next to their home. We asked them to explain what it’s like to do all of your lessons over the net and how their school day is different to yours.

Farm Living
A young girl has found a fun way to teach people about what it's like to live on a farm. She and her Dad record parody songs and upload them to YouTube. And they've been getting heaps of attention. We invited Aimee to tell you all about it. 

BTN Investigates
Have you seen or heard something in the news you'd like explained? Well now, clarity is only a click away with BTN Investigates. It's a section on our website where you can let us know what topics you want us to cover. It could be because it's confusing you, worrying you, or exciting you. We’ll pick the most popular suggestions to cover on the show.

Behind the News: President Trump/Hijab Day/Terms and Confusion/School of the Air/Farm Living/BTN Investigates

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:29
President Trump/Hijab Day/Terms and Confusion/School of the Air/Farm Living/BTN Investigates President Trump Over the holidays, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the President of the United States. And in the weeks since, his decisions have made headlines around the world. The reason he’s been able to make so many big calls in such a short time is because he has a special power that many other leaders don’t have - Executive Orders. We’ll find out all about them next week. Hijab Day Over the holidays, the Muslim religion was in the news a lot too. While some of that attention focused on Donald Trump’s recent visa restrictions for people from some Muslim nations, in Australian there was also controversy around an Australia Day billboard featuring two girls wearing hijabs. The 1st of February was World Hijab Day, so we asked one young girl to tell us what a hijab is and why she wears one. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas Health and Physical Education: Describe how respect, empathy and valuing diversity can positively influence relationships Years 3 and 4 Civics and Citizenship / Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity: How a person’s identity can be shaped by the different cultural, religious and/or social groups to which they may belong Year 4 Civics and Citizenship / Civics and Citizenship Skills / Communication and reflection: Reflect on their cultural identity and how it might be similar and different from others Year 4 Civics and Citizenship / Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity: How Australia is a secular nation and a multi-faith society Year 7 How values, including freedom, respect, inclusion, civility, responsibility, compassion, equality and a ‘fair go’, can promote cohesion within Australian society Year 7 Terms and Confusion Many kids use social media sites like Instagram and snapchat. But did you know they are all not allowed to be used by people under 13? That is just one of the rules written in the terms and conditions that you agree to when you install them. But experts say there is no way kids could read let alone understand all of the things they are signing up to, so they are campaigning for them to be simplified. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Digital Technologies Processes and Production Skills: Plan, create and communicate ideas and information independently and with others, applying agreed ethical and social protocols Years 3 and 4 Plan, create and communicate ideas and information, including collaboratively online, applying agreed ethical, social and technical protocols Years 5 and 6 Plan and manage projects that create and communicate ideas and information collaboratively online, taking safety and social contexts into account Years 7 and 8 Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Being healthy, safe and active: Identify and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 ABC ‘Back to School’ feature: School of the Air Most Australian students have now returned to school for another year. But for the kids in this story, that experience was very different. They live on a remote property in Queensland, so their classes are actually held in a small building next to their home. We asked them to explain what it’s like to do all of your lessons over the net and how their school day is different to yours. Farm Living A young girl has found a fun way to teach people about what it's like to live on a farm. She and her Dad record parody songs and upload them to YouTube. And they've been getting heaps of attention. We invited Aimee to tell you all about it. BTN Investigates Have you seen or heard something in the news you'd like explained? Well now, clarity is only a click away with BTN Investigates. It's a section on our website where you can let us know what topics you want us to cover. It could be because it's confusing you, worrying you, or exciting you. We’ll pick the most popular suggestions to cover on the show.
Fake News:
Critics say it changed the course of the American Election. Facebook says it is struggling to stop it. We're talking about fake news. And whether it's described as harmless fun or a serious problem, the one thing we can be sure of is that there is more of it around now than ever before. We take a look at what effect false headlines can have and how you can determine the truth.

Mawson Anniversary:
One hundred and five years ago, Douglas Mawson set off on an expedition that would write his name in the history books and earn him a knighthood in the process. But what happened on this trek that would ensure his story lived on for more than a century? We go digging through the history books to find out.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED:
Learning Areas -
Science / 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

Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science:
Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and reflects historical and cultural contributions Years 5 & 6

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning:
Pose questions to investigate people, events, places and issues Year 4

Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 & 6

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching:
Sequence information about people's lives and events Year 4

Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sources Years 5 & 6

History / Knowledge and Understanding:
The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation Year 6

Two part BtN Special feature - International Disability Day

Part 1 - Living in Silence:
In the first part of our special Disability Day feature, we're going to give you an insight into what a normal school day is like for a kid who is deaf. You will meet Tanya, who will tell her own story using no sound at all. And in doing so, you'll learn that her world is both very different and very similar to that of other Aussie school kids.

Part 2 - Living loud:
In the second part of our special Disability Day feature, we'll introduce you to Cameron, who lives with a condition called Tourette's. It's a neurological disorder that causes sudden movements or noises that can't be controlled and it affects 1 in every 100 kids. Cameron tells us what it's like to have Tourette's and shares the things he'd like other kids to be aware of if they ever meet him.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED:
Learning Areas -
Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing:
Describe how respect, empathy and valuing diversity can positively influence relationships Years 3 & 4

Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Contributing to healthy and active communities:
Identify how valuing diversity positively influences the wellbeing of the community (ACPPS060) Years 5 & 6

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 Year 5

Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience Year 6

English / Literacy / Interacting with others:
Use interaction skills when discussing and presenting ideas and information, selecting body language, voice qualities and other elements, (for example music and sound) to add interest and meaning  Year 7

High School Transition:
As the school year winds up, we know a big proportion of our audience will be contemplating the nerve-wracking move to high school next year. So what better way to put their minds at ease than to get some advice from kids that experienced the same thing just 12 months ago! Tune in to hear about all of the differences and similarities, best and worst parts of moving up in life.

Behind the News: Fake News/Mawson Anniversary/International Disability Day/High School Transition

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:29
Fake News: Critics say it changed the course of the American Election. Facebook says it is struggling to stop it. We're talking about fake news. And whether it's described as harmless fun or a serious problem, the one thing we can be sure of is that there is more of it around now than ever before. We take a look at what effect false headlines can have and how you can determine the truth. Mawson Anniversary: One hundred and five years ago, Douglas Mawson set off on an expedition that would write his name in the history books and earn him a knighthood in the process. But what happened on this trek that would ensure his story lived on for more than a century? We go digging through the history books to find out. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED: Learning Areas - Science / 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 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science: Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and reflects historical and cultural contributions Years 5 & 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Pose questions to investigate people, events, places and issues Year 4 Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 & 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching: Sequence information about people's lives and events Year 4 Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sources Years 5 & 6 History / Knowledge and Understanding: The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation Year 6 Two part BtN Special feature - International Disability Day Part 1 - Living in Silence: In the first part of our special Disability Day feature, we're going to give you an insight into what a normal school day is like for a kid who is deaf. You will meet Tanya, who will tell her own story using no sound at all. And in doing so, you'll learn that her world is both very different and very similar to that of other Aussie school kids. Part 2 - Living loud: In the second part of our special Disability Day feature, we'll introduce you to Cameron, who lives with a condition called Tourette's. It's a neurological disorder that causes sudden movements or noises that can't be controlled and it affects 1 in every 100 kids. Cameron tells us what it's like to have Tourette's and shares the things he'd like other kids to be aware of if they ever meet him. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED: Learning Areas - Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing: Describe how respect, empathy and valuing diversity can positively influence relationships Years 3 & 4 Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Contributing to healthy and active communities: Identify how valuing diversity positively influences the wellbeing of the community (ACPPS060) Years 5 & 6 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 Year 5 Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience Year 6 English / Literacy / Interacting with others: Use interaction skills when discussing and presenting ideas and information, selecting body language, voice qualities and other elements, (for example music and sound) to add interest and meaning Year 7 High School Transition: As the school year winds up, we know a big proportion of our audience will be contemplating the nerve-wracking move to high school next year. So what better way to put their minds at ease than to get some advice from kids that experienced the same thing just 12 months ago! Tune in to hear about all of the differences and similarities, best and worst parts of moving up in life.
Climate Talks:
In the immediate aftermath of the US election, PM Malcolm Turnbull announced Australia has now ratified the Paris climate agreement. More than 100 countries originally signed the agreement at a conference in Paris last year. But now, as a new international climate conference begins in Morocco, world leaders are concerned the second largest carbon emitter in the world, the US, will walk away from the targets they agreed to when Donald Trump becomes President next year. We find out what this might do to the agreement and why Australia wants to be involved anyway.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED:
Learning Areas -
Science / 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

Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences:
The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment  Year 6

Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science:
Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 7

White Ribbon Day:
One in four children in Australia are exposed to domestic violence. It's a statistic that is shocking to read, but even more shocking to picture while looking around an average classroom of kids. So this week, in the lead up to White Ribbon Day on the 25th, we're checking in with schools around Australia to find out what they are doing to help end the cycle of violence against women continuing into the future.

Skin Cancer:
It's nearly summertime which often means long hot days spent at the beach or by the pool. But it can also mean sunburn, which is why next week is Skin Cancer Action Week. We take a look at what skin cancer is and how being careful now can pay dividends in the years ahead. 

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED:
Learning Areas -
Health and PE / Personal Social and Community Health / Being healthy, safe and active:
Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing Years 5 & 6
Investigate community resources and ways to seek help about health, safety and wellbeing  Years 5 & 6

Health and PE / Personal, Social and Community Health / Contributing to healthy and active communities:
Investigate the role of preventive health in promoting and maintaining health, safety and wellbeing for individuals and their communities Years 5 & 6

Artificial Intelligence Jobs:
It's no secret that technology is moving ahead at an incredible rate. And one area that many researchers are working on is Artificial Intelligence, or AI. But what is AI and how could it affect our lives and careers in the decades ahead? We find out.

Subs in Schools:
Next month, a group of primary schoolers will compete against secondary school teams at the 'Subs in Schools' national underwater robot competition. We met team Triton to find out how they were planning to blow their older and more experienced competitors out of the water.

Behind the News: Climate Talks/White Ribbon Day/Skin Cancer/Artificial Intelligence Jobs/Subs in Schools

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:28
Climate Talks: In the immediate aftermath of the US election, PM Malcolm Turnbull announced Australia has now ratified the Paris climate agreement. More than 100 countries originally signed the agreement at a conference in Paris last year. But now, as a new international climate conference begins in Morocco, world leaders are concerned the second largest carbon emitter in the world, the US, will walk away from the targets they agreed to when Donald Trump becomes President next year. We find out what this might do to the agreement and why Australia wants to be involved anyway. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED: Learning Areas - Science / 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 Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment Year 6 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science: Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 7 White Ribbon Day: One in four children in Australia are exposed to domestic violence. It's a statistic that is shocking to read, but even more shocking to picture while looking around an average classroom of kids. So this week, in the lead up to White Ribbon Day on the 25th, we're checking in with schools around Australia to find out what they are doing to help end the cycle of violence against women continuing into the future. Skin Cancer: It's nearly summertime which often means long hot days spent at the beach or by the pool. But it can also mean sunburn, which is why next week is Skin Cancer Action Week. We take a look at what skin cancer is and how being careful now can pay dividends in the years ahead. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED: Learning Areas - Health and PE / Personal Social and Community Health / Being healthy, safe and active: Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing Years 5 & 6 Investigate community resources and ways to seek help about health, safety and wellbeing Years 5 & 6 Health and PE / Personal, Social and Community Health / Contributing to healthy and active communities: Investigate the role of preventive health in promoting and maintaining health, safety and wellbeing for individuals and their communities Years 5 & 6 Artificial Intelligence Jobs: It's no secret that technology is moving ahead at an incredible rate. And one area that many researchers are working on is Artificial Intelligence, or AI. But what is AI and how could it affect our lives and careers in the decades ahead? We find out. Subs in Schools: Next month, a group of primary schoolers will compete against secondary school teams at the 'Subs in Schools' national underwater robot competition. We met team Triton to find out how they were planning to blow their older and more experienced competitors out of the water.
New President:
In a result most didn't predict, Americans have elected businessman and former reality star Donald Trump as the 45th President of the country. We'll introduce you to the next leader of the free world and let you know his plans for the future. 

Air Pollution:
Imagine if your school had to close because the air outside was too polluted to breathe. That's what happened in India's capital New Delhi recently. Students and teachers there petitioned government to do something about it. But they aren't the only kids in the world struggling to breathe safely.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -

Science / 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

Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences:
The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment Year 6

Geography / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Place and liveability:
The influence of environmental quality on the liveability of places Year 7

Two part BtN Special feature - Refugees in Australia:
Part 1 - Rural Refugees:
In some rural areas, communities are shrinking as residents gradually move to the city. But recently, the people of Mingoola decided to do something about it. They hatched a plan by encourage refugee families to move there. And now, they say the move has revitalised the town.
 
Part 2 - Refugee AFL Program:
A new AFL coaching program has been created to help young refugees to feel more connected to their community. It's already been hailed a success by AFL representatives and community leaders. But one inspiring young girl sees it as more than a lot of fun, she sees it as her ticket to the big time.

Inventive Kids:
Three Aussie kids will be heading to NASA in the US after being named the winners of a national competition for young inventors. We'll meet these resourceful young people and find out what amazing ideas they came up with.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -

Science / 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

Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Questioning and predicting:
With guidance, pose clarifying questions and make predictions about scientific investigations Years 5 & 6

Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Evaluating:
Reflect on and suggest improvements to scientific investigations Years 5 & 6

Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science:
Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations Year 7  

People use science understanding and skills in their occupations and these have influenced the development of practices in areas of human activity Year 7

Behind the News: New President/Air Pollution//Part 1 - Rural RefugeesPart 2 - Refugee AFL Program/Inventive Kids

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:29
New President: In a result most didn't predict, Americans have elected businessman and former reality star Donald Trump as the 45th President of the country. We'll introduce you to the next leader of the free world and let you know his plans for the future. Air Pollution: Imagine if your school had to close because the air outside was too polluted to breathe. That's what happened in India's capital New Delhi recently. Students and teachers there petitioned government to do something about it. But they aren't the only kids in the world struggling to breathe safely. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / 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 Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment Year 6 Geography / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Place and liveability: The influence of environmental quality on the liveability of places Year 7 Two part BtN Special feature - Refugees in Australia: Part 1 - Rural Refugees: In some rural areas, communities are shrinking as residents gradually move to the city. But recently, the people of Mingoola decided to do something about it. They hatched a plan by encourage refugee families to move there. And now, they say the move has revitalised the town. Part 2 - Refugee AFL Program: A new AFL coaching program has been created to help young refugees to feel more connected to their community. It's already been hailed a success by AFL representatives and community leaders. But one inspiring young girl sees it as more than a lot of fun, she sees it as her ticket to the big time. Inventive Kids: Three Aussie kids will be heading to NASA in the US after being named the winners of a national competition for young inventors. We'll meet these resourceful young people and find out what amazing ideas they came up with. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / 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 Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Questioning and predicting: With guidance, pose clarifying questions and make predictions about scientific investigations Years 5 & 6 Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Evaluating: Reflect on and suggest improvements to scientific investigations Years 5 & 6 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations Year 7 People use science understanding and skills in their occupations and these have influenced the development of practices in areas of human activity Year 7
Australia & the US:
Next week, much of Australia will be talking about the results of the United States' Presidential election. But why do we care what happens there? Well the US and Australia have long had a close relationship. We find out why next week.

Antarctic Marine Park:
Many countries around the world teamed up recently to protect one and a half million square kilometres of the Ross Sea, near Antarctica. The area is described as one of the most pristine on earth and protecting it means fishing, mining and other activities will be banned there. We find out why that's so important for this chilly part of the ocean.

Remembrance Day Research:
Next Friday, at the 11th hour of the 11th day in November, Australians will pause to remember those that have fallen during war for Remembrance Day. As part of last year's commemorations, some school kids in Adelaide decided to investigate the important role their neighbourhood played during World War I. We'll tell you what they discovered next week.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -

History / Knowledge and Understanding:
Days and weeks celebrated or commemorated in Australia (including Australia Day, Anzac Day, and National Sorry Day) and the importance of symbols and emblems Year 3

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching:
Sequence information about people's lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelines Years 5 & 6

Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary and secondary sources Years 5 & 6

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning:
Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 & 6

Yarloop School:
Imagine having to move your entire school to a new location about 18 kilometres away from your home. Then imagine finding out it'll have no playground or library. That's exactly what the students and teachers of Yarloop Primary School in Western Australia had to go through after a massive fire tore through their town. But nearly a year on, they've not been told if or when they'll be able to return. We check in to find out why they miss their old school so much and what they're doing to try to get back there.

Young Explorer:
A teenager from Melbourne was recently named Australia's Young Adventurer of the Year. Jade Hameister earned the title by trekking 150kms to the North Pole. And now, she's already training for her next big adventure.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning:
Pose questions to investigate people, events, places and issues Year 4

Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges  Years 5 & 6

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching:
Sequence information about people's lives and events Year 4

Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sources Years 5 & 6

History / Knowledge and Understanding:
The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation Year 6

Science / 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

Behind the News: Australia and the US/Antarctic Marine Park//Remembrance Day Research/Yarloop School/Young Explorer

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:29
Australia & the US: Next week, much of Australia will be talking about the results of the United States' Presidential election. But why do we care what happens there? Well the US and Australia have long had a close relationship. We find out why next week. Antarctic Marine Park: Many countries around the world teamed up recently to protect one and a half million square kilometres of the Ross Sea, near Antarctica. The area is described as one of the most pristine on earth and protecting it means fishing, mining and other activities will be banned there. We find out why that's so important for this chilly part of the ocean. Remembrance Day Research: Next Friday, at the 11th hour of the 11th day in November, Australians will pause to remember those that have fallen during war for Remembrance Day. As part of last year's commemorations, some school kids in Adelaide decided to investigate the important role their neighbourhood played during World War I. We'll tell you what they discovered next week. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - History / Knowledge and Understanding: Days and weeks celebrated or commemorated in Australia (including Australia Day, Anzac Day, and National Sorry Day) and the importance of symbols and emblems Year 3 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching: Sequence information about people's lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelines Years 5 & 6 Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary and secondary sources Years 5 & 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 & 6 Yarloop School: Imagine having to move your entire school to a new location about 18 kilometres away from your home. Then imagine finding out it'll have no playground or library. That's exactly what the students and teachers of Yarloop Primary School in Western Australia had to go through after a massive fire tore through their town. But nearly a year on, they've not been told if or when they'll be able to return. We check in to find out why they miss their old school so much and what they're doing to try to get back there. Young Explorer: A teenager from Melbourne was recently named Australia's Young Adventurer of the Year. Jade Hameister earned the title by trekking 150kms to the North Pole. And now, she's already training for her next big adventure. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Pose questions to investigate people, events, places and issues Year 4 Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 & 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching: Sequence information about people's lives and events Year 4 Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sources Years 5 & 6 History / Knowledge and Understanding: The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation Year 6 Science / 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
Iraq Battle:
The ongoing battle for one city in Iraq has captured attention around the world. The city is Mosul and while most countries aren't directly involved in the fighting there, they are interested in the result. That's because the city is currently being held by extremist group Islamic State. We take a closer look at the situation there and meet some of the kids stuck in the middle of it.

Shark Nets:
Should Australia's eastern beaches be protected by shark nets? That the controversial issue being debated right now after some recent shark attacks in the area. Some say people should be kept safe no matter what, others say we need to consider the welfare of sea life first. We look at both sides of the argument before letting kids have a say.
 
TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas

Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences:
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 the physical conditions of their environment Year 6 

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 6

Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Year 6

English / Literacy / Interacting with others:
Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions Year 6

Nuclear Friendship:
It's not often a classroom lesson strengthens the relationship between two countries. But that's exactly what happened when the kids of Yalata in regional South Australia had a teacher from Japan visit to tell them about the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki. After hearing about the experience, those kids shared what they learnt with their elders, the traditional owners of Maralinga.And together, they decided to create a statue for Nagasaki to express their understanding and support.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas

English / Literacy / Creating texts:
Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts containing key information and supporting details for a widening range of audiences, demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features Year 4

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 Year 5

Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience Year 6

Visual Arts:
Explore ideas and artworks from different cultures and times, including artwork by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to use as inspiration for their own representations Years 3 & 4

Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity:
The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens  Year 6
 
Mozzie Season:
A particularly wet winter in many parts of Australia has experts warning that a bad mosquito season is unfortunately heading our way. We find out why these tiny pests enjoy biting us so much and what can be done to stop them.

Kid Cuts:
Would you trust a kid with only a few hours experience to cut your hair? Well some adults did recently, when they signed up for free haircuts in Melbourne. We find out how the young amateur hairdressers found the experience.

Behind the News: Iraq Battle/Shark Nets/Nuclear Friendship/Mozzie Season/Kid Cuts

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:37
Iraq Battle: The ongoing battle for one city in Iraq has captured attention around the world. The city is Mosul and while most countries aren't directly involved in the fighting there, they are interested in the result. That's because the city is currently being held by extremist group Islamic State. We take a closer look at the situation there and meet some of the kids stuck in the middle of it. Shark Nets: Should Australia's eastern beaches be protected by shark nets? That the controversial issue being debated right now after some recent shark attacks in the area. Some say people should be kept safe no matter what, others say we need to consider the welfare of sea life first. We look at both sides of the argument before letting kids have a say. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: 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 the physical conditions of their environment Year 6 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 6 Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Year 6 English / Literacy / Interacting with others: Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions Year 6 Nuclear Friendship: It's not often a classroom lesson strengthens the relationship between two countries. But that's exactly what happened when the kids of Yalata in regional South Australia had a teacher from Japan visit to tell them about the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki. After hearing about the experience, those kids shared what they learnt with their elders, the traditional owners of Maralinga.And together, they decided to create a statue for Nagasaki to express their understanding and support. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas English / Literacy / Creating texts: Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts containing key information and supporting details for a widening range of audiences, demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features Year 4 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 Year 5 Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience Year 6 Visual Arts: Explore ideas and artworks from different cultures and times, including artwork by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to use as inspiration for their own representations Years 3 & 4 Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity: The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens Year 6 Mozzie Season: A particularly wet winter in many parts of Australia has experts warning that a bad mosquito season is unfortunately heading our way. We find out why these tiny pests enjoy biting us so much and what can be done to stop them. Kid Cuts: Would you trust a kid with only a few hours experience to cut your hair? Well some adults did recently, when they signed up for free haircuts in Melbourne. We find out how the young amateur hairdressers found the experience.
Nauru Kids:
Last term on Behind the News, we launched the BTN Welcome Book, a project that invited you to draw a picture welcoming all refugee and migrant kids that come to Australia to live.

But not all refugees that want to come to Australia are accepted. Instead, some are now settled on a small island nation called Nauru.

We meet two of the young refugees who live there to find out what 

Heritage Hydro Scheme:
It's been announced that the Snowy Mountains Hydro Scheme will be heritage listed.

It's one of the most complex water-powered electricity generators in the world and is made up of 225 kilometres of tunnels, pipelines and aqueducts.

We find out more about this massive project and discover why it was so important to the development of Australia.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED:
Learning Areas -

History / Knowledge and Understanding:
The reasons people migrated to Australia and the experiences and contributions of a particular migrant group within a colony Year 5

The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation Year 6
 
Stories of groups of people who migrated to Australia since Federation (including from ONE country of the Asia region) and reasons they migrated Year 6
 
Geography / Knowledge and Understanding/ Unit 1: Water in the world:
The way that flows of water connect places as they move through the environment and the way these affect places Year 7

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning:
Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges  Years 5 & 6
 
HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching:
Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sources Years 5 & 6

Animal Attractions:
When overseas on holiday, many families visit an animal exhibit to see some local wildlife.

But tourism company Trip Advisor now says it's going to stop selling tickets to or promoting many of these experiences that it believes are cruel to the animals involved.

That includes many attractions popular with families, like elephant rides and tiger selfies.

Aboriginal Astronomy:
Scientists think they may have found the world's oldest planetarium right here in Australia.

The sacred Aboriginal site is believed to be made by the Wathaurung people to map the position of the sun, moon and stars in the sky.

We find out how it worked and why it was created.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED:
Learning Areas -

Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and Development of Science:
Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships  Year 3

Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 7

Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences:
Predictable phenomena on Earth, including seasons and eclipses, are caused by the relative positions of the sun, Earth and the moon Year 7  

Jousting:
Can you imagine if it was your job to put on 30 kilograms of armour and charge towards opponents on horseback?

That's the medieval sport of jousting and there is one man in Australia that lists it as his occupation.

We check in with him to find out what it takes to become a champion in this ancient sport.

Behind the News: Nauru Kids/Heritage Hydro Scheme/Animal Attractions/Aboriginal Astronomy/Jousting

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:28
Nauru Kids: Last term on Behind the News, we launched the BTN Welcome Book, a project that invited you to draw a picture welcoming all refugee and migrant kids that come to Australia to live. But not all refugees that want to come to Australia are accepted. Instead, some are now settled on a small island nation called Nauru. We meet two of the young refugees who live there to find out what Heritage Hydro Scheme: It's been announced that the Snowy Mountains Hydro Scheme will be heritage listed. It's one of the most complex water-powered electricity generators in the world and is made up of 225 kilometres of tunnels, pipelines and aqueducts. We find out more about this massive project and discover why it was so important to the development of Australia. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED: Learning Areas - History / Knowledge and Understanding: The reasons people migrated to Australia and the experiences and contributions of a particular migrant group within a colony Year 5 The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation Year 6 Stories of groups of people who migrated to Australia since Federation (including from ONE country of the Asia region) and reasons they migrated Year 6 Geography / Knowledge and Understanding/ Unit 1: Water in the world: The way that flows of water connect places as they move through the environment and the way these affect places Year 7 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 & 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching: Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sources Years 5 & 6 Animal Attractions: When overseas on holiday, many families visit an animal exhibit to see some local wildlife. But tourism company Trip Advisor now says it's going to stop selling tickets to or promoting many of these experiences that it believes are cruel to the animals involved. That includes many attractions popular with families, like elephant rides and tiger selfies. Aboriginal Astronomy: Scientists think they may have found the world's oldest planetarium right here in Australia. The sacred Aboriginal site is believed to be made by the Wathaurung people to map the position of the sun, moon and stars in the sky. We find out how it worked and why it was created. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED: Learning Areas - Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and Development of Science: Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships Year 3 Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 7 Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences: Predictable phenomena on Earth, including seasons and eclipses, are caused by the relative positions of the sun, Earth and the moon Year 7 Jousting: Can you imagine if it was your job to put on 30 kilograms of armour and charge towards opponents on horseback? That's the medieval sport of jousting and there is one man in Australia that lists it as his occupation. We check in with him to find out what it takes to become a champion in this ancient sport.
Haiti Disaster:
Recently the country of Haiti was hit by a massive hurricane called Matthew.

The storm caused widespread damage and killed more than one thousand people.

As the recovery effort gets underway, we check in on kids there and find out what aid is needed most.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED:
Learning Areas - 

Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences:
Sudden geological changes and extreme weather events can affect Earth's surface Year 6

Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science:
Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Year 6

Geography / Knowledge and Understanding:
Differences in the economic, demographic and social characteristics of countries across the world Year 6

Australia's connections with other countries and how these change people and places Year 6

Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity:
The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens Year 6

Children's Week:
National Children's Week is coming up and this year's focus is on Article 17 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The article states that children "have the right to reliable information from the media. Mass media such as television, radio and newspapers should provide information that children can understand and should not promote materials that could harm children."

We take a closer look at why that's so important.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED:
Learning Areas -

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

Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity:
The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens  Year 6
 
How values, including freedom, respect, inclusion, civility, responsibility, compassion, equality and a 'fair go', can promote cohesion within Australian society  Year 7

Elephant Poaching:
Over the school holidays, a big international conference was held to try to better protect endangered species around the world.

Elephants were high on the agenda because they are hunted for their ivory tusks.

Unfortunately, attendees left the conference without being able to agree on the best course of action.

So we decided to take a look at some of the ways rangers are already fighting back.

Future Lifespan:
How long do you expect to live? 100? 200? Even 300?

Well scientists say that despite our rapidly improving medical technology, humans may not be able to live past 115 on average.

We find out why it's our bodies that hold us back from immortality.

#BootsOff:
This week the new women's AFL competition held their inaugural draft.

But on the same day, a campaign was launched to demand that the players selected be paid more for their efforts.

The AFL has offered a minimum of $5000 a season. But many people say it should be much more.

We look at both sides of this debate.

Behind the News: Haiti Disaster/Children's Week/Elephant Poaching/Future Lifespan/#BootsOff

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:29
Haiti Disaster: Recently the country of Haiti was hit by a massive hurricane called Matthew. The storm caused widespread damage and killed more than one thousand people. As the recovery effort gets underway, we check in on kids there and find out what aid is needed most. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED: Learning Areas - Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences: Sudden geological changes and extreme weather events can affect Earth's surface Year 6 Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Year 6 Geography / Knowledge and Understanding: Differences in the economic, demographic and social characteristics of countries across the world Year 6 Australia's connections with other countries and how these change people and places Year 6 Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity: The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens Year 6 Children's Week: National Children's Week is coming up and this year's focus is on Article 17 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The article states that children "have the right to reliable information from the media. Mass media such as television, radio and newspapers should provide information that children can understand and should not promote materials that could harm children." We take a closer look at why that's so important. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED: Learning Areas - 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 Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity: The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens Year 6 How values, including freedom, respect, inclusion, civility, responsibility, compassion, equality and a 'fair go', can promote cohesion within Australian society Year 7 Elephant Poaching: Over the school holidays, a big international conference was held to try to better protect endangered species around the world. Elephants were high on the agenda because they are hunted for their ivory tusks. Unfortunately, attendees left the conference without being able to agree on the best course of action. So we decided to take a look at some of the ways rangers are already fighting back. Future Lifespan: How long do you expect to live? 100? 200? Even 300? Well scientists say that despite our rapidly improving medical technology, humans may not be able to live past 115 on average. We find out why it's our bodies that hold us back from immortality. #BootsOff: This week the new women's AFL competition held their inaugural draft. But on the same day, a campaign was launched to demand that the players selected be paid more for their efforts. The AFL has offered a minimum of $5000 a season. But many people say it should be much more. We look at both sides of this debate.
NORTH KOREA TESTS:
Concerns are growing about the threat posed by North Korea, after the rogue nation conducted its biggest nuclear weapons test yet.

We take a closer look at this development and find out why some of the world's most powerful countries are now calling for action.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED:
Learning Areas -

Geography / Knowledge and Understanding:
The geographical diversity of the Asia region and the location of its major countries in relation to Australia Year 6 
 
Differences in the economic, demographic and social characteristics of countries across the world Year 6
 
HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning:
Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 & 6
 
HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching:
Sequence information about people's lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelines Years 5 & 6
 
UNIFORM PURCHASE:
The Australian Defence Force has announced that its new dress uniforms will be made in China.

The decision has angered some people, who say the uniforms should be made here in Australia.

We take a look at the pros and cons of buying locally.

HAY FEVER SEASON:
Across much of Australia it's been an unusually wet winter.

And experts say that will likely lead to the worst spring hay fever season seen for many years.

We find out what that'll mean for those who suffer from it.

CEREBRAL PALSY DAY:
During the upcoming school holidays World Cerebral Palsy Day will be held.

It's a disorder that affects many different kids in many different ways.

Max is one of them.

But with some help from his very supportive class, Max is finding new ways of communicating with the world.

SEA PERCH COMPETITION:
Last year, we brought you the story of a group of Aussie kids who had created and started racing underwater robots called Sea Perches.

In the year since, they've refined their designs and travelled to America to pit themselves against the world's best.

Flynn and Heath took BtN along for the ride - tune in next week to find out how they went.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -

Digital Technologies Processes and Productions Skills:
Define simple problems, and describe and follow a sequence of steps and decisions (algorithms) needed to solve them Years 3 & 4

Design, modify and follow simple algorithms involving sequences of steps, branching, and iteration (repetition) Years 5 & 6

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

Behind the News: North Korea Tests/Uniform Purchase//Hay Fever Season/Cerebral Palsy Day/Sea Perch Competition

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:29
NORTH KOREA TESTS: Concerns are growing about the threat posed by North Korea, after the rogue nation conducted its biggest nuclear weapons test yet. We take a closer look at this development and find out why some of the world's most powerful countries are now calling for action. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED: Learning Areas - Geography / Knowledge and Understanding: The geographical diversity of the Asia region and the location of its major countries in relation to Australia Year 6 Differences in the economic, demographic and social characteristics of countries across the world Year 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 & 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching: Sequence information about people's lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelines Years 5 & 6 UNIFORM PURCHASE: The Australian Defence Force has announced that its new dress uniforms will be made in China. The decision has angered some people, who say the uniforms should be made here in Australia. We take a look at the pros and cons of buying locally. HAY FEVER SEASON: Across much of Australia it's been an unusually wet winter. And experts say that will likely lead to the worst spring hay fever season seen for many years. We find out what that'll mean for those who suffer from it. CEREBRAL PALSY DAY: During the upcoming school holidays World Cerebral Palsy Day will be held. It's a disorder that affects many different kids in many different ways. Max is one of them. But with some help from his very supportive class, Max is finding new ways of communicating with the world. SEA PERCH COMPETITION: Last year, we brought you the story of a group of Aussie kids who had created and started racing underwater robots called Sea Perches. In the year since, they've refined their designs and travelled to America to pit themselves against the world's best. Flynn and Heath took BtN along for the ride - tune in next week to find out how they went. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Digital Technologies Processes and Productions Skills: Define simple problems, and describe and follow a sequence of steps and decisions (algorithms) needed to solve them Years 3 & 4 Design, modify and follow simple algorithms involving sequences of steps, branching, and iteration (repetition) Years 5 & 6 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
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