Series: Behind the News

Gun Control Debate
The gun debate is big news again in the US after two deadly shootings in early August. The US has the highest rate of gun ownership in the world and the right to bear arms is guaranteed in its constitution. Some say that's contributing to gun violence and that the US should bring in tighter controls on guns. We look at the debate in the US and the history of gun control here in Australia.

Supermarket Collectable Controversy
Supermarket chains Coles and Woolworths recently started new collectable campaigns and many kids around Australia are searching for the ultimate Ooshie or Little Shop toy. But not everyone is a fan of the promotions. We meet some young people who say the toys are giving kids the wrong message about plastic pollution.

Science Lessons
This week is Science Week and the theme is Destination Moon, to coincide with last month's 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. It got us thinking about all the other scientific breakthroughs that've been made since 1969 and the things kids were taught at school back then that are no longer true. We look at some of the big science lessons we've learned since 1969 and how they've changed the world.

Braille Books
A school for kids who are blind or vision impaired in Adelaide was frustrated with the lack of braille books for students, so it's started making its own! Volunteers help to emboss the books and add tactile pictures. We meet some of the students who are enjoying the books and find out more about braille.

Koala Carer
We meet a young Aussie who spends her spare time caring for her favourite animal - koalas! Libby is worried that the iconic native animals are at risk of disappearing and she didn't want to wait until she was older to do something about it.

Behind the News: August 17, 2019

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:29
Gun Control Debate The gun debate is big news again in the US after two deadly shootings in early August. The US has the highest rate of gun ownership in the world and the right to bear arms is guaranteed in its constitution. Some say that's contributing to gun violence and that the US should bring in tighter controls on guns. We look at the debate in the US and the history of gun control here in Australia. Supermarket Collectable Controversy Supermarket chains Coles and Woolworths recently started new collectable campaigns and many kids around Australia are searching for the ultimate Ooshie or Little Shop toy. But not everyone is a fan of the promotions. We meet some young people who say the toys are giving kids the wrong message about plastic pollution. Science Lessons This week is Science Week and the theme is Destination Moon, to coincide with last month's 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. It got us thinking about all the other scientific breakthroughs that've been made since 1969 and the things kids were taught at school back then that are no longer true. We look at some of the big science lessons we've learned since 1969 and how they've changed the world. Braille Books A school for kids who are blind or vision impaired in Adelaide was frustrated with the lack of braille books for students, so it's started making its own! Volunteers help to emboss the books and add tactile pictures. We meet some of the students who are enjoying the books and find out more about braille. Koala Carer We meet a young Aussie who spends her spare time caring for her favourite animal - koalas! Libby is worried that the iconic native animals are at risk of disappearing and she didn't want to wait until she was older to do something about it.
Garma Festival 2019
Last weekend thousands of Aussies headed to North East Arnhem Land for the Garma festival. It's an annual celebration of Yolngu and other Indigenous cultures and an important forum for talking about the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. As usual, there were plenty of young Australians at Garma and we asked some of them to show us around and tell us why the festival is important to them.

Constitutional Recognition
At this year's Garma Festival there was a lot of talk about constitutional recognition. For a long time, many Indigenous and non-Indigenous Aussies have been calling for some changes to the constitution and now the prime minister has promised it'll soon be taken to a vote. We find out more about what constitutional recognition means and how it could be achieved. 

Sports Supplements Warning
Last week some experts warned athletes about the risk of sports supplements after swimmer Shayna Jack tested positive to a banned substance. She says she doesn't know how a banned drug got into her system, but she suggested it might have been a contaminated batch of supplement. We look at why sports people take supplements, how they're different to banned drugs and why they can be risky.

Fatbergs
This week Olivia takes a closer look at what we flush down the loo! While that might seem obvious (and unpleasant) the organisation in charge of South Australia's sewerage system says a lot of people aren't getting the message. It says things like "flushable" wipes (which aren't actually flushable!) are creating big, gross blockages known as "fatbergs" in sewerage pipes. It's even released a jingle to remind people of what should and shouldn't go down the toilet.

Radiated Tortoises
We go to the zoo to meet some very cute tortoises which had a lucky escape from poachers. Their species is targeted by animal traffickers who sell them for their shells, their meat or as pets. We find out more about animal trafficking and what's being done to stop it.

Behind the News: August 6, 2019

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:39
Garma Festival 2019 Last weekend thousands of Aussies headed to North East Arnhem Land for the Garma festival. It's an annual celebration of Yolngu and other Indigenous cultures and an important forum for talking about the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. As usual, there were plenty of young Australians at Garma and we asked some of them to show us around and tell us why the festival is important to them. Constitutional Recognition At this year's Garma Festival there was a lot of talk about constitutional recognition. For a long time, many Indigenous and non-Indigenous Aussies have been calling for some changes to the constitution and now the prime minister has promised it'll soon be taken to a vote. We find out more about what constitutional recognition means and how it could be achieved. Sports Supplements Warning Last week some experts warned athletes about the risk of sports supplements after swimmer Shayna Jack tested positive to a banned substance. She says she doesn't know how a banned drug got into her system, but she suggested it might have been a contaminated batch of supplement. We look at why sports people take supplements, how they're different to banned drugs and why they can be risky. Fatbergs This week Olivia takes a closer look at what we flush down the loo! While that might seem obvious (and unpleasant) the organisation in charge of South Australia's sewerage system says a lot of people aren't getting the message. It says things like "flushable" wipes (which aren't actually flushable!) are creating big, gross blockages known as "fatbergs" in sewerage pipes. It's even released a jingle to remind people of what should and shouldn't go down the toilet. Radiated Tortoises We go to the zoo to meet some very cute tortoises which had a lucky escape from poachers. Their species is targeted by animal traffickers who sell them for their shells, their meat or as pets. We find out more about animal trafficking and what's being done to stop it.
UK Prime Minister
Last week people all around the world were talking about the UK's new PM. His name is Boris Johnson and while he's been in politics for a long time he's known as an unconventional leader with a big personality and an unusual hairdo! We find out more about who Boris Johnson is and why his leadership could have a big impact on the UK and other countries.

FaceApp and Privacy
You might have seen a lot of pictures passed around recently of your friends or celebrities looking much older than they are. They come from a popular app called FaceApp which lets users change their appearance. But it's caused controversy because of terms and conditions which allow FaceApp to store and sell your photos. We find out more about data collection, why companies do it and how you can protect your privacy online.

Uluru Tourists
One of Australia's most famous natural wonders has been busier than usual lately. Heaps of tourists have been travelling to Uluru, with many hoping to climb the famous rock before a ban comes in in October.  Some locals say it's led to an increase in rubbish and illegal camping in the area. We look at what's been happening and why the climbing ban has been put in place.

MS Readathon
This month primary school kids across Australia will be sticking their noses in as many books as possible for the MS Readathon. They'll be raising money to help people who live with a condition called multiple sclerosis or MS. We meet some kids who'll be doing the readathon and find out why it means a lot to them.

Girls Rock
We meet some kids who've spent part of their school holidays learning how to be rock stars! They took part in a program called Girls Rock which is designed to show kids that music is for everyone.

Behind the News: July 30, 2019

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:31
UK Prime Minister Last week people all around the world were talking about the UK's new PM. His name is Boris Johnson and while he's been in politics for a long time he's known as an unconventional leader with a big personality and an unusual hairdo! We find out more about who Boris Johnson is and why his leadership could have a big impact on the UK and other countries. FaceApp and Privacy You might have seen a lot of pictures passed around recently of your friends or celebrities looking much older than they are. They come from a popular app called FaceApp which lets users change their appearance. But it's caused controversy because of terms and conditions which allow FaceApp to store and sell your photos. We find out more about data collection, why companies do it and how you can protect your privacy online. Uluru Tourists One of Australia's most famous natural wonders has been busier than usual lately. Heaps of tourists have been travelling to Uluru, with many hoping to climb the famous rock before a ban comes in in October. Some locals say it's led to an increase in rubbish and illegal camping in the area. We look at what's been happening and why the climbing ban has been put in place. MS Readathon This month primary school kids across Australia will be sticking their noses in as many books as possible for the MS Readathon. They'll be raising money to help people who live with a condition called multiple sclerosis or MS. We meet some kids who'll be doing the readathon and find out why it means a lot to them. Girls Rock We meet some kids who've spent part of their school holidays learning how to be rock stars! They took part in a program called Girls Rock which is designed to show kids that music is for everyone.
Press Freedom
Recently there's been a lot of talk in the media about the media! Earlier this month the house of a News Corp journalist and the offices of the ABC were raided by the Australia Federal Police. They were investigating possible crimes that they said were committed when people gave secret information to journalists. But some say the raids are a bad thing for freedom of the press. We look at what press freedom is, why it's important and why its sometimes controversial.

Aboriginal Flag Debate
Last week there was some debate about the Aboriginal flag and who should be able to use it. It came after the AFL and several companies were asked to stop selling clothing with the flag on it. We look at the history of the flag and who has the right to sell its image and why. 

Refugee Week
Thursday is World Refugee Day, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the millions of people who have to leave their homes because of war, persecution or disaster. We find out more about what it means to be a refugee and meet a family who came to Australia as refugees.

Gender and Sport
A female footy player in South Australia has been given a six-week ban after she filled in a local men's team. It got many asking whether women should be allowed to compete alongside men in Aussie Rules and other games.

Bigfoot
Last week there was big news about ... Bigfoot! For decades there have been stories about the famous hairy creature, and some swear they've seen it roaming around forests in the US. But last week Bigfoot was dealt a big blow when the FBI released new information about its own hunt for Sasquatch. We find out more about Bigfoot and some other mythical creatures around the world.

Behind the News: June 18, 2019

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:38
Press Freedom Recently there's been a lot of talk in the media about the media! Earlier this month the house of a News Corp journalist and the offices of the ABC were raided by the Australia Federal Police. They were investigating possible crimes that they said were committed when people gave secret information to journalists. But some say the raids are a bad thing for freedom of the press. We look at what press freedom is, why it's important and why its sometimes controversial. Aboriginal Flag Debate Last week there was some debate about the Aboriginal flag and who should be able to use it. It came after the AFL and several companies were asked to stop selling clothing with the flag on it. We look at the history of the flag and who has the right to sell its image and why. Refugee Week Thursday is World Refugee Day, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the millions of people who have to leave their homes because of war, persecution or disaster. We find out more about what it means to be a refugee and meet a family who came to Australia as refugees. Gender and Sport A female footy player in South Australia has been given a six-week ban after she filled in a local men's team. It got many asking whether women should be allowed to compete alongside men in Aussie Rules and other games. Bigfoot Last week there was big news about ... Bigfoot! For decades there have been stories about the famous hairy creature, and some swear they've seen it roaming around forests in the US. But last week Bigfoot was dealt a big blow when the FBI released new information about its own hunt for Sasquatch. We find out more about Bigfoot and some other mythical creatures around the world.
Interest Rates
Last week Australia's interest rates were brought to an all-time low by the Reserve Bank. While that might not sound that interesting, it's something that could affect all of Australia. We find out why interest rates are so important and why the Reserve Bank thinks carefully before changing them.

Tiananmen Square Anniversary
Last week people around the world have marked the anniversary of a tragic event that happened in China 30 years ago. It's known as the Tiananmen Square massacre. But while it's famous in many countries, like Australia, the events of June 4, 1989, aren't talked about much by people in China. We find out more about what happened in Tiananmen Square and how it's remembered by Chinese people.

Meditation
We find out about a plan to make school a little more relaxing! In the last budget the government put money towards a program that teaches kids mindfulness and meditation. It's an ancient practice that, according to some experts, can have a big effect on your mental health.

Camel Cuddles
As far as pets go, camels might seem an unusual choice, but one family in Ipswich says their domestic dromedary is a great companion. They're encouraging other Aussies to adopt camels as a way of fighting Australia's feral pest problem. We find out more about Australia's wild camels and whether they could find a place in farmer's paddocks.

Icy Adventure
We meet two brothers, Monty and Ziggy, who have just come back from an epic overseas challenge. They set out to cross-country ski across the Arctic, even though they'd never skied before!

Behind the News: June 11, 2019

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:29
Interest Rates Last week Australia's interest rates were brought to an all-time low by the Reserve Bank. While that might not sound that interesting, it's something that could affect all of Australia. We find out why interest rates are so important and why the Reserve Bank thinks carefully before changing them. Tiananmen Square Anniversary Last week people around the world have marked the anniversary of a tragic event that happened in China 30 years ago. It's known as the Tiananmen Square massacre. But while it's famous in many countries, like Australia, the events of June 4, 1989, aren't talked about much by people in China. We find out more about what happened in Tiananmen Square and how it's remembered by Chinese people. Meditation We find out about a plan to make school a little more relaxing! In the last budget the government put money towards a program that teaches kids mindfulness and meditation. It's an ancient practice that, according to some experts, can have a big effect on your mental health. Camel Cuddles As far as pets go, camels might seem an unusual choice, but one family in Ipswich says their domestic dromedary is a great companion. They're encouraging other Aussies to adopt camels as a way of fighting Australia's feral pest problem. We find out more about Australia's wild camels and whether they could find a place in farmer's paddocks. Icy Adventure We meet two brothers, Monty and Ziggy, who have just come back from an epic overseas challenge. They set out to cross-country ski across the Arctic, even though they'd never skied before!
Adani Update
Adani is a word that you would have heard a lot if you've been listening to the news lately. It was a big issue during the recent election campaign and it's still causing a lot of debate. So what is it? We find out more about Adani, its plans for the Carmichael coal mine, and why it's been causing a lot of debate for a long time.

Everest Debate
For many, climbing the world's highest mountain is the ultimate achievement, but are too many taking on the peak? That's the question many are asking after a horror start to the climbing season. 11 people have died on Everest this year and last week an Australian man was rescued on its slopes. We find out why the mountain is so dangerous and why climbing it has become controversial.

Place Names
Some significant landmarks in Hobart could soon get some new names. As an act of reconciliation, the city council is thinking of adopting names in the language of the area's traditional owners - Palawa Kani. We look at how places get their names and why cities and towns around Australia are adopting Aboriginal names.

Young Inventor
We meet Max, a 13-year-old who's just won an international award for his high-tech compost bin. It's not the only thing Max has invented. He shows us some of his creations and tells us why he loves to solve problems with STEM.

Eid Al-Fitr
Next week millions of Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid Al-Fitr. It's an important Islamic holiday and marks the end of Ramadan. As part of our series looking at major religious holidays, we meet some kids who tell us about their religion and how they'll be celebrating Eid.

Behind the News: June 4, 2019

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:30
Adani Update Adani is a word that you would have heard a lot if you've been listening to the news lately. It was a big issue during the recent election campaign and it's still causing a lot of debate. So what is it? We find out more about Adani, its plans for the Carmichael coal mine, and why it's been causing a lot of debate for a long time. Everest Debate For many, climbing the world's highest mountain is the ultimate achievement, but are too many taking on the peak? That's the question many are asking after a horror start to the climbing season. 11 people have died on Everest this year and last week an Australian man was rescued on its slopes. We find out why the mountain is so dangerous and why climbing it has become controversial. Place Names Some significant landmarks in Hobart could soon get some new names. As an act of reconciliation, the city council is thinking of adopting names in the language of the area's traditional owners - Palawa Kani. We look at how places get their names and why cities and towns around Australia are adopting Aboriginal names. Young Inventor We meet Max, a 13-year-old who's just won an international award for his high-tech compost bin. It's not the only thing Max has invented. He shows us some of his creations and tells us why he loves to solve problems with STEM. Eid Al-Fitr Next week millions of Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid Al-Fitr. It's an important Islamic holiday and marks the end of Ramadan. As part of our series looking at major religious holidays, we meet some kids who tell us about their religion and how they'll be celebrating Eid.
Opinion Polls
The recent federal election has many people asking big questions about opinion polls. They've been used for nearly 200 years to get an idea of how the public feels about their leaders but recently there've been some big votes around the world with very different results to what the opinion polls predicted. We look at how polls work and why they might be less accurate than they used to be.

Mabo Legacy
Next week is Reconciliation Week - a time to think about the shared history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-indigenous Australians. The week ends with Mabo Day on June 3, which celebrates the life and work of Eddie Mabo who fought to disprove terra nullius, the idea Australia was unoccupied before European colonisation. We look at the life and legacy of Mabo. 

Flu Season
As the weather gets cooler, medical experts are warning people to get vaccinated to avoid getting the flu. They say this season has already been a particularly bad one. We find out what the flu is and how vaccinations can help to protect us.

Underwater Research
Scientists have been exploring the deep water off the coast of Tasmania and examining the fascinating creatures that live there. But before they did, they went to a local school to teach students about the weird world of the deep.

Icy Adventure
We meet two brothers, Monty and Ziggy, who have just come back from an epic overseas challenge. They set out to cross-country ski across the arctic, even though they'd never skied before!

Behind the News: May 28, 2019

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:38
Opinion Polls The recent federal election has many people asking big questions about opinion polls. They've been used for nearly 200 years to get an idea of how the public feels about their leaders but recently there've been some big votes around the world with very different results to what the opinion polls predicted. We look at how polls work and why they might be less accurate than they used to be. Mabo Legacy Next week is Reconciliation Week - a time to think about the shared history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-indigenous Australians. The week ends with Mabo Day on June 3, which celebrates the life and work of Eddie Mabo who fought to disprove terra nullius, the idea Australia was unoccupied before European colonisation. We look at the life and legacy of Mabo. Flu Season As the weather gets cooler, medical experts are warning people to get vaccinated to avoid getting the flu. They say this season has already been a particularly bad one. We find out what the flu is and how vaccinations can help to protect us. Underwater Research Scientists have been exploring the deep water off the coast of Tasmania and examining the fascinating creatures that live there. But before they did, they went to a local school to teach students about the weird world of the deep. Icy Adventure We meet two brothers, Monty and Ziggy, who have just come back from an epic overseas challenge. They set out to cross-country ski across the arctic, even though they'd never skied before!
Extinction Report
A new report has been released with some bad news for the creatures we share the planet with. It says more than a million of the world's species are at risk of extinction. It says that's worse than at any other time in human history, and it's mostly our fault. We look at what's at risk, why it's happening and what can be done.

Ask Annabel Election Special (Part Three)
With the election just around the corner, political expert Annabel Crabb answers some more questions from kids about voting and the political process.

Royal Rule
There have been a few big stories in the news recently featuring royalty. In the UK there was a new royal baby, Japan got a new emperor and in Thailand the new king was coronated. We look a bit closer at the tradition of royalty and find out where royals still reign and why.

Instagram Likes
Instagram is trialling a big change that could eventually have a big impact on social media. It's going to hide the number of likes that photos and videos have. The idea is to stop the app being used to judge people's popularity, which can have a big effect on people's mental health. We look at how "likes" can affect young people and find out what kids think about the changes.

Sausage Sizzle history
We finish this week's show with a fun look at an Australian election tradition; the "democracy sausage". Sausage sizzles have been a part of elections in Australia for a long time and Jack explores their interesting history.

Behind the News: May 14, 2019

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:31
Extinction Report A new report has been released with some bad news for the creatures we share the planet with. It says more than a million of the world's species are at risk of extinction. It says that's worse than at any other time in human history, and it's mostly our fault. We look at what's at risk, why it's happening and what can be done. Ask Annabel Election Special (Part Three) With the election just around the corner, political expert Annabel Crabb answers some more questions from kids about voting and the political process. Royal Rule There have been a few big stories in the news recently featuring royalty. In the UK there was a new royal baby, Japan got a new emperor and in Thailand the new king was coronated. We look a bit closer at the tradition of royalty and find out where royals still reign and why. Instagram Likes Instagram is trialling a big change that could eventually have a big impact on social media. It's going to hide the number of likes that photos and videos have. The idea is to stop the app being used to judge people's popularity, which can have a big effect on people's mental health. We look at how "likes" can affect young people and find out what kids think about the changes. Sausage Sizzle history We finish this week's show with a fun look at an Australian election tradition; the "democracy sausage". Sausage sizzles have been a part of elections in Australia for a long time and Jack explores their interesting history.
Parliament Anniversary
May 9 is an important day in the history of Australian democracy. It's when Australia's first parliament was opened in Melbourne in 1901 and when Australia's old Parliament House opened in Canberra in 1927. With the federal election coming up Martin decided to travel back in time and look at the beginnings of Australia's government.

Ask Annabel Election Special (Part Two)
The second part of our election special featuring the ABC's election expert, Annabel Crabb, who's answered kids' questions about Aussie politics and how elections work.

Capital Move
One of Australia's closest neighbours could be about to get a new capital city! Indonesia's president has suggested that the government should thing about moving away from Jakarta because it's too busy, too polluted, and because it's sinking! Amelia finds out more about what's happening in Indonesia and why choosing capital cities can be a complicated business.

Jazz Festival
On Tuesday music lovers in Australia and around the world marked International Jazz Day. The celebrations are set to continue over the weekend as thousands of school kids take part in the Generations in Jazz Festival in Mount Gambier. Jack found out more about what jazz is, where it came from, and why it's still loved by people of all ages. 

Young Newshounds
We meet some students from Ararat in Victoria who are keeping their town informed with their own local news service.

Behind the News: May 7, 2019

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:31
Parliament Anniversary May 9 is an important day in the history of Australian democracy. It's when Australia's first parliament was opened in Melbourne in 1901 and when Australia's old Parliament House opened in Canberra in 1927. With the federal election coming up Martin decided to travel back in time and look at the beginnings of Australia's government. Ask Annabel Election Special (Part Two) The second part of our election special featuring the ABC's election expert, Annabel Crabb, who's answered kids' questions about Aussie politics and how elections work. Capital Move One of Australia's closest neighbours could be about to get a new capital city! Indonesia's president has suggested that the government should thing about moving away from Jakarta because it's too busy, too polluted, and because it's sinking! Amelia finds out more about what's happening in Indonesia and why choosing capital cities can be a complicated business. Jazz Festival On Tuesday music lovers in Australia and around the world marked International Jazz Day. The celebrations are set to continue over the weekend as thousands of school kids take part in the Generations in Jazz Festival in Mount Gambier. Jack found out more about what jazz is, where it came from, and why it's still loved by people of all ages. Young Newshounds We meet some students from Ararat in Victoria who are keeping their town informed with their own local news service.
Living Wage
Last week there was a lot of talk about wages after Labor announ	ced that, if it’s elected, it will raise the minimum wage and try to bring in a living wage. So, what is a minimum wage and what’s a living wage? And why is talk about raising it always controversial?

Trolling
Recently there’ve been a couple of big news stories involving Australian sports stars and online trolls. Both Carlton forward Tayla Harris, and West Coast player Liam Ryan have been the subject of abusive messages that many say come from trolls. So, what are trolls and what’s the best way to deal with them?

Gambling in Games
Last week the Victorian government launched a program designed to reduce the risk of kids being exposed to gambling through popular video games. It comes after a study showed that almost half of Australia’s top games have features that could be called gambling.

Exo-Planets
A team of international astronomers who are putting together an encyclopaedia of exo-planets has just announce that their list of alien worlds just tipped 4001! That’s exciting news, especially given that less than 30 years ago we didn’t know if there were any planets outside of our solar system. We take a look at what exo-planets are and why astronomers are so keen on tracking them down.

Lent
Right now, thousands of Christians in Australia are in the middle of an important religious festival. It’s called Lent and it usually involves fasting or giving something up for 40 days. We talk to some kids who are observing Lent to find out more about it and why it’s important to them.

Behind the News: April 2, 2019

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:30
Living Wage Last week there was a lot of talk about wages after Labor announ ced that, if it’s elected, it will raise the minimum wage and try to bring in a living wage. So, what is a minimum wage and what’s a living wage? And why is talk about raising it always controversial? Trolling Recently there’ve been a couple of big news stories involving Australian sports stars and online trolls. Both Carlton forward Tayla Harris, and West Coast player Liam Ryan have been the subject of abusive messages that many say come from trolls. So, what are trolls and what’s the best way to deal with them? Gambling in Games Last week the Victorian government launched a program designed to reduce the risk of kids being exposed to gambling through popular video games. It comes after a study showed that almost half of Australia’s top games have features that could be called gambling. Exo-Planets A team of international astronomers who are putting together an encyclopaedia of exo-planets has just announce that their list of alien worlds just tipped 4001! That’s exciting news, especially given that less than 30 years ago we didn’t know if there were any planets outside of our solar system. We take a look at what exo-planets are and why astronomers are so keen on tracking them down. Lent Right now, thousands of Christians in Australia are in the middle of an important religious festival. It’s called Lent and it usually involves fasting or giving something up for 40 days. We talk to some kids who are observing Lent to find out more about it and why it’s important to them.
Kashmir Conflict
In the past few weeks there’s been some tension between two big countries: India and Pakistan. There’s been some fighting in an area that sits between the two countries known as Kashmir. It’s not the first time Kashmir’s been at the centre of conflict. This week we look at the reasons behind the trouble in Kashmir and troubled relationship between India and Pakistan.

Plastic Ban
Hobart has become the first capital city in the nation to ban single-use plastics, including takeaway food containers and straws. It’s something many other cities and government are looking at doing to try to stop plastic pollution which, according to a new report, is set to double in the next decade. We look at the problem of plastic pollution and the debate over plastic bans.

TikTok Trouble
The popular social app TikTok is in big trouble. It's just been hit with a fine for not protecting the privacy of its younger users. While you’re supposed to be 13 to use it some TikTok fans were younger than that and now many have had their accounts deleted. We look at what happened, find out why social media has age restrictions, and ask kids what they think.

Antarctica Special (Part 1): Life in Antarctica
BTN reporter Emma Davis has been on a journey to one of the world’s most remote and amazing places: Antarctica! She’s been meeting the people that live and work there and finding out why the frozen continent is so important to science. She’s also been trying to find out the answers to kids’ questions about Antarctica and over the next few weeks she’ll be sharing what she found. This week we’ll find out what it to get to Antarctica and what it’s like to live on Australia’s Casey Station.

World’s Greatest Shave
This week thousands of Australians will be taking part in a fundraiser called the World’s Greatest Shave. They’ll be shaving or colouring their hair to raise money for research into leukemia, a type of blood cancer that affects many Australians. Amongst the participants is 12-year-old Jack, the son of ABC sports presenter Paul Kennedy. He’s going to tell us why he’s taking part and why leukemia research is so important.

Behind the News: March 12, 2019

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:30
Kashmir Conflict In the past few weeks there’s been some tension between two big countries: India and Pakistan. There’s been some fighting in an area that sits between the two countries known as Kashmir. It’s not the first time Kashmir’s been at the centre of conflict. This week we look at the reasons behind the trouble in Kashmir and troubled relationship between India and Pakistan. Plastic Ban Hobart has become the first capital city in the nation to ban single-use plastics, including takeaway food containers and straws. It’s something many other cities and government are looking at doing to try to stop plastic pollution which, according to a new report, is set to double in the next decade. We look at the problem of plastic pollution and the debate over plastic bans. TikTok Trouble The popular social app TikTok is in big trouble. It's just been hit with a fine for not protecting the privacy of its younger users. While you’re supposed to be 13 to use it some TikTok fans were younger than that and now many have had their accounts deleted. We look at what happened, find out why social media has age restrictions, and ask kids what they think. Antarctica Special (Part 1): Life in Antarctica BTN reporter Emma Davis has been on a journey to one of the world’s most remote and amazing places: Antarctica! She’s been meeting the people that live and work there and finding out why the frozen continent is so important to science. She’s also been trying to find out the answers to kids’ questions about Antarctica and over the next few weeks she’ll be sharing what she found. This week we’ll find out what it to get to Antarctica and what it’s like to live on Australia’s Casey Station. World’s Greatest Shave This week thousands of Australians will be taking part in a fundraiser called the World’s Greatest Shave. They’ll be shaving or colouring their hair to raise money for research into leukemia, a type of blood cancer that affects many Australians. Amongst the participants is 12-year-old Jack, the son of ABC sports presenter Paul Kennedy. He’s going to tell us why he’s taking part and why leukemia research is so important.
Phone Ban
Recently New South Wales became the first Aussie state to announce a ban on mobile phones in state primary schools. The government says it’s about keeping kids safe from online bullies and keeping them focused on their work, but not everyone agrees. Martin has a look at the mobile debate here in Australia and overseas and finds out what kids think about phones in schools.

Women in Politics
Next Friday is International Women’s Day, which is dedicated to celebrating women’s achievements and promoting gender equality around the world. To mark it, BTN is going to look back at the history of women in Australian politics - from the women who fought for the right to vote to our current female leaders and efforts to attract the next generation of women to politics.

Palm Oil
Zoos Victoria has announced it’s going to stop selling products that sell palm oil. It’s a type of oil that’s commonly used in many things, from chocolate to soap, but many conservationists say it’s having a big impact on orangutans, whose forest homes are often cut down for palm oil plantations. 

Rat Island
Imagine trying to rid a whole island of rat! That was the big job that a group of scientists set themselves when they travelled to a remote island in the Pacific Ocean called Reiono. Carl went along to find out about the project and learn why introduced pests are such a problem.

Breakdancing
There were a lot of excited break-dancers last week when it was announced that it will probably be included in the 2024 Olympics Games! Jack goes to meet some young break-dancers to find out more about what it is, where it comes from, and why it deserves to be seen as a serious sport.

Behind the News: March 5, 2019

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:30
Phone Ban Recently New South Wales became the first Aussie state to announce a ban on mobile phones in state primary schools. The government says it’s about keeping kids safe from online bullies and keeping them focused on their work, but not everyone agrees. Martin has a look at the mobile debate here in Australia and overseas and finds out what kids think about phones in schools. Women in Politics Next Friday is International Women’s Day, which is dedicated to celebrating women’s achievements and promoting gender equality around the world. To mark it, BTN is going to look back at the history of women in Australian politics - from the women who fought for the right to vote to our current female leaders and efforts to attract the next generation of women to politics. Palm Oil Zoos Victoria has announced it’s going to stop selling products that sell palm oil. It’s a type of oil that’s commonly used in many things, from chocolate to soap, but many conservationists say it’s having a big impact on orangutans, whose forest homes are often cut down for palm oil plantations. Rat Island Imagine trying to rid a whole island of rat! That was the big job that a group of scientists set themselves when they travelled to a remote island in the Pacific Ocean called Reiono. Carl went along to find out about the project and learn why introduced pests are such a problem. Breakdancing There were a lot of excited break-dancers last week when it was announced that it will probably be included in the 2024 Olympics Games! Jack goes to meet some young break-dancers to find out more about what it is, where it comes from, and why it deserves to be seen as a serious sport.
Cyber Attacks
There’s been a lot of talk about cyber safety in Australia after the computer networks of parliament and several political parties were broken into by overseas criminals. We look at what happened, what cybercrime is and what ordinary people can do to stay safe.

Sports Pay Gap
The heads of Australia’s biggest sporting organisations came together last week to release a plan which they reckon could be a world first. They want to work to reduce the pay gap between men and women in professional sport. We find out more about that pay gap and what’s being done to make sport fairer in Australia.

Oscars History
On Monday movie lovers around the world will be tuning in to Hollywood’s biggest night: the annual Academy Awards. We take a look back at the history of the awards and find out why they’re such a big deal, why they’re called the Oscars, and why they’re sometimes controversial.

Space Clean-up
Scientists and engineers have just taken a giant leap forward in the fight to clean up outer-space! A company from the UK has successfully tested a spacecraft designed to harpoon pieces of space junk so they can be pulled out of orbit. That’s really important because experts say space junk poses a serious and growing threat to humans in space and here on Earth.

Circus Abyssinia
Jack meets the young performers of Circus Abyssinia, Ethiopia’s first circus troupe. He finds out how the group got started and what it’s like to travel the world as a circus performer.

Behind the News: February 26, 2019

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:30
Cyber Attacks There’s been a lot of talk about cyber safety in Australia after the computer networks of parliament and several political parties were broken into by overseas criminals. We look at what happened, what cybercrime is and what ordinary people can do to stay safe. Sports Pay Gap The heads of Australia’s biggest sporting organisations came together last week to release a plan which they reckon could be a world first. They want to work to reduce the pay gap between men and women in professional sport. We find out more about that pay gap and what’s being done to make sport fairer in Australia. Oscars History On Monday movie lovers around the world will be tuning in to Hollywood’s biggest night: the annual Academy Awards. We take a look back at the history of the awards and find out why they’re such a big deal, why they’re called the Oscars, and why they’re sometimes controversial. Space Clean-up Scientists and engineers have just taken a giant leap forward in the fight to clean up outer-space! A company from the UK has successfully tested a spacecraft designed to harpoon pieces of space junk so they can be pulled out of orbit. That’s really important because experts say space junk poses a serious and growing threat to humans in space and here on Earth. Circus Abyssinia Jack meets the young performers of Circus Abyssinia, Ethiopia’s first circus troupe. He finds out how the group got started and what it’s like to travel the world as a circus performer.
Fires and floods
In the past few weeks people in different parts of Australia have been dealing with very different but very destructive natural disasters. In Tasmania bushfires have destroyed homes as well as huge areas of the native forest. Meanwhile Townsville is mopping up after major floods last week. Amelia had a look at these natural disasters and how they're affecting local kids.

Extreme Weather
Over the holidays we've heard a lot about extreme weather events, from the heatwaves that hit during Australia's hottest-ever January to a polar vortex which set temperatures plummeting in the US. Our new reporter, Martin, goes to find out more about the weather and whether we can expect more of this to come.

Murray-Darling warning
There are serious worries about the health of Australia's biggest river system - the Murray-Darling. Recently millions of fish died near the town of Menindee in NSW because of an outbreak of blue green algae caused by a lack of water flowing down the Darling. While the government blames the drought a new report from South Australia says more needs to be done to protect the rivers.

Storm girl
You might have seen the recent movie Storm Boy, about a kid that befriends a pelican. Well, this week we meet a real-life Storm Girl. 12-year-old rookie reporter Shalise tells us about her friendship with pelicans and the work that she's done to protect their homes.

Symphony school
Have you ever wondered what it takes to be part of an orchestra? A group of Australia's top young musicians have been finding out. During the holidays they took part in the Australian Youth Orchestra's National Music Camp, making music together and learning about how to make music a career.

Behind the News: February 12, 2019

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
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Fires and floods In the past few weeks people in different parts of Australia have been dealing with very different but very destructive natural disasters. In Tasmania bushfires have destroyed homes as well as huge areas of the native forest. Meanwhile Townsville is mopping up after major floods last week. Amelia had a look at these natural disasters and how they're affecting local kids. Extreme Weather Over the holidays we've heard a lot about extreme weather events, from the heatwaves that hit during Australia's hottest-ever January to a polar vortex which set temperatures plummeting in the US. Our new reporter, Martin, goes to find out more about the weather and whether we can expect more of this to come. Murray-Darling warning There are serious worries about the health of Australia's biggest river system - the Murray-Darling. Recently millions of fish died near the town of Menindee in NSW because of an outbreak of blue green algae caused by a lack of water flowing down the Darling. While the government blames the drought a new report from South Australia says more needs to be done to protect the rivers. Storm girl You might have seen the recent movie Storm Boy, about a kid that befriends a pelican. Well, this week we meet a real-life Storm Girl. 12-year-old rookie reporter Shalise tells us about her friendship with pelicans and the work that she's done to protect their homes. Symphony school Have you ever wondered what it takes to be part of an orchestra? A group of Australia's top young musicians have been finding out. During the holidays they took part in the Australian Youth Orchestra's National Music Camp, making music together and learning about how to make music a career.
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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)
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