BEING A KID IN SYRIA:
What is it really like to be a kid in Syria?
Over the past few weeks, the world has been given an alarming insight into the violence and destruction going on in this war-torn country.
It's left many asking what more can be done to help those stuck in the middle of it all.
We take a look at the current situation in Syria and meet some of the kids that still call it home.
REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS:
In response to the worsening situation in Syria, many thousands of refugees have fled the country over the past year.
Some have come to Australia, joining thousands of other people from all over the globe that move here each year to start a new life.
In this special report, we take a look at what a refugee is and how it's different to other forms of migration.
SPECIAL PROGRAM LAUNCH - The BtN Welcome Book:
When refugee or migrant families come to Australia, they are given a welcome pack. It contains a lot of important information for parents, but nothing for kids.
So, in a world-first, Behind the News is going to change that by creating a book full of colourful and heartfelt welcome messages from you, the kids of Australia.
We'll invite kids everywhere to send in their artwork, before printing it into a special book.
That book will then be given to every refugee or migrant family that arrives in the country as part of their welcome pack, giving young arrivals a very personal and friendly welcome to their new home country.
Tune in for your chance to be involved.
TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
History / Knowledge and Understanding:
The reasons people migrated to Australia and the experiences and contributions of a particular migrant group within a colony Year 5
Stories of groups of people who migrated to Australia since Federation (including from ONE country of the Asia region) and reasons they migrated Year 6
The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation Year 6
Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity:
The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens Year 6
Civics and Citizenship Skills / Analysis, synthesis and interpretation:
Identify over-generalised statements in relation to civics and citizenship topics and issues Years 5 & 6
OIL IN THE BIGHT:
A fight is currently going on over the Great Australian Bight.
Oil company BP has proposed drilling exploratory oil wells there. But environmentalists are trying hard to stop the proposal.
We look at both sides of the debate.
TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Science Understanding / Chemical sciences:
Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties that can influence their use Year 4
Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science:
Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions Year 4
Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 & 6:
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 Understanding / Biological sciences:
The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment Year 6
Next week, Australia will get its first new banknote in more than 20 years.
The 5 dollar note is getting a makeover to incorporate new security features and a new design.
It'll also feature a tactile function for vision impaired people that was championed by a kid named Connor.
We'll give you a preview of the note and find out what changes you'll see.
Imagine being told you can't play your favourite sport because you're a girl. That's what has happened to some junior rugby players.
Up until 12, girls can play in boys teams. But in some states, there is no competition for them to join after that until 16.
We meet one of the girls affected to find out what's being done about it.
In our first BtN Special of the series we look at money but not just any money, Australia's money. The money the government gets from all the taxpayers and how it spends the cash; from how the government divides the finances into different areas in the budget to bailing out private companies. We also look at how money leads to corruption and when is a gift not a gift.
In this BtN Special we look to the future and investigate how things might change in our world. We specifically look at how things like jobs and schools may look in the future. Then, with the plan for humans to travel to Mars in the future, how will we survive when we get there? And what about travelling around the earth - it might not be that long before we're flying on solar planes!
Bits of aircraft dropping off in mid-air is always concerning and has resulted in the grounding of the new Qantas A380 super-jumbo. Amid the finger-pointing over who's to blame Kirsty looks at what it takes to keep these complex machines in the air.
People are really angry at the banks after one decided to charge more for their loans. Many have said that banks are too greedy and already make big enough profits. Nathan looks at the business of banks to find out what they're really all about.
FREE RANGE PIGS
The Australian pork industry is about to vote on whether to get rid the cages where pregnant pigs are kept until they give birth. 95% of farmers still use the cages and there's a push to get more 'free range' pigs on farms. Tash finds out what makes a product 'free range' and how to tell if we're buying the real deal.
HIGH DEFINITION TV
As the switch to full digital in 2013 approaches people are turfing out the old telly and discovering a raft of new channels. There's loads of new jargon with terms like SD, HD and full-HD being tossed around. So this week Tash looks at what's on offer and what it is that makes HDTV different from the rest.
School kids in Italy have taken on a new subject called podclass. Their ex-DJ teacher has injected some new technology and turned some of the kids' least-favourite lessons into fun. Tash tunes in to find out what it is that makes podclass such a hit.
When did you last write a letter? New, faster ways of communicating have made the traditional letter a threatened species. But maybe the future of the post is in parcels! Sophia looks at how the postal system works and how it's coping with changing technology.
One of the decorations that gets many of us into the festive spirit is the Christmas Tree. You can buy a single-use tree from a farm or an artificial one that lasts for years. Kirsty unwraps the origin of the tradition and finds out if either tree is better for the environment.
There's no problem finding fans of cricket, Aussie rules and rugby. But one sport that struggles for popularity is baseball. With a new national league it's hoped to get more people playing and watching the game. Tash meets a group of kids who are helping keep the sport alive.
TAP DANCING BUSKER
Have you ever tapped your feet to create a cool sound before? Well there's a type of dance that involves a lot of that and it's called 'tap dancing'. It's been performed on stage shows, films and TV. Tash meets a young guy who's tapping his way to stardom!
It's been another huge year on BtN so we take a look back at some of the stories that affected our lives - for better or worse.
The terrible attacks that hit France, Lebanon and Turkey last week have left many kids scared and confused. So this week, we're going to open the show by asking twenty primary school kids what questions they would like answered about this tragic event. BtN will provide answers to help put the terrorist attacks in context and ease the fears of kids now feeling anxious about the future.
After weeks of debate about whether to change Australia's marriage laws, the Government now says that asking the people is their preferred option. But how can they do that without going to an election? We take a look at how Nepal's children are coping four months after the earthquake. This week marks 40 years since a very important moment in our nation's history, we look at Wave Hill.
A study has found that children will now have an average of 13 different jobs over their lifetime. But why is this change happening?; the justice system is one of the most important parts of our society. Yet most kids don't really know how it works. So on BtN this week, we're taking a closer look at the process. Plus there's teacher resources available for our stories on Child Rights Anniversary and Sun Damage.
News and current affairs for students.
Has your class ever seen a BtN story and wanted to know more? Well now we're giving kids around Australia the chance to ask. Each week BtN will now hold a live Q&A session with one of our reporters. Classrooms can tune in live online via Periscope, whilst students can submit their questions on twitter using the hashtag #AskaReporter. To find out more about the sessions and how you can integrate them into your classroom, head to - http://www.abc.net.au/btn/aar.htm.
There's been a lot of controversy this week over a new TV ad. It's not selling a product... instead it's selling an idea. The ad uses celebrities to try to convince people that a carbon tax is a good thing. But why go to the expense of trying to gain people's support... when the government's already made up its mind?
There's been a lot of talk lately about whether Australia should be exporting livestock like sheep and cattle overseas. Some shocking vision has come out showing animals being treated badly. Now, some people want livestock exports banned.
Consumer group Choice says Australian shoppers are being ripped off. It says the same item of shopping can often be bought overseas for much less. So how do shops justify charging higher prices in Australia, and what can we do about it?
TV cameras used to be large, heavy... and difficult to move around. But now, thanks to new technology, they're a lot easier to use. And it might surprise you to learn they don't even need a person to operate them! Sean's gone behind the scenes to find out how we use cameras to make the news.
They're one of the key players in an orchestra... but this person doesn't even make a noise. And they don't belong with woodwind, brass, strings OR percussion. We're talking about the conductor. It's an unusual job... and as Tash found out, there's a lot more to conducting than waving around a baton.
Brisbane is about to host the G20. It's a meeting where the world's most powerful leaders discuss the biggest issues of the future. In other words, issues that will directly affect kids as they grow up. But why aren't all world leaders involved in an event that's so important? Plus there are teaching resources available for our stories on Greenhouse Gasses and War Nurses.
The Happiness Survey Returns
Back in 2015, BTN conducted the biggest survey of kids' mental health in Australian history. It was called the BtN Kids' Happiness Survey and more than 20,000 kids responded to it. Now, we're holding it again to see how things have changed in 2017. And this time, experts from the University of Melbourne's Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program have come on board to cranch the numbers and include your voices in their research. So please consider including the BTN Kids' Happiness Survey in you class schedule over the coming weeks. It'll be five minutes incredibly well spent!
Over the coming weeks, the High Court of Australia is scheduled to hear some incredibly important matters. Among them is the challenge to the same-sex postal survey and the multiple cases of the federal politicians who've found out that they're dual citizens. So we thought it would be a great time to tell you more about the High Court and how it decides some for the nation's most contentious cases.
Recently a survey found that many Australian kids are confused about how credit cards and loans actually work. It's got a lot of experts worried that this could lead to an increase in financial problems later in life. So we'll take a look at the issue and find out how some schools are trying to turn it around.
TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Mathematics/Number and algebra/Money and financial matters:
Solve problems involving purchases and the calculation of change to the nearest five cents with and without digital technologies (year 4)
Create simple financial plans (year 5)
Investigate and calculate percentage discounts of 10 percent, 25 percent and 50 percent on sale items, with and without digital technologies (year 6)
Investigate and calculate 'best buys', with and without digital technologies (year 7)
Spinal Cord Week
Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week is coming up soon. It's all about raising awareness and promoting inclusion for those with a spinal injury. But not all of those people have been in accidents. We asked Rookie Reporter Tess to tell us more.
TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing:
Investigate how emotional responses vary in depth and strength (years 3 and 4)
Examine the influence of emotional responses on behaviour and relationships (years 5 and 6)
Analyse factors that influence emotions, and develop strategies to demonstrate empathy and sensitivity (years 7 and 8)
Health and Physical Education/Personal, Social and Community Health/Contributing to healthy and active communities:
Investigate the role of preventive health in promoting and maintaining health, safety and wellbeing for individuals and their communities (years 5 and 6)
Health and Physical Education / Movement and Physical Activity / Understanding movement:
Participate in physical activities designed to enhance fitness, and discuss the impact regular participation can have on health and wellbeing (years 5 and 6)
Happiness Survey Launch
In this week's show, we'll launch our second ever BTN Kids' Happiness Survey with a story explaining what we learnt about you in 2015, why we're doing it again and how you can get involved.
BTN Investigates - What are dreams?
BTN viewer Duhaa has asked us why we dream. Well Duhaa, we're dreaming up a fun answer to your question right now. Tune in next week for all the details.
BtN looks at the history of the death penalty and the countries that still practice it. Also, should we change the census? There are teacher resources on this topic and the story, Drought Doco.
Every cent counts for 13-year-old Byron as he takes over, but with mum and dad refusing to listen, tough rules need to be put in place.
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