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Behind the News: BtN's 2016 Civics Series: What is democracy?-Part 1/NSW Recycling Scheme/Food Allergy Week/Photoshopped Music/Indigenous Language Lessons/Young Game Designers
BtN's 2016 Civics Series: What is democracy?-Part 1/NSW Recycling Scheme/Food Allergy Week/Photoshopped Music/Indigenous Language Lessons/Young Game Designers
ABC Me  |  May 17, 2016

BTN'S 2016 CIVICS SERIES: WHAT IS DEMOCRACY?
Australia is now in election mode - so BtN is celebrating with a series of stories looking at different aspects of our civic life, starting this week with democracy.

It's something most Australians take for granted, but what is democracy and how did it come to be?

BtN take a trip back in history to find out.

** What is Democracy will be next week's BtN #AskaReporter topic! **

TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning areas -

Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Government and democracy:
The key values that underpin Australia's democratic system of government Year 5

The roles and responsibilities of electors and representatives in Australia's democracy Year 5

The key features of the Australian electoral process Year 5

The key institutions of Australia's democratic system of government based on the Westminster system, including the monarchy, parliaments, and courts Year 6

NSW RECYCLING SCHEME
Australia's most populated state, New South Wales, has just announced that it will implement a container deposit scheme.

It brings the state in line with South Australia and Northern Territory, where 10 cent recycling deposits have been available for some time.

We take a closer look at the scheme and find out what effect it might have on recycling rates there.

TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning areas -

Science Understanding / Chemical sciences:
Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; These properties can influence their use Year 4

Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science:
Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions Year 4

Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science:
Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 & 6

Humanities and Social Sciences / Inquiry and skills / Evaluating and reflecting:
Reflect on learning to propose actions in response to an issue or challenge and consider possible effects of proposed actions Year 4

Humanities and Social Sciences / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography:
The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably Year 4

FOOD ALLERGY WEEK
Imagine if eating one of your favourite foods could kill you. That's exactly what can happen if you have a food allergy.

Next week is National Food Allergy Awareness Week, so we thought we'd take a closer look at what it means to have a food allergy and what it's like to live with one.

We'll also try to discover why food allergy rates are on the rise in Australian schools.

PHOTOSHOPPED MUSIC
Popstar Meghan Trainor has pulled her own music video after realising her body had been photoshopped in it without her permission.

She says the digital manipulation goes against the positive body image messages she writes into many of her songs.

We take a closer look at the controversy and find out how you feel about it.

INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE LESSONS
The town of Broome in Western Australia is pushing to become the first bilingual town in Australia by teaching all kids Yawuru, the local indigenous language.

Some classes are taken almost entirely in Yawuru and even the town's street signs are in Yawuru and English.

We check in with Cable Beach Primary School to find out how the kids there feel about Broome's new bilingual push.

YOUNG GAME DESIGNERS
How would you like to design your own video game, then pitch your idea to executives from Google?

Well that's exactly what a group of teenagers from all over Australia got to do recently, with some help from the tech wizards at Good Game.

We joined them as judging got underway.

BTN'S 2016 CIVICS SERIES: WHAT IS DEMOCRACY?
Australia is now in election mode - so BtN is celebrating with a series of stories looking at different aspects of our civic life, starting this week with democracy.

It's something most Australians take for granted, but what is democracy and how did it come to be?

BtN take a trip back in history to find out.

** What is Democracy will be next week's BtN #AskaReporter topic! **

TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning areas -

Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Government and democracy:
The key values that underpin Australia's democratic system of government Year 5

The roles and responsibilities of electors and representatives in Australia's democracy Year 5

The key features of the Australian electoral process Year 5

The key institutions of Australia's democratic system of government based on the Westminster system, including the monarchy, parliaments, and courts Year 6

NSW RECYCLING SCHEME
Australia's most populated state, New South Wales, has just announced that it will implement a container deposit scheme.

It brings the state in line with South Australia and Northern Territory, where 10 cent recycling deposits have been available for some time.

We take a closer look at the scheme and find out what effect it might have on recycling rates there.

TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning areas -

Science Understanding / Chemical sciences:
Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; These properties can influence their use Year 4

Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science:
Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions Year 4

Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science:
Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 & 6

Humanities and Social Sciences / Inquiry and skills / Evaluating and reflecting:
Reflect on learning to propose actions in response to an issue or challenge and consider possible effects of proposed actions Year 4

Humanities and Social Sciences / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography:
The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably Year 4

FOOD ALLERGY WEEK
Imagine if eating one of your favourite foods could kill you. That's exactly what can happen if you have a food allergy.

Next week is National Food Allergy Awareness Week, so we thought we'd take a closer look at what it means to have a food allergy and what it's like to live with one.

We'll also try to discover why food allergy rates are on the rise in Australian schools.

PHOTOSHOPPED MUSIC
Popstar Meghan Trainor has pulled her own music video after realising her body had been photoshopped in it without her permission.

She says the digital manipulation goes against the positive body image messages she writes into many of her songs.

We take a closer look at the controversy and find out how you feel about it.

INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE LESSONS
The town of Broome in Western Australia is pushing to become the first bilingual town in Australia by teaching all kids Yawuru, the local indigenous language.

Some classes are taken almost entirely in Yawuru and even the town's street signs are in Yawuru and English.

We check in with Cable Beach Primary School to find out how the kids there feel about Broome's new bilingual push.

YOUNG GAME DESIGNERS
How would you like to design your own video game, then pitch your idea to executives from Google?

Well that's exactly what a group of teenagers from all over Australia got to do recently, with some help from the tech wizards at Good Game.

We joined them as judging got underway.

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