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Behind the News: Budget 2016/Submarines/National Volunteer Week/BtNs Kind Classrooms Campaign/400 years of Shakespeare/Dragon Boating
Budget 2016/Submarines/National Volunteer Week/BtNs Kind Classrooms Campaign/400 years of Shakespeare/Dragon Boating
ABC Me  |  May 3, 2016

Budget 2016 -
The big story next week will be the announcement of the Federal Budget. It's when the government reveals exactly how it's going to manage our country's money over the next year. But how do you decide where to spend billions and billions of dollars when everyone seems to have a different idea? BtN finds out.

Submarines -
The Government has announced it will spend a whopping $50 billion dollars on a new fleet of submarines. A French company has won the contract to build the new subs, but they'll be constructed here in Australia. We find out more about these future subs and learn why Australia would want to spend so much on them.

**Submarines will be next weeks BtN #AskaReporter topic! **

National Volunteer Week -
The week of the 11th of May is National Volunteer Week, when we honour the massive contribution volunteers make to this country. Its estimated 6.1 million adults volunteer a total of 713 million hours each year. But its not just adults who can get involved. Kids can also make a big difference to their communities. For example, this week well hear from one young girl who regularly helps the residents at her local nursing home.

TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning areas

Civics and Citizenship Year 7 How values, including freedom, respect, inclusion, civility, responsibility, compassion, equality and a fair go, can promote cohesion within Australian society (ACHCK052)

Reflect on their role as a citizen in Australias democracy (ACHCS060)

HASS / Inquiry and Skills Year 5, 6 Reflect on learning to propose personal and/or collective action in response to an issue or challenge, and predict the probable effects (ACHASSI104) (ACHASSI132)

BtNs Kind Classrooms Campaign
To celebrate National Volunteer Week, BtN is challenging schools Australia to demonstrate a little kindness in their community too. Classes will be encouraged to brainstorm small ways they can help people in their local area, before putting their unique plan into action. It could be anything sending nice letters, offering free car washes or making snacks for people in need. No act of kindness is too small! Schools can register their activities on our website and share video of them too. BtNs Kind Classrooms Campaign will run for the entire month of May and feature videos of our favourite Kind Classroom activities each week. The aim is to brighten the day of thousands of people everywhere, while showing just how kind the kids of Australia really are.

400 years of Shakespeare
It's been four hundred years since the death of the worlds most famous playwright, William Shakespeare. His plays and stories are still really important today, as are the common words and phrases he invented too. This week, we find out more about Shakespeare from the man himself!

TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning areas

English Year 5 Understand that the pronunciation, spelling and meanings of words have histories and change over time (ACELA1500)

Understand, interpret and experiment with sound devices and imagery, including simile, metaphor and personification, in narratives, shape poetry, songs, anthems and odes (ACELT1611)

Create literary texts that experiment with structures, ideas and stylistic features of selected authors (ACELT1798)

English Year 6 Experiment with text structures and language features and their effects in creating literary texts, for example, using imagery, sentence variation, metaphor and word choice (ACELT1800)

Identify the relationship between words, sounds, imagery and language patterns in narratives and poetry such as ballads, limericks and free verse (ACELT1617)

HASS / Inquiry and Skills Year 5, 6, 7 Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (ACHASSI094) (ACHASSI122) (ACHASSI152)

Dragon Boating

Have you heard of dragon boating? It's a tradition that originated in China but now draws participants from all over the world. We spoke to some young teams at the Club Crew World Championships to find out more about this unique sport..

Budget 2016 -
The big story next week will be the announcement of the Federal Budget. It's when the government reveals exactly how it's going to manage our country's money over the next year. But how do you decide where to spend billions and billions of dollars when everyone seems to have a different idea? BtN finds out.

Submarines -
The Government has announced it will spend a whopping $50 billion dollars on a new fleet of submarines. A French company has won the contract to build the new subs, but they'll be constructed here in Australia. We find out more about these future subs and learn why Australia would want to spend so much on them.

**Submarines will be next weeks BtN #AskaReporter topic! **

National Volunteer Week -
The week of the 11th of May is National Volunteer Week, when we honour the massive contribution volunteers make to this country. Its estimated 6.1 million adults volunteer a total of 713 million hours each year. But its not just adults who can get involved. Kids can also make a big difference to their communities. For example, this week well hear from one young girl who regularly helps the residents at her local nursing home.

TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning areas

Civics and Citizenship Year 7 How values, including freedom, respect, inclusion, civility, responsibility, compassion, equality and a fair go, can promote cohesion within Australian society (ACHCK052)

Reflect on their role as a citizen in Australias democracy (ACHCS060)

HASS / Inquiry and Skills Year 5, 6 Reflect on learning to propose personal and/or collective action in response to an issue or challenge, and predict the probable effects (ACHASSI104) (ACHASSI132)

BtNs Kind Classrooms Campaign
To celebrate National Volunteer Week, BtN is challenging schools Australia to demonstrate a little kindness in their community too. Classes will be encouraged to brainstorm small ways they can help people in their local area, before putting their unique plan into action. It could be anything sending nice letters, offering free car washes or making snacks for people in need. No act of kindness is too small! Schools can register their activities on our website and share video of them too. BtNs Kind Classrooms Campaign will run for the entire month of May and feature videos of our favourite Kind Classroom activities each week. The aim is to brighten the day of thousands of people everywhere, while showing just how kind the kids of Australia really are.

400 years of Shakespeare
It's been four hundred years since the death of the worlds most famous playwright, William Shakespeare. His plays and stories are still really important today, as are the common words and phrases he invented too. This week, we find out more about Shakespeare from the man himself!

TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning areas

English Year 5 Understand that the pronunciation, spelling and meanings of words have histories and change over time (ACELA1500)

Understand, interpret and experiment with sound devices and imagery, including simile, metaphor and personification, in narratives, shape poetry, songs, anthems and odes (ACELT1611)

Create literary texts that experiment with structures, ideas and stylistic features of selected authors (ACELT1798)

English Year 6 Experiment with text structures and language features and their effects in creating literary texts, for example, using imagery, sentence variation, metaphor and word choice (ACELT1800)

Identify the relationship between words, sounds, imagery and language patterns in narratives and poetry such as ballads, limericks and free verse (ACELT1617)

HASS / Inquiry and Skills Year 5, 6, 7 Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (ACHASSI094) (ACHASSI122) (ACHASSI152)

Dragon Boating

Have you heard of dragon boating? It's a tradition that originated in China but now draws participants from all over the world. We spoke to some young teams at the Club Crew World Championships to find out more about this unique sport..

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