Behind The News

Behind The News

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..

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

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

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

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

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

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

News and current affairs

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

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

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

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

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

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

News and current affairs

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

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

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

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

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

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

News and current affairs

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