Behind the News

Behind the News

Fake News/Mawson Anniversary/International Disability Day/High School Transition
ABC ME  |  November 28, 2016
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Fake News:
Critics say it changed the course of the American Election. Facebook says it is struggling to stop it. We're talking about fake news. And whether it's described as harmless fun or a serious problem, the one thing we can be sure of is that there is more of it around now than ever before. We take a look at what effect false headlines can have and how you can determine the truth.

Mawson Anniversary:
One hundred and five years ago, Douglas Mawson set off on an expedition that would write his name in the history books and earn him a knighthood in the process. But what happened on this trek that would ensure his story lived on for more than a century? We go digging through the history books to find out.

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 & 6

Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science:
Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and reflects historical and cultural contributions Years 5 & 6

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning:
Pose questions to investigate people, events, places and issues Year 4

Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 & 6

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching:
Sequence information about people's lives and events Year 4

Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sources Years 5 & 6

History / Knowledge and Understanding:
The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation Year 6

Two part BtN Special feature - International Disability Day

Part 1 - Living in Silence:
In the first part of our special Disability Day feature, we're going to give you an insight into what a normal school day is like for a kid who is deaf. You will meet Tanya, who will tell her own story using no sound at all. And in doing so, you'll learn that her world is both very different and very similar to that of other Aussie school kids.

Part 2 - Living loud:
In the second part of our special Disability Day feature, we'll introduce you to Cameron, who lives with a condition called Tourette's. It's a neurological disorder that causes sudden movements or noises that can't be controlled and it affects 1 in every 100 kids. Cameron tells us what it's like to have Tourette's and shares the things he'd like other kids to be aware of if they ever meet him.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED:
Learning Areas -
Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing:
Describe how respect, empathy and valuing diversity can positively influence relationships Years 3 & 4

Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Contributing to healthy and active communities:
Identify how valuing diversity positively influences the wellbeing of the community (ACPPS060) Years 5 & 6

English / Literacy / Creating texts:
Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience Year 5

Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience Year 6

English / Literacy / Interacting with others:
Use interaction skills when discussing and presenting ideas and information, selecting body language, voice qualities and other elements, (for example music and sound) to add interest and meaning Year 7

High School Transition:
As the school year winds up, we know a big proportion of our audience will be contemplating the nerve-wracking move to high school next year. So what better way to put their minds at ease than to get some advice from kids that experienced the same thing just 12 months ago! Tune in to hear about all of the differences and similarities, best and worst parts of moving up in life.

Fake News:
Critics say it changed the course of the American Election. Facebook says it is struggling to stop it. We're talking about fake news. And whether it's described as harmless fun or a serious problem, the one thing we can be sure of is that there is more of it around now than ever before. We take a look at what effect false headlines can have and how you can determine the truth.

Mawson Anniversary:
One hundred and five years ago, Douglas Mawson set off on an expedition that would write his name in the history books and earn him a knighthood in the process. But what happened on this trek that would ensure his story lived on for more than a century? We go digging through the history books to find out.

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 & 6

Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science:
Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and reflects historical and cultural contributions Years 5 & 6

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning:
Pose questions to investigate people, events, places and issues Year 4

Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 & 6

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching:
Sequence information about people's lives and events Year 4

Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sources Years 5 & 6

History / Knowledge and Understanding:
The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation Year 6

Two part BtN Special feature - International Disability Day

Part 1 - Living in Silence:
In the first part of our special Disability Day feature, we're going to give you an insight into what a normal school day is like for a kid who is deaf. You will meet Tanya, who will tell her own story using no sound at all. And in doing so, you'll learn that her world is both very different and very similar to that of other Aussie school kids.

Part 2 - Living loud:
In the second part of our special Disability Day feature, we'll introduce you to Cameron, who lives with a condition called Tourette's. It's a neurological disorder that causes sudden movements or noises that can't be controlled and it affects 1 in every 100 kids. Cameron tells us what it's like to have Tourette's and shares the things he'd like other kids to be aware of if they ever meet him.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED:
Learning Areas -
Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing:
Describe how respect, empathy and valuing diversity can positively influence relationships Years 3 & 4

Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Contributing to healthy and active communities:
Identify how valuing diversity positively influences the wellbeing of the community (ACPPS060) Years 5 & 6

English / Literacy / Creating texts:
Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience Year 5

Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience Year 6

English / Literacy / Interacting with others:
Use interaction skills when discussing and presenting ideas and information, selecting body language, voice qualities and other elements, (for example music and sound) to add interest and meaning Year 7

High School Transition:
As the school year winds up, we know a big proportion of our audience will be contemplating the nerve-wracking move to high school next year. So what better way to put their minds at ease than to get some advice from kids that experienced the same thing just 12 months ago! Tune in to hear about all of the differences and similarities, best and worst parts of moving up in life.

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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