Behind the News

Behind the News

Political Donations/15 years since 9/11/Swooping Season/Roald Dhal Centenary/Paralympics Kid
ABC ME  |  September 13, 2016
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POLITICAL DONATIONS:
Should overseas groups be allowed to donate money to Australian politicians?

That's the question many are asking after Labor Senator Sam Dastyari allowed a Chinese company to pay a bill for him totalling $1670.82.

He says the company expected nothing in return. But others say the payment is not okay.

We take a look at both sides of the debate.

15 YEARS SINCE 9/11:
Fifteen years ago, on the morning of September the 11th, one event in America changed the world forever.

We take a look back at the World Trade Centre attacks to find out what happened and how the world has changed since.

SWOOPING SEASON:
It's now spring in Australia, a time when trees turn green and the weather finally warms up.

It's also the time when some very aggressive black and white birds decide to randomly swoop down on kids everywhere.

We take a look at why magpies act like this and what you can do to protect yourself.

ROALD DHAL CENTENARY:
On the 13th of September the world will mark what would've been Roald Dahl's 100th birthday.

The British writer is still one of the most successful kids' authors in history, with 17 best-selling titles to his name.

We find out more about Dhal's life and take a closer look at some of his stories.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -

English / Literature / Examining Literature:
Discuss how authors and illustrators make stories exciting, moving and absorbing and hold readers' interest by using various techniques, for example character development and plot tension Year 4

Identify, describe, and discuss similarities and differences between texts, including those by the same author or illustrator, and evaluate characteristics that define an author's individual style Year 6

English / Language / Language variation and change:
Understand that the pronunciation, spelling and meanings of words have histories and change over time Year 5

English / Literature / Creating literature:
Create literary texts that experiment with structures, ideas and stylistic features of selected authors Year 5

English / Literacy / Interpreting, analysing, evaluating:
Analyse strategies authors use to influence readers Year 6

PARALYMPICS KID:
The Paralympics are getting underway so it's a great time introduce you to one of the youngest members of the Australian team.

Her name is Isis and she'll be competing on the track in Rio.

We'll also check in with the 15-year old's class back in Australia to find out how they'll be cheering her on during the games.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED:
Learning Areas -

Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health:
Investigate the benefits to individuals and communities of valuing diversity and promoting inclusivity Years 7 & 8

Movement and Physical Activity / Learning through movement:
Modify rules and scoring systems to allow for fair play, safety and inclusive participation Years 7 & 8

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning:
Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 & 6

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

POLITICAL DONATIONS:
Should overseas groups be allowed to donate money to Australian politicians?

That's the question many are asking after Labor Senator Sam Dastyari allowed a Chinese company to pay a bill for him totalling $1670.82.

He says the company expected nothing in return. But others say the payment is not okay.

We take a look at both sides of the debate.

15 YEARS SINCE 9/11:
Fifteen years ago, on the morning of September the 11th, one event in America changed the world forever.

We take a look back at the World Trade Centre attacks to find out what happened and how the world has changed since.

SWOOPING SEASON:
It's now spring in Australia, a time when trees turn green and the weather finally warms up.

It's also the time when some very aggressive black and white birds decide to randomly swoop down on kids everywhere.

We take a look at why magpies act like this and what you can do to protect yourself.

ROALD DHAL CENTENARY:
On the 13th of September the world will mark what would've been Roald Dahl's 100th birthday.

The British writer is still one of the most successful kids' authors in history, with 17 best-selling titles to his name.

We find out more about Dhal's life and take a closer look at some of his stories.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -

English / Literature / Examining Literature:
Discuss how authors and illustrators make stories exciting, moving and absorbing and hold readers' interest by using various techniques, for example character development and plot tension Year 4

Identify, describe, and discuss similarities and differences between texts, including those by the same author or illustrator, and evaluate characteristics that define an author's individual style Year 6

English / Language / Language variation and change:
Understand that the pronunciation, spelling and meanings of words have histories and change over time Year 5

English / Literature / Creating literature:
Create literary texts that experiment with structures, ideas and stylistic features of selected authors Year 5

English / Literacy / Interpreting, analysing, evaluating:
Analyse strategies authors use to influence readers Year 6

PARALYMPICS KID:
The Paralympics are getting underway so it's a great time introduce you to one of the youngest members of the Australian team.

Her name is Isis and she'll be competing on the track in Rio.

We'll also check in with the 15-year old's class back in Australia to find out how they'll be cheering her on during the games.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED:
Learning Areas -

Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health:
Investigate the benefits to individuals and communities of valuing diversity and promoting inclusivity Years 7 & 8

Movement and Physical Activity / Learning through movement:
Modify rules and scoring systems to allow for fair play, safety and inclusive participation Years 7 & 8

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning:
Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 & 6

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

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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