Start your topic with How the platypus got his shape, an Antipodean creation tale that looks at friendship and supplies the perfect context for looking at Australia. 

   

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Knowledge and skills

  • Story structure
  • Plot, character and setting
  • Group storytelling
  • Note-taking
  • Research
  • Creative thinking
  • Role-play and drama
  • Peer evaluation

Try out these ideas to help your class understand the idea of narrative and to ensure that they get to grips with character, plot and setting.

Knowledge and skills

  • Character empathy
  • Diversity and equality
  • Relationships
  • Circle time/PSHE
  • Learning from experiences
  • Listening and responding

How the platypus got his shape paves the way for some useful circle time discussion.

Knowledge and skills

  • Number and place value
  • Estimating, counting and checking
  • Statistics
  • Animals
  • Living things in their habitats

Use How the platypus got his shape story to get children creatively engaged with number, algebra, sets and symmetry with some great contextual maths.

Knowledge and skills

  • Research
  • Poetry writing
  • Locational knowledge
  • Physical geography
  • Human geography

You’ll be amazed at the quality of writing that recreating an Australian landscape in your school inspires.

Knowledge and skills

  • Working as a team
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Creative thinking
  • Negotiating
  • Role play and drama
  • Performing

Letting children explore the myriad of roles involved in making a film gives them critical insight into just what goes into making their favourite blockbuster.

Knowledge and skills

  • Working in teams
  • Planning
  • Speaking and listening
  • Creative thinking
  • Drawing

Creating your own weird wildlife with this collaborative ‘Creature consequences’ lesson.

Knowledge and skills

  • Presenting
  • Singing
  • Human geography
  • Physical geography
  • Weather and climate
  • Significant individuals in history
  • Art and design techniques

Invite each year group or class to prepare a short presentation on an Australia theme and you’ve got a whole week’s worth of assemblies.

Knowledge and skills

  • Animals
  • Research
  • Using secondary sources
  • Asking questions
  • Note-taking
  • Working in teams
  • Critical thinking
  • Presenting

Turn your class into super sleuths with an enlightening fact-finding mission that will really get their ‘little grey cells’ working.

Knowledge and skills

  • Story settings
  • Physical geography
  • Locational knowledge
  • Map skills
  • Weather and climate
  • The work of artists
  • Art and design techniques

Where in the world is our story set? Explore the colourful landscape of Australia then use traditional art techniques to make a map of the area.

Knowledge and skills

  • Significant events beyond living memory
  • Significant individuals in history
  • Critical thinking
  • Historical enquiry
  • Building on others' ideas

Use our short radio play and visual resources to set the scene and whet children’s appetite to find out more about the explorer Captain James Cook.

Knowledge and skills

  • Playing instruments
  • Experimenting with sound
  • Playing and performing music
  • Composing music
  • Musical notations

Get out your clapsticks and shakers and create your own Australia-inspired music in class.

Knowledge and skills

  • Reading widely
  • Discussing books
  • Building on others' ideas

We talk to illustrator brothers Simon and James Walmesley about their ideas, inspiration and working together on How the platypus got his shape.

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Knowledge and skills

  • Agility
  • Balance and coordination
  • Team games

Make the most of the outdoors and act out parts of the platypus story in the sunshine.

Knowledge and skills

  • Reading widely
  • Discussing books
  • Building on others' ideas

Author, Anne Faundez has worked with many famous names in children’s literature. She talks to us about her love of books and where it came from.

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Knowledge and skills

  • Reading
  • Reading for pleasure
  • Reading widely
  • Research

A selection of books chosen to enhance your activities linked to our platypus story and tempt even the most reluctant readers to curl up with a book.

Australia resources

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  • Activity Sheet
  • Art
  • Audio
  • Drama
  • Ebook
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  • Geography
  • History
  • Learning To Learn
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Music
  • Outdoor Play
  • Reward
  • Science
  • Story Resource
  • Template
  • Video
  • Whiteboard
  • Default
  • Title
  • Random

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