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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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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.
How the platypus got his shape paves the way for some useful circle time discussion.
Use How the platypus got his shape story to get children creatively engaged with number, algebra, sets and symmetry with some great contextual maths.
You’ll be amazed at the quality of writing that recreating an Australian landscape in your school inspires.
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.
Creating your own weird wildlife with this collaborative ‘Creature consequences’ lesson.
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.
Turn your class into super sleuths with an enlightening fact-finding mission that will really get their ‘little grey cells’ working.
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.
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.
Get out your clapsticks and shakers and create your own Australia-inspired music in class.
We talk to illustrator brothers Simon and James Walmesley about their ideas, inspiration and working together on How the platypus got his shape.
Make the most of the outdoors and act out parts of the platypus story in the sunshine.
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.
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.
Use the How the platypus got his shape ebook on your whiteboard, iPad or tablet computer.
Cut out the sentences and arrange the main events of How the platypus got his shape in the correct order.
Keep things simple by just thinking about the beginning, middle and end of our story.
Let the children demonstrate how well they’ve understood How the platypus got his shape with these comprehension questions.
Learn all about the artist Gabriella Possum Nungarrayiand her painting Bush Fire Dreaming.
Explore indigenous symbols and let children use them to create their own maps.
A handy map of Australia to print or display on your whiteboard.
Explorer Bartholomew Drake reads How the platypus got his shape a creation tale from children's author Anne Faundez.
Our interactive PDF will help children to get a feel for Australian geography, animals and music.
Use these templates to create your own A to Z book of Australia.
Our downloadable Australian animal fact card templates make great class displays and are perfect for children to use when presenting their findings to the class.
Our downloadable Australian animal fact cards are ready for children to add their own researched facts.
Our downloadable Australian animal fact cards are ready for children to add their own illustrations.
Our downloadable Australian animal fact card template is perfect for Antipodean class displays.
This resource sheet features an excerpt about food on board HM Bark Endeavour written by Mr Perry, one of the ship’s doctors.
These How the platypus got his shape prompts come with keywords from the story and are the perfect accompaniment to your storytelling lessons.
These image only How the platypus got his shape story prompts are the perfect accompaniment to your storytelling lessons.
These How the platypus got his shape prompts come with keyword phrases from the story and are the perfect accompaniment to your storytelling lessons.
Reward your storytellers with this How the platypus got his shapethemed certificate.
Reward your KS2 storytellers with this How the platypus got his shape themed certificate.
Get everybody singing with this traditional Australian song.
Our radio play is set on board Captain Cook's ship the HM Bark Endeavour. Version 1 has simpler vocabulary and is shorter than version 2,
Our radio play is set on board Captain Cook’s ship the HM Bark Endeavour. Version 2 has more advanced vocabulary and is slightly longer than version 1.
Use this Venn diagram template to help children categorise Australian animals.
Perfect for class assemblies or drama productions our editable How the platypus got his shape playscript can be adapted for as few as six children
A handy template for creating your very own emblems.
Get a taste for down under with these easy-to-bake biscuits.
Get prancing, dancing, strutting and striding with our ‘Find the kangaroo’ game.
Use this sheet for children to categorise Australian animals into sets. How many of the animals do the children know?
Use these 'Creature consequences' templates to ensure accurate matching of your crazy creatures.
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