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The colours of the earth

The colours of the earth © Mandy Wilson Photography

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.

Read the story of How the platypus got his shape to the class and ask the children to look for clues in the text or pictures as to where the story took place.

Can the children tell that the story is set in Australia? What clues are there? (The animals themselves provide a big clue.) Ask the children what they know about Australia. Where is it? What is it like there? What is Australia famous for? Do they know any famous Australians?

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