These How the platypus got his shape prompts come with keyword phrases from the story and are the perfect accompaniment to your storytelling lessons.

These How the platypus got his shape prompts come with keywords from the story and are the perfect accompaniment to your storytelling lessons.

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

Australia resources

  • All
  • 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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