National Reconciliation Week 
27 May – 3 June 

This year National Reconciliation Week theme In This Together resonates in ways that no one could have predicted. You may be back in the classroom or you may still be teaching remotely, so we have lesson ideas that could work for either scenario. 

Click here to check out lesson ideas for Reconciliation Week.

Creative ways to focus on literacy, maths and science 

NAPLAN may have been cancelled this year, but focusing on literacy and maths skills is the topic of conversation for many teachers.

Introducing these skills using real-world topics can be a great way to engage with students who are struggling to settle back into a routine. 


Bright Sparks – Primary and Secondary lessons investigate recycling and waste

Our Bright Sparks set of lessons look at core skills of mathematics and literacy through investigation into recycling and sustainability. 

Most activities take 20-45 minutes and cover real-world topics you can relate to and easily do in a home environment.

These are designed to be fun and make it easier for parents, students and teachers!


BLUE the Film – explore the mathematics of our impact on oceans

From space, our planet appears as a tiny blue dot in the vastness of space. Blue, because 99% of all living space on Earth occurs in the Ocean. But the seas are under threat.

Over the last three decades,

•  coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef has halved.
•  more than a third of fish stocks in our waters are now overexploited or have status “unknown”.
•  in the year BLUE was produced 50 million plastic bags will enter the litter stream from Australia, making our country the second largest waste producer per capita.

Secondary students can explore the maths of plastics and litter, fishing and the impacts on the ocean. 

For more lessons BLUE The Film lessons check out our year level and subject links. 

Popular topic:
Ocean Conservation

Ocean conservation is our most searched topic for 2020 and has been accessed by thousands of teachers and students in our digital library.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, have a look at the tools available to students as part of an Ocean Investigation topic. 

Click here to check out our Digital Library

If you are looking for lessons to help tie this topic into the curriculum check out BLUE The Film – links to all units have been included below.

BLUE The Film:
All Level Unit Links

Early Learning
Foundation – Inquiry
Years 1 & 2 – Inquiry
Years 3 & 4 – Inquiry
Years 5 & 6 – Inquiry
Years 7 & 8 – English
Years 9 & 10 – English
Year 7 – Geography
Years 7 & 8 – Science
Years 9 & 10 – Science

Available Now: new and integrated curriculum ideas

Looking for ideas? We have put together some of our existing resources alongside our new [email protected] lessons to give you some ideas on what is possible. 

Under the Spotlight – Early Learning and Lower Primary

We’ve just released a huge number of activities for younger kids focusing heavily on positivity and learning through play. Here are some of our favourites

Paint a little positivity – Early Learning to Grade 2

Early Learning to Year 2 (ages 4 – 7)
Everyone can have a bad day or feel sad sometimes. That’s why it’s good to know what things make you feel good so that you can help yourself get back to a happier place. In this activity you will explore those things you can do to feel good.

This activity is part of a set of three creative tasks. Also available are Shade a Sunshine and Colour a Little Happiness.


An Alphabet Collage

Early Learning (ages 3 – 4)
Choose your favourite letter of the alphabet, then go hunting through old magazines or newspapers to find pictures related to that letter. This activity is fun for young kids just starting to recognise letters of the alphabet, and is great for developing their awareness of how letters are connected to their favourite words and how they look in different fonts! 


BLUE The Film - Turtle in the ocean

BLUE: The Turtles are Talking

Foundation to Year 2 (ages 5 – 7)
Students explore marine turtles by firstly investigating the life cycle of marine turtles and then engaging in a guided discussion. Students are asked to create a story, poem, drawing, painting, or perform a dance or play that describes their ideas about how we can all help marine turtles, both now and in the future. 


Exploring Nature for all ages 

Get them off the tech and doing activities that require exploring the environment, no matter how small or big.


Up Close with Bees

Early Learning (ages 0-5)
This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning. Children can then make bee finger puppets using a template. Older children begin by looking at flashcards of bees and then participate in a game where they take on the roles of bees collecting pollen to bring back to the hive. 


Trace and Match

Early Learning (ages 3 – 4)
Gather some objects from nature and trace them to make shapes. Then match the shapes with the objects. This activity is great for stimulating memory and problem solving and just good fun!


Early Learning (ages 3 – 4)
Watching things grow can certainly take a long time, especially when you are waiting for plants to grow right out of the ground. Let’s have some fun watching seeds germinate, then break open and sprout!

What is Popular?

Sometimes the best ideas come from those around us. Have a look at what’s been getting hits this month.

Most Viewed Lessons

What’s Coming Up?

Fanfare Music competition closes on 1 June 2020. So for all of those budding musicians with something to say, make sure your submissions are in!

Check out the Fanfare Music Lessons


Having trouble with kids managing time?

This activity is a bit more than just a timetable – get students thinking about how our time is precious.

It’s designed for primary students, but might apply to older students – we’ll leave that up to you!


Daily Activity Timetable – what is the value of time?


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