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By Jean Evansearly years consultant and author

Go ‘down under’ with these exclusive activities focusing on Australia


Australia is a vast country, with mountains, rainforests, deserts and coral reefs. Much of the wildlife is unique, for example, marsupials and egg-laying mammals.

Well-known Australian landmarks include Ayers Rock, the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Inland Australia is known as the ‘outback’, a huge, flat hot area where sheep and cattle are raised. Aborigines have learned to survive in these harsh conditions and still live a traditional life. Australian people enjoy a healthy outdoor life and surfing is a favourite sport.

Visit BBC schools to discover more about Australia with an interactive story about Barnaby Bear.


1 Australian sounds

Create Australian sounds with a range of objects and instruments

Creative Development

Creating Music and Dance

Developmental matters: move their whole bodies to sounds they enjoy, such as music or a regular beat (8-20 months).

Early learning goal: recognise and explore how sounds can be changed, sing simple songs from memory, recognise repeated sounds and sound patterns and match movements to music.

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