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Land and sea! Australia is a unique and diverse country in every way - in culture, population, climate, geography, and history. It is an island continent and the world's sixth largest country. The first European settlement of Australia was in January 1788, when the First Fleet sailed into Botany Bay under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip. Originally established as a penal colony, by the 1830s the number of free settlers was increasing.

A big thank you once again to the family and friends of Year 2 who came to share our theme celebration. The children loved it and hope you enjoyed sampling the Australian treats and decorating didgeridoos! 
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After watching the devastating news of the damage cyclone Debbie is causing in Australia we explored how cyclones are formed. Of course ours was much smaller and more glittery!
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Taste testing Australian treats! We found some were delicious, while others were not our favourite taste.
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After exploring how the original inhabitants of Australia arrived, we collected natural materials from around school to create our own Polynesian rafts.
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After locating Australia on maps and globes we explored different methods and routes which could be used to travel there.
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We explored Australian arefeacts to try to work out what they are used for and who migh use them. We also used voting cards to decide 'home or away?' while looking at photographs of Australia and the U.K.
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