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Year 1 Australia Class

Year 1, Australia Class

Teacher: Miss D. Siddon

Welcome to Australia Class. In here we work hard but have a lot of fun doing it! Our class teacher is Miss Siddon and we Mrs Deakin is the classroom assistant.
Here are some amazing facts about Australia;
-Aborigines are Australia's first or indigenous people. They make up 2% of Australia's population today. The indigenous Australians are said to be direct descendants of migrants from Africa who left the African continent about 75,000 years ago. They have migrated over the Australasian continent until they settled in Australia around 60,000 years ago.
-Today indigenous people live in all main cities but most of them still live in the desert areas of the Australian outback.
-The 'outback' is the vast, dry and remote inland parts of the Australian continent. Some aboriginal people live still in the sacred area around Ayres Rock, a huge rock formation in the centre of the continent. They are highly skilled in arts and crafts and share with visitors their vast knowledge about the land and the environment.
-Australia is home to many animal species. In fact, Australia houses more than 10% of the world's biodiversity (animals and plant varieties). Among the most well-known Australian animals are kangaroos, wombats, koalas and the dingo.
-Australia is a land with a truly fascinating geography! Australia is the only country in the world that covers an entire continent, but amazingly it’s also an island! An island continent, fancy that! Certainly the largest island in the world. It is rather large at 4,779,602 square miles (7,692,024 km²). If you had to fly from Perth to Brisbane, it would take about 5 hours. This makes it 22 times bigger than the UK. Wow!
-More than 22 million people live in Australia, which actually isn’t that many when you consider its size.
-Bet you think Australia is just a hot country, well it’s not; it’s a land of extreme opposites. The highest temperature ever reached was 103 degrees Fahrenheit (50.7 degrees Celsius) and the lowest temperature was minus 73 degrees Fahrenheit (23 degrees Celsius). Now that’s something interesting!
- Now this is interesting! Canberra was chosen as the capital and that’s because Sydney and Melbourne couldn’t stop arguing about which one should be the capital.
-The highest mountain in Australia is Mount Kosciuszko which is 7,310ft high (2.228m) high. The average 8 year old is about 5ft tall, so it would take about 1,500 kids standing on each other’s shoulders to be as tall as that mountain
-Creepy fact…Australia is home to some of the deadliest animals on the planet. If you go there, be prepared! There are 36 species of poisonous funnel-web spiders and 20 types of venomous snakes. There are only 25 venomous snakes in the world and Australia has 20 of them. No other country can top that! Watch your step.
For many more AMAZING facts about Australia, please look at the link below.