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Magical Land of Oz (ATOM Study Guide)

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Across Australia, as the dawn rises the marsupials go to bed – except for the ones that don't. In this land of ancient wonders, big skies and jewelled seas, rules can be broken as the country boasts of splendid dragons, saltwater monsters and dancing spiders. Magical Land of Oz offers a blue-chip, continent-wide series ranging from the land's highest snow peaks to the depths of the frigid and wild southern seas; from its last populations of wild numbats to its largest diorama of giant cuttlefish. It’s a land of diverse beauty that delights and surprises.

The series both entertains and deepens our understanding of how the natural world is made up of not just unique species, but distinct individuals, whose lives are far from predictable. Using the latest camera technology we capture animal populations only recently discovered and unfamiliar behaviours of species we thought we knew well. We meet animal characters so enigmatic, most Australians are unaware they share not just their island continent but also their own suburban backyards. We reveal the challenges these animals must navigate in a land of extremes and the intense human-induced change they must cope with in order to survive. Magical Land of Oz fills the screen with colour, dance, acrobatics, music, mating and murder as we witness animals in their natural habitat, making Australia a truly spellbinding place. The stage is set for the story to begin …

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Magical Land of Oz is suitable for students undertaking:

  • Science (Years 1–10)
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (Years 1–7)
  • Geography (Year 10)
  • Mathematics (Years 7 and 8)

The cross-curricular priorities related to the series are:

  • Sustainability
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

 

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