Squiz Kids Shortcuts

Each week we take a deep dive into a high-interest news or current affairs topic, answering kids' burning questions about everything from the Olympics to Islam. A new episode is released every Monday morning.

 

Looking for curriculum-aligned comprehension activities for each shortcut? We've got you covered. And check the episode notes for more resources to dig deeper.

LATEST SHORTCUT

Your Shortcut to… Vanquished Viruses and Banished Bacteria

We’ll take you through WHAT illnesses people used to worry about, HOW they treated them, and WHY we don’t have to fear them as much today. So let’s plunge into the Petrie dish of pestilence and find out. For the full episode transcript, click here.

Squiz Kids Shortcuts dive into the who, what, when, where, why and how of the big news stories.

PREVIOUS SHORTCUTS

Your Shortcut to… Social Media

May 28, 2024

We’ll take you through HOW long it’s been around, WHY people love it so much, and WHAT we should be…

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Your Shortcut to… YouTube

May 14, 2024

Your Shortcut to… YouTube We’ll take you through HOW YouTube came into being; WHO are some of the most famous…

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Your Shortcut to… Australian Women War Heroes

April 23, 2024

This is your Squiz Kids Shortcut to Australian Women War Heroes—the podcast where we dive into the who, what, when, where, why and how of the big news stories.

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Your Shortcut to… Islam

April 9, 2024

It’s the second biggest religion in the world, and the fastest growing…and for the next month, many believers won’t be eating when the sun is up. We’ll take you through WHAT Islam is… HOW Ramadan is celebrated … and WHY Mecca is so important.

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Your Shortcut to… Easter

March 26, 2024

Your Shortcut to… Easter For the full episode transcript, click here.

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Your Shortcut to… The Australian Gold Rush

March 12, 2024

Your Shortcut to… The Australian Gold Rush LINKS Gold – Australian Government Geoscience: https://www.ga.gov.au/education/minerals-energy/australian-mineral-facts/gold Victorian goldfields for kids: https://www.nma.gov.au/learn/kspace/victorian-goldfields-1854/kids Eureka…

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Your Shortcut to… Taylor Swift

February 27, 2024

Your Shortcut to… Taylor Swift LINKS Christmas Tree Farm (song): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN3rDTAdM2oHow Taylor Swift became a billionaire: https://www.couriermail.com.au/entertainment/music/crazy-numbers-behind-taylor-swifts-success/news-story/a309dbe652fa5770d63024f42d02e08f Marjorie Finlay: https://www.newspapers.com/article/st-louis-globe-democrat/65065321/…

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Your Shortcut to… The Theory of Evolution

February 13, 2024

Your shortcut to… The Theory of Evolution   LINKS: Charles Darwin – Theory of Evolution Resource (Nat Geo Kids) https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/primary-resource/charles-darwin-theory-evolution/…

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Your Shortcut to… Cyclones, Hurricanes and Typhoons

January 30, 2024

Your shortcut to… Cyclones, hurricanes and typhoons. LINKS: Cyclone Experiment – Cyclone in a bottle: https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/185919/Cyclone,-cyclone-experiment,-junior,-final.pdf How do hurricanes form:…

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Your Shortcut to… Australia Day 2024

January 22, 2024
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