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.


Your Shortcut to… Climate Change and COP28

Your shortcut to… Climate Change and COP28 LINKS: Classroom Resource 1 – All About Acronyms: https://www.squizkids.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/Climate-Change-Shortcut_ACRONYMS.pdf Classroom Resource 2 – Climate Tree: https://www.squizkids.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/Climate-Change-Shortcut_TREE-OF-CHANGE.pdf Other COP28 Teaching Resources: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/un-climate-change-conference-teaching-resources/zrcg3j6     EPISODE TRANSCRIPT It’s all about heat and gas… It’s bringing 70 thousand people together this week …and it could affect life as we know it….

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


Your Shortcut to,,, Bushfires

November 14, 2023

We’ll take you through WHAT Australia’s new fire ratings mean; WHY we keep having bushfires, and HOW indigenous knowledge can help.

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Your Shortcut To …. the Israel-Hamas Conflict

October 31, 2023


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The Science of Skeletons

October 24, 2023

They come out every Halloween… only 2 per cent of animal species have them… and without them, humans just wouldn’t be human. We’ll take you through WHAT our skeletons do; WHY babies have more bones than adults; and HOW we can take care of our skeletons.

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Girl Power!

October 10, 2023

Girls are more likely to do housework, less likely to go to school, and … they’re doing something about it. October 11 is the United Nations’ International Day of the Girl Child, so it seems like the perfect time to talk about WHERE the phrase “girl power” comes from, WHY there’s an international day for girls, WHAT chores and weddings have to do with it, and HOW superheroes and sports stars are a sign of better times.

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The Galápagos Islands

September 26, 2023

It’s home to the world’s only swimming iguanas… fish-eating snakes… and some little birds that changed the course of science. We’ll take you through WHERE the Galápagos Islands are; WHY they are so important to science; and WHAT incredible creatures you’ll find there.

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September 12, 2023

She’s been around since 1959, she’s shorter than a 30 centimetre ruler and her movie is the highest grossing film of 2023. We’ll take you through WHO created Barbie in the first place, HOW she’s remained relevant for so many years, and WHAT lessons Barbie still has for us in the 2020s.

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August 29, 2023

It can be used to treat wounds… maybe even drive cars… but most of you know it from delicious, sweet, treats. We’ll take you through WHY humans love sugar so much… HOW we use it … and WHERE to sample some unusual sugary items.

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Book Week

August 15, 2023

The first one was printed in the year 868… the first one just for kids not until the 1600s … and Bryce and I cannot agree on the best of all time. We’ll take you through WHEN the first ever books were published; WHO wrote the first book for kids; and WHAT are the best children’s books of all time.

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Aussie Inventions that Changed the World

August 1, 2023

Without them, we’d have no wifi… no antibiotics… and no Google Maps. we’ll take you through WHAT are some of the biggest Aussie inventions that changed the world; WHO are the inventors who’ve revolutionised medicine in particular; and WHY Australians are so good at inventing things.

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Women’s Football (Soccer)

July 18, 2023

They’ve been playing since at least the 1500s…one match in 1920 drew a crowd of 53,000 spectators ……and we’re about to see the world’s best players take to the pitch for a prize pool of 165 million dollars… This is your Squiz Kids Shortcut to Women’s Football (which in Australia we know as soccer).

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