Introduction to Oceania - Australia

Home learning focus

Learn about Australia including the Northern Territory, the Great Barrier Reef and the wider continent of Oceania.

This lesson includes:

  • one animation exploring the Northern Territory of Australia

  • one animation exploring the Great Barrier Reef

  • one animation exploring the weather and environment of the Australian Outback

  • a list of key words to help describe places

  • three activities to build the knowledge


Australia is really far away - it's on the opposite side of the Earth to the UK. It is sunny and hot.

Kangaroos, koalas and lots of spiders and snakes live in Australia.

Alice Springs is a town in the centre of Australia, very far from the sea. It is found in an area of Australia called the Northern Territory.

Freya's Uncle Bob is visiting the Northern Territory - it's huge, more than five times bigger than the UK! Watch this animation to find out more.

Uluru is a very well-known rock formation in the Northern Territory.
Learn about the Northern Territory of Australia.

Oceania is a continent which is made up of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and many other smaller islands.

Oceania is home to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world, and home to lots of ocean wildlife.

Watch this Go Jetters Funky Facts animation to find out more.

Learn about the Great Barrier Reef.

Australia has lots of wide open space called the Outback. Watch this Go Jetters Funky Facts animation to find out more.

Learn about the weather and environment of the Australian Outback.

World words

  • Season - A year is split up into four seasons - spring, summer, autumn and winter.

  • Soil - Stuff on the ground made up of small pieces of rock, clay, rotted plants and animals.

  • Tourists - People who are travelling away from the place where they live for a holiday.

  • Town - An area with streets and buildings where people live.

Alice Springs is a town in the Northern Territory.


There are lots of fun things to do to help you remember what you've learnt about Australia and Oceania.

Here are a few you could try.

Activity 1

Do you remember what we saw in the Northern Territory?

Drag the things that Freya and Sara saw in Australia onto the picture in the game below.

Activity 2

Living on opposite sides of the world

For this activity you will need a pencil and a piece of paper.

Watch the short film below to find out what life is like for two children living on opposite sides of the world.

After watching the film have a go at answering the following questions:

  • Write a list of the different geographical features in Townsville in Australia and Mossley in Greater Manchester. Do you see hills, rocks, beach, sea?

  • How is the environment similar or different where you live?

An exploration of two children's lives on opposite sides of the world.

Activity 3

Play Pirate Bunnies: World Adventures

Are you ready for an adventure?

Hop on Captain Carrot’s ship and explore the UK and the rest of the world with the Pirate Bunnies!

You can earn treasure by completing quests.

Click to play the game

There's more to learn

Have a look at these other resources around the BBC and the web.

More lessons for Year 2 and P3
KS1 Geography on BBC Bitesize
KS1 Geography on BBC Teach
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Home learning resources
Go Jetters - Oceania resources
Primary games