Captioned Discovery Kids helps primary children learn

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Monday, 13 July 2015 11:16am

Discovery Kids is Australia’s only dedicated educational channel for primary-school aged children (5-12) and a sponsor of Media Access Australia's national CAP THAT! campaign. From its launch on Foxtel in 2014, 100% of the content on Discovery Kids has been captioned.

Robert Irwin speaking with the caption "No? Well, that's where closed captioning comes in"

A common query from teachers involved in CAP THAT! is finding out where they can access captioned resources, especially those that are strongly linked to what they are teaching in the classroom.

It is directly relevant to teachers as the entire programming line-up reflects the key learning areas of the Australian Curriculum for primary schools including Science and Technology, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, Creative Arts and Human Society and Its Environment.

Topics and areas of focus include Australian flora and fauna, biology, chemistry, lifecycles, space and solar systems, the human body, Earth and its environment as well as power and energy sources.

“We are thrilled to have launched this unique channel to Foxtel subscribers,” said Mandy Pattinson, Discovery Channel’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, ANZ & Pacific Islands. “With programming pillars inspired by key learning areas of the Australian Curriculum, Discovery Kids stimulates learning and imagination for a new generation of audiences, and provides a safe and enriching environment that parents can trust.”

Discovery Kids is gradually building a range of education resources to directly support teachers, students and parents. One of the first steps in this process is supporting CAP THAT!. Discovery Kids provided a promotional video featuring channel ambassador Robert Irwin outlining the literacy benefits of captioning.

“The channel is 100% closed captioned, highlighting a strong commitment to further enhancing our educational programming offering, as we have learnt captioning can help strengthen literacy skills and vocabulary development in young readers,” said Pattinson, referring to the benefits of captions.

The links between CAP THAT! and Discovery Kids are very strong according to Media Access Australia CEO Alex Varley.

“The channel has focused strongly on the literacy benefits of captions, which ties in perfectly with our relationship with National Literacy and Numeracy Week.”

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