Commemorating Anzac Day

Nicola Davison
13th April 2016
Commemorating Anzac Day

Resources to remember the contribution of the Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War

Observed on 25 April each year, Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance, which historically commemorates the contribution and suffering of the soldiers that fought against the Ottoman Empire at Gallipoli during the First World War.

These days, it is an opportunity to remember all service men and women, as the spirit of Anzac, with its qualities of courage, camaraderie and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance to both countries’ national identities.

Use this hand-picked selection of lesson ideas and activities to explore this special day with your primary and secondary classes.

Whole school

Discover the historical importance of Anzac Day and how it is commemorated in Australia and New Zealand with this well-structured, pictorial presentation, including key facts. These editable posters outline some of the modern conflicts in which Australian soldiers have also served.

Test your learners’ understanding of the day with this 15-question, multiple-choice quiz, which is ideal as a starter, plenary activity or even as part of an assembly.


Further engage primary pupils with these Anzac-themed rotational activities, including collage work and a baking opportunity. Alternatively, these illustrated wordsearches enable learners to cover all of the key terminology.

Encourage students to understand the thoughts and feelings of families whose sons fought at Gallipoli with this moving song. Extend this by setting a writing task, which could be made display-ready with this poppy-bordered paper.


Take an in-depth look at the Gallipoli campaign and the extreme conditions soldiers faced there with these source-based activity ideas, including a narrated video.  This relevant source analysis worksheet is a handy tool to help students understand what it means to be critical of sources.

Get students to gather and communicate their own thoughts about the success or failure of the campaign with this debate-focused presentation. Or why not explore the Anzac qualities with this thought-provoking writing task?

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