Commemorating Anzac Day in class

Nicola Davison
21st March 2017
Anzac Day, Australia, New Zealand, Gallipoli Campaign, First World War, resources, lesson, activity, primary, secondary

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 Austalia and New Zealand's national identities.

Why not use this hand-picked selection of lesson ideas and activities to explore this special day with your primary and secondary classes?

Whole school resources

Test your learners’ knowledge of Anzac Day with this 15-question, multiple-choice quiz, ideal as a starter, plenary activity or even as part of an assembly. Or, modernise your approach with these editable posters, outlining some of the modern conflicts in which Australian soldiers have also served.

For a more immersive experience, this themed codebreaking task* gives students a flavour of the battle at Gallipoli, while allowing them to practise communicating grid references. Alternatively, develop learners’ understanding of the nature of warfare by researching those who served using this source pack as a starting point.

Primary resources

Further engage primary pupils with these Anzac-themed rotational activities, including collage work and a baking opportunity. Additionally, these illustrated wordsearches enable learners to recap key terminology.

Encourage students to understand the thoughts and feelings of families whose sons fought at Gallipoli with this moving song. Then extend this by setting a writing task, which could be made display-ready with this poppy-bordered paper. Equally as visual, this patriotic activity* offers pupils the chance to practise a wide range of art skills in bringing the words of Australia and New Zealand's national anthems to life.

Secondary resources

Take an in-depth look at the origins of the Anzac legend with this thoughtful activity, requiring students to draw inferences based on the backgrounds of Charles Bean and Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett. Move on to discover the purpose of and messages within propaganda posters using these well-structured questions.

Why not accompany any learning about the battle at Gallipoli with these varied activity ideas? While this source analysis worksheet is ideal for helping students to understand what it means to be critical of sources, this story starter activity gets them thinking about the human side of warfare. Or, explore the qualities that helped the Anzacs to endure the Gallipoli Campaign with this thought-provoking writing task.

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This post was first published on 13 April 2016, and was refreshed on 21 March 2017.

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