Books: My Grandad marches on ANZAC Day by Catriona Hoy, Lothian, 2005 Simpson and his Donkey, Mark Greenwood & Frane Lessac, Walker, Aust., 2008.
CDROM: Classroom Focus on CD Vol 2. In Classroom Focus Issue 1, 2006.

This excellent site includes fascinating information about the ANZAC tradition and the history of other conflicts in which Australian
In Flanders fields by Norm Jorgensen. Illustrated by Brian Harrison-Lever, Sandcastle, 2002. Award winning picture book that tells the touching story of an incident during trench warfare of WW1

forces have served. It contains simple activities for teachers to use with young students. (This site has been expanded to include interactive sections).
Books: Memorial by Gary Crew, Lothian. 1992. The story of a town’s memorial tree, planted at the end of WW1.
Books & CDROM: In search of Australians’ experiences in WWI. Malvern, Vic. Ryebuck Media, 2005 The case studies cover five aspects of Australian experience of World War One. A teacher’s guide PDF is available to print. Additional information available from 

6 September 1914

Of the threat from Turkey, Winston Churchill wrote:

The price to be paid in taking Gallipoli would no doubt be heavy, but there would be no more war with Turkey. A good army of 50,000 men and sea power – that is the end of the Turkish menace.


A school project compiled by an 11 year old year 6 Primary School Girl to the music of Walzing Matilda and the Last Post.

Frank Clark's letter from Gallipoli produced for the Auckland War Memorial Museum by Storyboards.

5 June 1915

In a speech delivered in his parliamentary constituency at Dundee, Scotland, Winston Churchill urged a maximum effort at Gallipoli:

Through the Narrows of the Dardanelles and across the ridges of the Gallipoli Peninsula lie some of the shortest paths to a triumphant peace.

18 May 1915

Reverend O Creighton, a chaplain with the British 29th Division at Helles, wrote of the Turks:

The Turkish positions only get stronger every day. … They are magnificently well-led, well-armed and very brave and numerous.

The centrepiece of commemorations is the outdoor projection of Heroes of Gallipoli, the rare film recently restored by Peter Jackson that contains the only known footage of the campaign.

12 October 1915

Asked for his opinion as to the consequences of a British evacuation of Gallipoli, General Sir Ian Hamilton wrote:

It would not be wise to reckon on getting out of Gallipoli with less loss than that of half the total force ... we might be lucky and lose considerably less than I have estimated.





Lower Primary

The Australian Nation

Citizens and Public Life

  • Community Club
    Learn about different workers in the community. American (Scholastic Books, United States)
  • What do I do?
    Find out how a painter, builder fire fighter, doctor and others contribute to a community. (Sunshine Online, New Zealand)

Middle Primary

Who rules?

  • Australian Citizenship Quiz A fun online quiz that can be used to test your knowledge of the privileges and responsibilities of being an Australian citizen. Celebrate Australian Citizenship Day on 17 September.(Department of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Australian Government)
  • Australian Citizenship Crossword
    Click on a number on the crossword to answer questions about Australian citizenship. (Department of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Australian Government)
  • Citizenship – Get Into It Quiz
    The Australian Citizenship Quiz encourages young Australians to think about the values underpinning Australian citizenship and the responsibilities and privileges of Australian citizenship. (Department of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Australian Government)

Laws and Rights

  • School Democracy
    Follow Sal's story of how she tried to change things using the school council. (British Broadcasting Commission, United Kingdom)

Citizens and Public Life

  • Pantz Park
    How can a group of young people launch a campaign to clean up their local park. Will the process be the same for your school’s Clean Up Australia Day?Links to teaching and learning material. (British Broadcasting Commission, United Kingdom)
  • Clean the creek
    Can you make the creek healthy by taking out the things that do not belong? (WaterWatch Queensland, Natural Heritage Trust, Australian Government)

  • Neighbourhood Watch Game
    The Neighbourhood Watch Game is a zipped file that can be downloaded and extracted to your hard drive. It is a good idea to create a new folder called NHW Game and extract the two files from this folder.

Upper Primary

The Australian Nation

Citizens and Public Life

  • Parliament House - Our House> Meet the various groups who work at Australia’s Parliament House – explore the roles and responsibilities of the various groups.
    Links to teaching and learning material.(Parliamentary Education Office, Parliament of Australia)
  • The Parliamentary Quiz
    Feeling clever? Well, this game will test you! Who was Australia's first indigenous parliamentarian? Where did our first federal Parliament meet? Links to teaching and learning material. (Parliamentary Education Office, Parliament of Australia)

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Aboriginal culture


  • What are some aspects of Indigenous Culture?

  • How has colonisation impacted on Indigenous Culture?

  • What is the Dreaming?

  • What is the special relationship that Indigenous Australians have with the lands they inhabit?

  • What is special or different about Aboriginal families and their communities?

  • What are some of the issues faced by Indigenous Australians today?

    • Investigate a notable Indigenous Australian

    • Create a Dreamtime story based on your knowledge of how they are written.
Support it with artwork. 
    • Investigate a range of aboriginal artwork.

    • Create pictures that clearly tell a story.

      • No words are allowed, you may use one of the many.
    • Tell the class a Dreamtime story. [ No reading allowed ]



  • Desert Dreamings
  • Pheasant and The Kingfisher
  • Enora
  • Pilawuk
  • Barn-Barn Barlala
  • How the Kangaroos got Their Tales.
  • The Burnt Stick
  • The Rainbow Serpent.
  • Legends of Fraser Island
  • You and Me and Murrawee
  • Turramulli
  • The Quinkins
  • Poetry by Oodgeroo Noonuccal
  • Discuss the structure of the stories and how they are written.
  • Comment on the nature of the stories.
  • Compare and contrast styles of writing.

The traditional calendar compared to the wet and dry seasons.

  • timeline.png
depicting Aboriginal history and European settlement.