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ANZAC Day activities for primary school students

Updated: Apr 12, 2021


ANZAC Day activity inspiration is here!

ANZAC Day is commemorated in Australia on the 25th of April every year. Although it is a public holiday nationwide, it is important that the teaching and learning opportunity about ANZAC Day isn’t missed in our classrooms. From Kindergarten onwards, we must be teaching our students about the history, cultural significance, and meaning of ANZAC Day.

Here are a few ways we have engaged our students in ANZAC Day lessons over the years that may be helpful for you when planning:

Pull out the Poppies

Make poppies to pin on student’s lapel/collar for your school or home ANZAC day ceremony.

Teacher Tip: We like to laminate them and reuse them for Remembrance Day in November.

While students are making or colouring poppies to wear, why not ask them to do a few extras and create a class wreath.

Poppy-wreath with we will remember them in the centre

If you are looking for more poppy inspiration, check out our blog post that explains 6 different poppy learning activities.

Immerse in Stories

Nothing illustrates an idea to children more than reading to them. There are some wonderful picture books out there that will help you explain to your students the meaning of ANZAC Day. We recommend:

  • Meet... the ANZACS By Claire Saxby

  • Lest We Forget By Kerrie Brown

  • ANZAC Biscuits By Phil Cummings & Owen Swan

  • Anzac Ted by Mike McLeish

  • I was Only Nineteen by John Schumann

  • One Minute Silence By David Metzenthen

ANZAC-Biscuits-book and worksheets

This video from Behind the News also explains the meaning of the day in a student-friendly way.

Introduce Gratitude

Discuss why we are so lucky in Australia and how events in the past have made this possible. Introduce the term ‘gratitude’ and ask students to reflect on what they are grateful for in their lives.

We love completing this activity with all age groups.

Use your gratitude poppies to display in your classroom, turn them into a class wreath or put them in a common area to encourage others to reflect on what they are grateful for.

Teacher Tip: This is also a lovely exercise to complete with your staff.


Mini Research Task

Why not implement a project-based learning task (PBL) that your students will be highly engaged in while learning about the significance of the day?

An ANZAC Day flipbook is ideal for teachers who are looking for ways to truly engage students with a high-interest, independent activity.

Get Creative

Once your students have a good understanding of ANZAC Day, creative activities and lessons are always the ones that students remember. Try:

  • Baking ANZAC Day Biccies with your class

  • Designing a medal of courage or war memorial

  • Writing a letter of thanks to those who have served or serving our country

  • Design and make mini ANZAC wreaths

  • Draw ANZAC messages on the school playground or outside a nursing home if you have one nearby

Discovering ANZAC Day Vocab

There are many topic specific words used when teaching about the history of ANZAC Day.

Such vocabulary is necessary to assist students in better understanding the history and meaning behind the day.

Things you can do in the classroom to support vocabulary development:

  • What does ‘Lest we forget’ mean?

  • Create a word wall

  • Have students add to your class dictionary or their personal dictionary.

  • Deconstruct and discuss the ANZAC Ode

  • Learn about and ask students to identify ANZAC symbols

  • Write a poem about ANZAC Day.

  • Complete a word search. We’ve made a free version for you!

Create an ANZAC Display

Over the years, we have taught many different lessons about ANZAC Day to commemorate this event, but this activity (that doubles as a class display) is one of our faves.

The aim of this resource is for students to reflect upon ANZAC Day and what this important commemoration means in our country and the finished product is a beautiful poppy you can display in your classroom, take to your school ANZAC ceremony or put up in a school common area.

Learn more about why we love this resource here.

How do you celebrate ANZAC Day in your classroom? We would love to hear any creative ideas you have about the ANZAC Day activities you use in your primary classroom.

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Anzac day activity ideas in red and an anzac wreath photograph

Looking for ready-to-print ANZAC Day resources for your classroom? Check out these (we have versions for our NZ friends too):

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What to read next:

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