New Education Package for ANZAC Day

19 April 2018

New Education Package for ANZAC Day

The ACTF has compiled a range of engaging educational content and support materials related to ANZAC Day. The ANZAC Day Education Package contains resources from both My Place and Boy Soldiers

The episode “1918: Bertie” from My Place depicts one Australian boy’s life in the final days of the First World War. In watching this program – or the three short clips featured on the My Place for Teachers website – students can learn about returned soldiers, casualties of war, the Armistice, and issues facing indigenous soldiers. My Place for Teachers also features curriculum-aligned lesson plans to develop students’ understanding of the significance of ANZAC Day, and the wider historical context of the First World War. 

Additionally, the 48-minute telemovie “Boy Soldiers” from the Winners and More Winners series explores the issues of conscription and conscientious objectors during wartime. Boy Soldiers is available on DVD from the ACTF shop.

The ACTF has produced free material to support teachers using Boy Soldiers in the classroom: Teaching Resource A centres on the filmmaking techniques used to tell 14-year old Will Barnes’ story; and Teaching Resource B details the opposing views of conscription, with reference to the 1916 and 1917 referendums.