Best resources for Anzac Day in primary schools

Enrich your lesson plans with historically accurate information and excellent primary sources. You can download free books and classroom activities from our site.

Education specialists and historians who work at the Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) have prepared these materials to present the stories and images of people who have served Australia in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Hard copies of many of our books and resources should be available in your school library. Contact us at education@dva.gov.au to request hard copies for your school.

Here They Come: A Day to Remember series

Big picture book

We published the ‘big book’ to help lower primary students develop an understanding of commemoration.

It explores different characters and their perspectives on Anzac Day. Balancing fictional characters, stylised illustrations and photographs, the book teaches students that Anzac Day is:

  • significant to many Australians for many reasons
  • an important part of Australian community life
  • a respectful event containing commemorative traditions and symbols

The big book and its supporting educational materials align to the Australian Curriculum: Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS).

Key concepts in the text include: commemoration, identity and diversity, citizenship and civic participation, community values, connections to the past, symbols, service and sacrifice.

Animated videos

We created a 7-minute animation to visually tell the story of the big book, as well as 8 short videos that explore the symbols of commemoration. The short videos are narrated by Australian author and cartoonist, Warren Brown.

Each Here They Come video is available to watch and share on YouTube, or to download as an MP4 file.

Classroom activity booklet

These activities teach students to understand and appreciate the concept of commemoration and to broaden their knowledge of Australia’s wartime experiences.

By exploring a range of possible perspectives, students will come to understand why Australians:

  • choose to commemorate
  • observe Anzac Day as a day of national significance
  • remember the impact of war on Australian communities.

Century of Service series

In the Hall of Memory at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, there are 15 stained-glass windows. Each shows a figure dressed in military uniform, and under each figure is a word that describes a quality displayed by Australians during wartime. This series of books was inspired by those qualities.

Other great resources for primary school students


Last updated: 17 April 2020

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DVA (Department of Veterans' Affairs) (2020), Best resources for Anzac Day in primary schools , DVA Anzac Portal, accessed 18 September 2020, http://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/research-education/schools/best-resources-anzac-day-primary-schools
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