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Understanding ANZAC and Remembrance Days

HASS 3, 6
In this activity series, students will learn how our commemorative days came into being including activities that are conducted on these days. Students will also learn about the Ode and other speeches that are given during commemorative services. This activity also highlights other traditions observed on these days.

45 minutes

Learning Goals

Students will develop an understanding of commemorative days such as ANZAC and Remembrance Day including the Ode of remembrance.

What you’ll need


Computer for Media Resource

World Map or individual devices for mapping activity

Notebook and Pens/Pencils

Year level

Year 3, 6



Cross Curriculum Priority

done Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

done Sustainability

done Asia and Australia's Engagement with Asia

General capabilities

done Literacy

done Numeracy

done ICT Capability

done Critical and Creative Thinking

done Personal and Social Capability

done Ethical Understanding

done Intercultural Understanding


Days and weeks celebrated or commemorated in Australia (including: Australia Day, ANZAC Day, and National Sorry Day) and the importance of symbols and emblems.


The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation.


The Ode

In this activity, students will breakdown the meaning of the Ode, including who the Ode is about, the promise we are making when we recite the ode and how we can honour and commemorate those that the Ode is talking about.