Supporting student learning of wartime history

Share new illustrated classroom kits and attend the Remembrance Day service on 11 November 2022

Australian Teachers of Media Victoria has released a 13-part resource kit to help young Victorians learn about World War 2 (WWII).

The Lest We Forget: Investigating Victorians' Service and Sacrifice in World War 2 kit is fully illustrated and free to download. It contains printable PDFs to help students develop their understanding of key WWII events.

Themes explored in the kit include military service and fostering empathy for those whose service and sacrifice contributed to the development of modern Australia.

The new resources are funded through the Victoria Remembers grant program and are a great teaching support, especially in the lead-up to Remembrance Day.

Attend the Remembrance Day service

In recent years, up to 4,000 Victorian school students have attended Victoria's annual Remembrance Day service at the Shrine of Remembrance on 11 November.

Remembrance Day marks the date in 1918 when World War One came to an end. On Remembrance Day each year, people are asked to observe a minute of silence at 11 am, to remember those who have died or suffered in wars, conflicts and peace operations.

You may like to organise an excursion to this year's in-person event.

Event details

Date: Friday 11 November 2022

Time: 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Location: Sanctuary, Shrine of Remembrance, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne.

Alternatively, a live-stream is also available at the Shrine of Remembrance Facebook page or YouTube channel.

Other ways to recognise Remembrance Day

The Shrine of Remembrance website offers teachers information on a range of teaching and learning resources about Remembrance Day for all year levels.

As well as the service, you could:

  • pause together for a minute of silence with your class at 11 am on Friday 11 November 2022  
  • explore WWII stories as part of the Victorian Government's 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII commemorative program
  • join a free, 45-minute virtual tour of the Shrine of Remembrance with your class. To book, refer to the shrine's online school programs webpage. This page also has ready-to-use lesson plans to support classroom learning for all year levels
  • download the Shrine's messenger bird template and use it with your class to learn about how, during wartime, messenger birds were used to communicate important information to the frontline and always knew their way home.

Find out more

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