Boys in Years 5 and 6 have been learning about our World War 1 experiences in the lead up to Anzac Day.
Claire Saxby’s book Meet the ANZACs describes the excitement and eagerness of the young soldiers to fight for their country. They were impatient to begin and felt frustrated by their months of training at home and in Egypt. Eventually they arrived at Gallipoli but found that, “War was like nothing they could have imagined.”
The Beach They Called Gallipoli by Jackie French was the focus for Year 6 students. A video clip of Jackie reading the book while looking at the images made for a moving session with each class. The book begins on 25 April 1915 and ends with “Lest we Forget” on Anzac Day 2015.
Following each book and class discussion, each boy made a poppy to add to our Library window as a sign of respect for people who died during the battles.