Witness To History WWI
Aotearoa and World War I
Years 1 to 8Years 9 to 13Years 1 to 13Early childhood education
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Terms 1- 4
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$7 per student
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Auckland Museum
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60 minutes

This programme is for the following year groups: Years 7–8, Year 9–13

The First World War had a profound effect on New Zealand and forever changed the country's perception of itself and its place in the world. The war saw almost 100,000 New Zealand service men and women leave New Zealand shores, many for the first time, to serve in 'the war to end all wars’.

In this session learners will consider how New Zealand's involvement in the First World War has shaped the lives and identity of individuals, communities and our nation. Through hands-on experiences with WWI objects, questioning and critical thinking, learners will examine the daily life of the New Zealand soldier during WWI and the role other New Zealanders have played in this major global conflict. Objects are used as a 'point of departure' to prompt discussion, draw conclusions, and bring First World War narratives to life.

Learning Outcomes
Learners will:

· Reflect on the function of war memorials today

· Understand the various roles New Zealand soldiers had during WWI

· Explore the campaigns New Zealand soldiers were a part of in WWI

Please note: minimum 20 students, maximum 30 students per session

Image details: Lemon squeezer hat. Belonged to Lieutenant Leonard John Armstrong. Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2015.20.18. © Auckland Museum CC BY
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