Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Anzac Day 2013

This last fortnight we have been learning about Anzac Day.

As a class we read the book 'My Mother's Eyes' by Mark Wilson.
The book has its' own website with a Teacher's Guide here.

We have also been talking about Sydney's famous Anzac Bridge. It links Sydney with Glebe and other Inner Western Suburbs.Some facts about the bridge, it is:
- The longest cable-stayed bridge in Australia, with a main deck length of 805 metres, including a 345 metre span between the towers. The two 128 metre towers support 128 cables.
- Amongst the longest concrete cable-stayed bridges in the world.
- A landmark visible from many of the city's inner suburbs.
- Eight lanes wide.

On one side of the road is an Australian ANZAC Soldier (also known as a 'Digger'):

On the other side of the road is a New Zealand ANZAC Soldier (also known as a 'Digger'):

Perhaps you will keep your eyes out for these wonderful bronze sculptures next time you drive, walk or cycle over Anzac Bridge! Do you think you can tell the main difference between an Australian and New Zealander soldier?

Our local War memorial is the Randwick War Memorial. Information is available here.

We also made a wreath on behalf of our grade. This wreath will be on display at our local memorial for Anzac Day.

A list of child-friendly Anzac Day websites can be found here.

Some excellent reading lists of books with an 'Anzac theme' are available here and here. Some of these titles would make excellent holiday reading, many would be available at your local library!