Resources for Teachers

Portrait of Teachers

Portrait of school teachers of Officers Instruction School. AWM DAX1102.

The Virtual War Memorial Schools Program is built around the Australian Curriculum: History depth studies of World War One and World War Two at Years 9 and 10. Student participation in the program develops both historical knowledge and understanding, and historical inquiry skills. 

Virtual War Memorial staff are happy to support teachers and schools with implementing and running the program, and we run professional development sessions on-site and workshops in accordance with AITSL standards. Please do not hesitate to contact us at:

If you would like to be part of our Schools Program, please fill out an Expression of Interest form and return it to us. Expression of Interest

The following resources are designed to support educators with our Schools Program and in using the Virtual War Memorial as a classroom resource. 


Schools Program brochure for teachers (July 2019)



Research Portfolio

Adjusted Research Portfolio


Letter home / newspaper article



Curriculum Resource Kits

Teacher Resource - World War One - Year 9

Teacher Resource - World War Two - Year 10

IB - Middle Years Program


Schools Program Support Resources

School Admin Guide


Assessment Task Sheets & Rubrics

Year 9 Assessment Task

Year 10 Assessment Task


Primary School Resources

Primary Schools Overview



Strategies for looking at visual images

Analysing written sources

'Do it yourself' museum activity


2019 Teachers' Professional Learning Activities

Event 4 2019: Digital Storytelling for Year 9 and 10 HASS

In the fourth workshop for 2019, educator Suzannah Brook will introduce teachers to digital storytelling, showing them how to assist students to tell the stories of service personnel through voice, text, images, audio, and video. The end product is a powerful short film in which students display their skills in both historical research and creative film-making. This is a hands-on workshop and teachers will need to provide their own computer in order to take part in activities. It is the second time this workshop has been run in 2019.

This workshop is open to 25 teachers who would like to join the Virtual War Memorial Schools Program and work with their students to research the lives of Australian service personnel as part of their studies in HASS/History, or other subject areas.

The workshop will be held during school hours at Adelaide Oval. Parking will be available on the Torrens Parade Ground (free) and in Victoria Drive or Kintore Avenue. We will meet at the Parade Ground and walk the short distance to Adelaide Oval as a group.

Please bring a laptop, pen, paper and your creativity to the workshop. Please bring a USB so you can download free music from the presenter.

*Prior to the workshop, please make yourself familiar with the Virtual War Memorial site. 

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Event 5 2019: Teaching World War 1 and 2 Depth Studies at Year 9/10

In our fifth workshop for the year, Schools Program Manager Dr David Rafferty and a panel of experienced History teachers will show you how to teach the World War 1 and 2 Depth Studies using the Virtual War Memorial’s Schools Program. David will briefly show you how to research the involvement of Australians in the World Wars. Then Andrew Glasson (Charles Campbell College), Elspeth Grant (Golden Grove High) and Robert Love (Glenunga International High) will discuss the practicalities: what History teachers are trying to achieve, what students tend to do in practice, and how to address problems. You will come away with useful tips on turning curriculum goals into reality, all while engaging your students in an authentic research task.

The workshop will be held after school hours in Memorial Hall, at the Torrens Parade Ground. Free parking is available on site or on Victoria Drive; the boom gate to the Torrens Parade Ground will be raised.

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Event 6 2019: Using military primary sources in the classroom

In our sixth workshop for the year, experienced teacher Stephen Uren and Dr David Rafferty will show you how to use primary source documents, particularly the Service Records digitised by the NAA, to research Australians who served in the World Wars. They will provide teachable techniques for building a picture of an individual’s wartime service. Steve and David will address military jargon and acronyms, reading the handwriting, and connecting the Service Record with other sources of information.

This is also an after-hours workshop in Memorial Hall.

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