Primary and Intermediate

The Navy Museum has five set programmes for you to choose from.   All our programmes use the museum’s diverse resources to create fun and relevant learning experiences outside the classroom.  Our programmes:

  • are supported by Teacher Resource Packs
  • are linked to the New Zealand Curriculum
  • cost: $2 per student for a 1-hour programme

We aim to create the best learning experience for you and your group. We are happy to tailor our programmes to suit your group’s age, interests and scheduling requirements.   Contact us now to arrange a visit.

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First World War 100

The First World War – 100 years on

100 years on, why is Anzac Day still such an emotive and important day for New Zealanders?
What effect did the war have on New Zealanders on the front and at home?
Why was the First World War called the “war to end all wars”?

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli, we have developed a programme to help students gain a deeper understanding of the First World War and what it was like for New Zealanders on the front and at home. (more…)

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Te Waka, Torpedoes and Time

  In its prominent location at the mouth of the Waitemata harbour, the Devonport area has long been a useful and significant site to people.

  Who has used this site?  How was it significant to them?

  In this programme, students will investigate the site over three specific time periods.

Students will gather evidence and consider Te Haukapua during Maori arrival and settlement.  They will investigate the historic buildings of     the submarine mining station developed at Torpedo Bay during the ‘Russian Scares.’  Then they will reflect on the modern site and its relevance to the public.

The programme finishes with the story of Count Felix Von Luckner, a famous WWI prisoner of war who was imprisoned at Torpedo Bay!


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Which way is North?
Why do maps have grids on them?
Can you find your way around using a compass?
Become a navigator and find out!

In this programme, students will consider the history of travelling the sea.  They will consider what it takes to cross oceans into unknown territory.

Students will explore some of the navigation tools used by the Navy today. Then they will learn some basic navigation skills in order to discover and plot their location on a chart of the Waitemata.


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War on the Home Front

How were New Zealand children’s daily lives effected by World War Two?
How did women and children help the war effort?
Why couldn’t people just go to the shop to buy sugar?

In this unit students will consider what it would have been like to live through World War Two and how the lives of those left on the home front changed.

Students will experience what it was like to undergo air-raid drills, fund-raising efforts and rationing as a child in New Zealand. They will learn about the new role of women in the workforce and the important role they played in the war effort, particularly in the Women’s Royal New Zealand Naval Service and try their hand at some of the jobs filled by women during wartime.  They will investigate the ways in which the New Zealand home front was protected from attack during World War Two.  Students will consider the way in which the home front experience influenced New Zealand society following the war’s end.


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Sigs and Sparkers

Communication is in the essence of humanity.
Why is communication necessary?
Does what we say dictate how we say it?
How has communication changed through the development of technology?

In this programme, students explore the development of communications technology in the Navy.  Students become Sigs and Sparkers (Navy Communicators) and experiment with different methods of communication such as Morse code, signal flags, semaphore and radio.  They try their hands at deciphering and writing code.

They consider issues such as: who else is listening; communicating understanding and misunderstanding; and communicating as a team.

Then they will think about communication in the context of their own lives.  They will consider all the different ways they communicate and are communicated to every day.

The classroom programme can be followed by a museum tour.


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