Primary and Intermediate

The Navy Museum has four 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 1hour programme; $3 per student for a 1&1/2 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.

Primary and Intermediate Programmes Available:

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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.

Using modern archeological practices student 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!

Recommended ages: 5 – 13

Achievement Objectives

Students will demonstrate knowledge and understandings of:

  • Some ways in which Maori who migrated to and settled at Te Haukapua would have perceived and interacted with the land
  • Some modern archeological practices
  • The historic buildings of Torpedo Bay
  • How and why the Devonport Submarine Miners would have perceived and interacted with Torpedo Bay
  • The use of Torpedo Bay during World War One
  • Ways in which Torpedo Bay is relevant to modern visitors

NZ Curriculum alignment

  • Social Sciences: Continuity and Change, Place and Environment
  • English: Reading, Writing
  • Technology: Technological Practice

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Navigators

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.

Recommended ages: 8 – 13.

Achievement Objectives

Students will demonstrate knowledge and understandings of:

  • some of the first navigators to come to New Zealand
  • some of the equipment used in navigating a ship today, and in history
  • basic chart reading
  • how to find and plot their location
  • how a compass works

NZ Curriculum alignment

The Navigators lesson aligns with the New Zealand Curriculum.

  • Science: Planet Earth and Beyond, Physical World
  • Social Sciences: Identity, Culture and Organisation

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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.

Recommended Ages: 7-13.

Achievement Objectives:

Students will demonstrate knowledge and understandings of:

  • how the lives of those left on the home front changed in World War Two
  • the Women’s Royal New Zealand Naval Service and their important work as code crackers
  • how New Zealand home front was protected from attack during World War Two
  • how propaganda was used in New Zealand
  • the ways in which the home front experience influenced New Zealand society following the war’s end

NZ Curriculum Alignment:

  • Social Sciences: Continuity and Change, Identity, Culture and Organisation, The Economic World
  • English: Listening, Reading and Viewing
  • Mathematics and Statistics: Number and Algebra, Geometry and Measurement

 

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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.

Recommended ages: 8 – 13.

Achievement Objectives

Students will demonstrate knowledge and understandings of:

  • Some of the methods of communication used by the RNZN today and in history
  • How technology has changed communications
  • How different methods of communication deliver different messages
  • Some of the many ways they communicate and are communicated to every day.

NZ Curriculum alignment

  • Social Sciences – Continuity and Change
  • Technology – Nature of Technology, Technical Knowledge
  • Mathematics and Statistics – Geometry and Measurement
  • The Arts – Drama

 

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