Stepping Back in Time - The War Years

Suitable Year 4 +

As it is 100 years since the beginning of World War One, it is a timely opportunity to offer a programme at Ferrymead. Experience life on the homefront in New Zealand during World War One. In 2016 we will be covering the main events of 1916 and remembering the events of 1915.

What was it like for the people left at home? How did they help the war effort? Meet some of Ferrymead's characters as they experience the war years. Hear from Mr or Mrs Grey who have just received a letter from their son Timothy who is fighting at the front.

Choose FOUR of the following activities:

School Years

Participate in a school lesson of the era with the emphasis being placed on subjects taught during World War One.


Help Mrs Grey with her housework and find out how she is contributing towards the war effort.

War Time Communications - See below for Nature of Science Strand

Find out about communications of the time, both on the home front and in the trenches.

Concert Time

See how people spent their leisure time and helped the war effort. Participate in a fundraising concert.


Find out about the history and ingredients of ANZAC biscuits and ginger biscuits and help make a batch of biscuits. Learn about the soldiers diet at the front.


View a working printshop and understand the importance of this media during war time.


Nature Of Science Levels 1 - 4

Students explore the application of science in communication systems both on the home front and on the battle field. The application of electricity is investigated through a fully functioning Morse telegraph, and genuine wartime trench phones, connected to a manual telephone exchange.

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