Prep to Year 2

These resources are provided for teachers and students to assist in exploring the Museum. Materials may also be used to assist in the delivery of classroom lessons.

 

Trails

Shapes and Numbers Trail – Prep

This trail provides an opportunity for Prep students to follow a trail that visits most parts of the Museum. It is based on shapes and numbers where students are required to search for shapes within the buildings, locomotives, carriages and goods wagons, and complete number and counting related activities about these items. The activities in this trail are aligned with the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics.

Nippers Trail

A simple activity booklet for students to use to find their way through some of the museum's exhibits.

Number Trail – Years 1 & 2 Mathematics and English

This worksheet provides an opportunity for years 1 and 2 students to follow a trail that visits most parts of the Museum. The trail is based on numbers, with activities related to the item of rolling stock bearing that number. Students are required to search for these numbers on locomotives, carriages and goods wagons. These activities are aligned with the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics. The activities also prompt students to read the interpretive panels and they provide opportunities for discussion about nearby displays. If there are done in order, students will follow a trail that takes them around most of the Museum.  

Simple Machines Push and Pull Trail – Year 2 Science

This excursion worksheet encourages Year 2 students to explore various zones of the Museum and is aimed at helping them develop an understanding of the components of simple machines and systems, such as stationary objects being subjected to pushes and pulls, and how these concepts apply to railway contexts. The responses to activities vary in nature and some require hands-on participation, and encourage critical thinking and problem solving skills. This worksheet is aligned with the Australian Curriculum: Science.

‘I Spy’ Trail - Years 2 & 3 History and English

This downloadable and printable resource is designed for Years 2 and 3 students visiting the Museum. Students are provided with snapshots of parts of the objects on display in the Museum and search the different zones to find the full object and complete the questions. The activities are aligned with the Australian Curriculum: History and English, and encourage students to engage in a variety of tasks that cultivate their understanding of the past and the present, and community and remembrance. They will also develop their reading, viewing, writing and creating skills.

 

Presentations

Introduction and Orientation to The Workshops Rail Museum

In this presentation, visitors are introduced to the Museum through a series of images. The history of the Ipswich Railway Workshops site is shared as well as an overview of the Museum and its different zones to help orientate students to the Museum, especially if they are utilising one of the Museum’s online education resources. For more information, contact our Learning, Events and Activities Officer when you make your booking.

Years 2 to 7 Simple Machines Presentation

This visual presentation provides an overview of the six simple machines, their uses and the types of rail-related and everyday objects in which these machines can be found. Realia and images add to the learning experience and students are able to contribute throughout the presentation through quick quizzes and challenge questions. Suitable for multiple year levels from Year 2 to Year 7. For more information, contact our Learning, Events and Activities Officer when you make your booking.

 

Workshops

Simple Machines

This workshop is a hands-on approach to learning about simple machines. It can be tailored to suit children aged 7-13 years. The workshop will give students an opportunity to explore simple machines using specialised LEGO kits and will look at how simple machines can be used at home, school and in the railway.

Bookings are essential and charges apply.

Wood Workshop

The Wood Workshops will allow students to exercise their physical and creative skills. Using vices, hammers, nails, bolts and screws students will create their own wooden toy train. Sessions are suitable for children aged 5-12 years. Sessions are supported by a package of pre and post visit activities.

Bookings are essential and charges apply.