Year 3 & 4

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.



'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.

Simple Machines Scavenger Hunt – Year 4 Science Trail

This trail develops students’ understanding of simple machines, the work they do and how they are utilised in real life railway contexts. Students will search for different types of simple machines within the buildings, locomotives, carriages and wagons in the Museum, and complete activities relating to these objects. They will identify the direct and indirect forces in the form of simple machines and communicate their ideas and understanding. The activities are aligned with the Australian Curriculum: Science for Year 4 students.



Rail Transportation: Past and Present – Year 3 History and English

This program of work aims to enhance students’ understanding of train development and rail as a form of transport over time and encourage students to reflect on the experiences, attitudes and histories of family members and others in relation to train travel.

It is aligned with the Australia Curriculum: History and English and can be linked to school units of work on Continuity and Remembrance. The student worksheet consists of activities students can do before, during and after their visit to the Museum. There is also a teacher guide and resources section included in the program.



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.



Power of Repulsion (Years 4-7)

In this workshop, students investigate magnetic forces through a range of hands-on activities, demonstrations, discussions and images. It is designed to support in-class units of work on forces, motion, pushes and pulls. Students develop their skills in scientific knowledge and inquiry, design and construction, and collaboration through a series of activities where they design and build prototypes to test their knowledge of magnetic forces. The culminating activity is to design, build, test and refine a maglev (magnetic levitation) train.

Curriculum: Science | Physical Sciences; Design and Technologies | Processes and Production Skills

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.      

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 for all workshops. To book go to the online booking form.