Years 5 & 6

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.

Curriculum-linked Trails

Science of Rail Trail

The activities in this excursion worksheet are based on the science stations located throughout the Museum. Through hands-on experimentation, students will develop and understanding of energy and change and how these concepts apply to real life and rail related contexts. The activities are aligned with the Australian Curriculum: Science for Years 6 to 8 students.

Trainspotting Trail

Upper primary students can use this trail to explore the Museum in greater depth.

Curriculum-linked Excursion Project

Working in the Past: Year 5 History & English

This program of work can be linked into in-class units of work on Australia’s colonial past and is aligned with the Australian Curriculum: History and English. It looks at the advent of rail in Queensland and the continuity and change of railway workers’ roles over time. There are a range of activities and resources that Year 5 students can complete before, during and after an excursion to the Museum, at which they can access a wide range of primary and secondary sources and artefacts.

Self-guided trails and projects are free. 

NEW! Facilitated Programs in 2019

Introduction to the Railway Workshops

Get on board and take a journey to enrich your Museum visit.This staff-led presentation is accompanied with a self-guided ‘scavenger hunt’ that will get your students thinking critically while exploring objects, little and large.This multi-sensory presentation and investigation motivates inquiry learning, while taking you through the museum collections.

Audience: Year 5 & 6
Curriculum: HASS | History | Geography; Technologies | Design and Technologies

Then and Now – Rail in Queensland

This session explores how innovations such as the Railways influenced the cultural landscape of early Queensland. The authentic site of the Ipswich Railway Workshops is brought to life as students participate in a “day in the life” of a railway worker. This staff-led program uses collections of objects, images and stories to help students form connections between Humanities and Social Science, Technologies and Chemical and Earth Sciences.

Audience: Year 5 & 6
Curriculum: HASS | History | Geography; Technologies | Design and Technologies; Science

Facilitated programs incur a $6 per student fee.