School Programs

Launched in 2019 - don't miss these new, curriculum-linked learning experiences. See below for scheduled dates.

Consider a Museum educator-led learning experience during your excursion. Enjoy sessions which energise, focus and stimulate discussion in students and adults.

School programs provide a unique museum experience to enrich and extend the outcomes of your visit.
Our value-added programs offer creative exploration and investigation of museum objects and/or stories through programs developed to support the Australian Curriculum.
Programs are available on selected weekdays during Queensland school terms.  

Sessions run in class sizes and cost $6 per student. Bookings are essential. Schools are invoiced post-visit for teacher convenience.

For more information about each program, click on the programs listed below.
To book your visit, select two prospective dates and fill in our online booking form.

Program delivery dates for 2020

TERM 1: Introduction to The Workshops Rail Museum 10 -14 Feb | The Industrial Revolution and the Innovation of Rail 17 - 21 Feb | Then and Now - Investigating Yesteryear, Today 2 - 6 Mar | Then and Now - Rail in Queensland 2 - 6 Mar
TERM 2: Introduction to The Workshops Rail Museum 5 - 8 May | Then and Now - Investigating Yesteryear, Today 8 -12 Jun
TERM 4: Introduction to The Workshops Rail Museum 19 - 23 Oct | Then and Now - Investigating Yesteryear, Today 16 - 20 Nov

School Programs

Introduction to The Workshops Rail Museum
Years 2 - 6

Get on board and take a journey to enrich your Museum visit.
This Museum 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.

Teachers will be sent resources including the Scavenger Hunt task sheet to duplicate and bring with their visit one week out.

Then & Now - Investigating Yesteryear, Today
Years 2 - 3

Life for families in Queensland’s past looked different to today.
This session explores how technology has changed and how life in “the olden days” may have looked to a child 100 years ago.
Using the historical backdrop of the former Ipswich Railway Workshops, students participate in guided investigations and interpretations, comparing lifestyles, technologies and
the story of rail.
This Museum staff-led program uses collections of objects, images and stories to help students understand their world, past and present.

Then & Now - Rail in Queensland
Years 5 - 6 (available 2019)

This session explores how people, discoveries and innovations such as railways shaped the cultural landscape of early Queensland.
Authentic Ipswich landmarks and Railway Workshops site are brought to life as students participate in a timeline 'journey', of those who lived and worked here.
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.

The Industrial Revolution and the Innovation of Rail
Year 9

Students explore the Ipswich Railway Workshops site, discussing the origins of rail in Britain and development within Australia.
They will look at the technological innovations that led to the Industrial Revolution, and the significance of railways in the history of Queensland.

School Program events

Throughout the school year, other free and charged events may be scheduled for school audiences.