Then and Now Yr 5-6

Then and Now - Rail in Queensland

Audience: Years 5-6
Duration: allow 45 minutes per session. Rotations for large groups will be hourly to include reset period.A work train crosses Fitzgibbon’s Bridge on the Main Range soon after completion, 1867. Source – Queensland Rail, Queensland Museum
Curriculum: HASS - History, Geography | Technologies - Design and Technologies | Science - Chemical Sciences
Monday - Thursday, Terms 1 - 4, weeks 2 - 9

Students participate in a journey through time from the early colonial period to the present, exploring the lives of convicts, miners, railway employees and Museum workers.
This staff-led session explores how innovations such as the railways influenced the cultural landscape of early Queensland.

Referencing the historical Ipswich region and the authentic site of the Ipswich Railway Workshops, students examine objects, images and stories, forming connections between Humanities and Social Science, Technologies, Chemical and Earth Sciences.

Students will

  • Engage in guided discussion about early settlement and the expansion of the colony, separation and the spread of peoples
  • Compare populations; social and natural landscapes; clothing, jobs, economies and technologies through a then and now lens
  • Become familiar with the significance of the Ipswich Railway Workshops site and the local Ipswich region
  • Use a range of sources to provide historical evidence
  • Recognise the influence of railways upon continuity and change in communities, past and present

Learning Outcomes

  • Making connections between historical, geographical, political, economic, and societal factors
  • Observing, identifying and interpreting objects and sites to devise an inquiry or draw conclusions (e.g. about materials, histories, energy transfer, employment conditions, etc.)
  • Developing curiosity and imagination.
  • Building skills fundamental to understanding ourselves and others.
  • Celebrating museum collections and the role of a museum in documenting change.

Session Details

  • Program led by Museum staff
  • $6.00 per student. Supervising adults FREE
  • Minimum 10 students

Group Visit Information

For information on booking a group into a program and additional information for your visit, go to the Planning your school visit page. Groups may be allocated time for self-guided Museum exploration during school program rotation.