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Levels 3-4  |  Simple Machines

Session outline

Simple Machines (50 minutes) Students explore simple machines to uncover the ingenious technology of the 1850s.

Classroom resources

Sovereign Hill Education blog posts: In praise of Washing Machines and Ten 1850s Inventions and Innovations
Teaching Kit: Constructing the Past

Victorian curriculum connections

Levels 3-4:
Students explore the history and diversity of their community. In this band, students will apply the following historical concepts and skills to the historical knowledge: sequencing chronology, using historical sources as evidence, identifying continuity and change, analysing causes and effect and determining historical significance.

Levels 3-4:
The curriculum focus is on recognising questions that can be investigated scientifically and undertaking investigations. They apply their knowledge to make predictions based on interactions within systems, including those involving the actions of humans.

Physical Sciences. Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance.

Levels 3-4: Students develop ways of thinking about their peers and communities and as consumers and a sense of self and ownership of their ideas. Students explore and learn to harness their creative, innovative and imaginative ideas and approaches to achieve designed solutions. They show an understanding of the importance of planning when designing solutions, in particular when collaborating.

Critical and Creative Thinking
Levels 3-4: The curriculum focuses on developing the knowledge, skills and understanding to improve and monitor thinking. Students learn and consider the advantages of different thinking techniques. Students learn there are different ways to respond to problems, visualise thinking and think more effectively.

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