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Years 5 - 6

Session description

(90 minute session) Students design and build a model to solve a real goldfields problem and explore simple machines. ($2 per student)

Classroom resources

Research notes from Sovereign Hill’s website: Mining Technology;
VELS Sample Unit:  Constructing the Past
PowerPoint: Deep Lead Mines of Ballarat
Useful internet sites:  SBS Gold.


Victorian Curriculum

At Levels 5 and 6 …Students engage with ideas beyond the familiar, exploring how design and technologies and the people working in a range of technologies contexts contribute to society. They seek to explore innovation and establish their own design capabilities. Students are given new opportunities for clarifying their thinking, creativity, analysis, problem-solving and decision-making. … Using a range of technologies to communicate, including a variety of graphical representation techniques, students represent objects and ideas in a variety of forms such as thumbnail sketches, models, drawings, diagrams and storyboards to illustrate the development of designed solutions … Students will have the opportunity to create designed solutions (involving)… Engineering principles and systems.

In Levels 7 and 8, the curriculum focus is on explaining phenomena involving science and its applications…. They explain changes in an object’s motion by considering the interaction between multiple forces.

From Colony to Nation
In Levels 5 and 6, students study colonial Australia in the 1800s and the development of Australia as a nation … Students learn about the way of life of people who migrated to Australia and their contributions to Australia’s economic and social development.
Relevant key questions:
What do we know about the lives of people in Australia’s colonial past and how do we know?
How did colonial settlement change the environment?
Historical Knowledge:

  • The nature of convict or colonial presence, including the factors that influenced changing patterns of development, how the environment changed, and aspects of the daily life of the inhabitants,

Critical and Creative Thinking
In Levels 5 and 6, the curriculum focuses on developing the knowledge, skills and understanding to test the strength of thinking. Students develop their capacity to deliberately manage their thinking.