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Years 3-4

Session Description

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

Classroom Resources

Research notes from Sovereign Hills Education Blog:In praise of Washing Machines and Ten 1850s Inventions and Innovations
Teaching Kit from Sovereign Hills Education Website: Constructing the Past
Useful Internet site: SBS Gold, Science and Technology

Victorian Curriculum

In Levels 3 and 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.

In Levels 3 and 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.

Critical and Creative Thinking
In Levels 3 and 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.

In Levels 3 and 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.

Cross Curriculum Priority

History Level 3 and 4
A significant example of change and a significant example of continuity over time in the local community, region or state/territory.

Science Levels 3 and 4 Science knowledge helps people to understand the effects of their actions.