Foundation Phase

Simply Machines

The Simple Machines sessions are an excellent solution for introducing students to key simple machines concepts while building concepts such as gears, pulleys, levers, wheels and axles through observation, teamwork and communication skills. The students will discover basic physical science reasoning, prediction and critical thinking.

 Key Learning Values:

Mobile Refresh

  • observing and investigating simple machines: gears, wheels and axles, levers and pulleys

Rebuilt From the Inside Out

  • following a design brief as part of the engineering design process


Extensive Demographic Studies

  • investigating and working through observations, reasoning, predicting, reflecting and critical thinking

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Digital Competency Framework



Identity, Image and Reputation

Recognise that actions have consequences and identify simple rules to keep them safe (offline and online)

Distinguish between someone they know and someone they have never met

Digital Rights, Licensing and Ownership

Add name and date to work they have created and give reasons why this is important.


Planning, Sourcing and Searching

Identify some success criteria in response to questions

Plan how to complete a task in relation to identified success criteria.

Use keywords to search for specific information to solve a problem.

Evaluating and Improving

Describe in response to questions some of what has been done in the task

Identify what worked/went well and what didn’t, giving some of the reasons for their choices/thoughts/opinions e.g. spot mistakes and use editing tools to improve work.

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