The unit is divided into three sections:


The VIEW section begins with an inquiry question to determine how much the students know about the Royal Flying Doctor Service before the concept of the School of the Air is introduced. The teacher leads students through a series of prompts before they watch a short documentary on the School of the Air. After watching, students use Google Maps to go on a ‘virtual excursion’ to collect geographic data on the School of the Air Building in Broken Hill.


In EXPLORE, students enter a 3D environment that allows them to navigate around the outside of a Royal Flying Doctor Service plane. They follow the numbers in sequential order to hear the story of Sarah, a student at the School of the Air who requires medical assistance from the Royal Flying Doctor Service. After exiting the 3D tour, students answer a series of questions to test their understanding and listening skills.


In MAKE, students respond to the themes encountered in VIEW and EXPLORE by drawing a diagram of Sarah’s room with all the equipment and resources she needs to communicate with the School of the Air.


Students will cover the following curriculum standards in this unit of work.

Geographical Concepts and Skills

Place, space and interconnection
Identify and describe the features of places at a local scale and how they change, recognising that people describe the features of places differently (VCGGC057)

Describe and explain where places and activities are located (VCGGC058)

Identify how people are connected to different places (VCGGC059)

Data and information
Collect and record geographical data and information from the field and other sources (VCGGC060)

Represent data and the location of places and their features by constructing tables, plans and labelled maps (VCGGC061)

Interpret data and information to draw conclusions and describe the direction and location of places, using terms such as north, south, opposite, near, far (VCGGC062)

Geographical Knowledge

Places and our connections to them
Representation of the location of places and their features on maps and models, including a globe, and the location of the major geographical divisions of the world in relation to Australia (VCGGK063)

Definition of places as parts of the Earth’s surface that have been given meaning by people, and how places can be defined at a variety of scales (VCGGK064)

Natural, managed and constructed features of places, their location and how they change (VCGGK068)

Reasons why some places are special and some places are important to people and how they can be looked after (VCGGK069)

Activities in the local place and reasons for their location, and the influence of purpose, distance and accessibility on the frequency with which people visit places (VCGGK070)