The unit is divided into three sections:


The VIEW section is teacher-led with students responding to a prompt and then watching a short documentary on the School of the Air.

Click through the sequence to access the discussion points for students after they have watched the documentary.


In EXPLORE students start with a writing or speaking task reflecting on their own experiences about needing medical care.

Once completed, students enter a 3D digital experience of the Broken Hill Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) base. They click the first link to navigate around the outside of a Royal Flying Doctor Service plane. They use the second link to explore the inside of the plane. By clicking on the stories in order, they can find out how the RFDS can help children in the outback access medical care.


In MAKE, students respond to the themes encountered in VIEW and EXPLORE to develop a written or digital piece for the School of the Air magazine.


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

History: Foundation – 2

Historical Concepts and Skills

Sequence significant events about personal and family history to create a chronological narrative. (VCHHC053)

Historical sources as evidence

Identify the content features of primary sources when describing the significance of people, places or events. (VCHHC054)

Identify perspectives about changes to daily life from people in the past or present. (VCHHC055)

Continuity and change

Identify examples of continuity and change in family life and in the local area by comparing past and present. (VCHHC056)

Historical significance

Identify the significance of a person and/or place in the local community. (VCHHC057)

Historical Knowledge

Personal histories

How the present, past and future are signified by terms indicating and describing time. (VCHHK060)

Differences and similarities between students’ daily lives and perspectives of life during their parents’ and grandparents’ childhoods, including family traditions, leisure time and communications. (VCHHK061)

Community histories
The history of a significant person, building, site or part of the natural environment in the local community and what it reveals about the past. (VCHHK063)
The significance today of an historical site of cultural or spiritual importance. (VCHHK064)

The effect of changing technology on people’s lives and their perspectives on the significance of that change. (VCHHK065)