Public transport Teachers Hub

A one-stop shop for public transport safety and travel education resources for teachers and students.

The resources in this hub align with PTV’s learning outcomes of public transport safety and public transport awareness and use:

  • Students understand why their actions are important to being safe on and around public transport
  • Students know how to be safe on and around public transport
  • Students are aware of the opportunities to use public transport
  • Students understand personal and societal benefits of public transport
  • Students are confident to use public transport

These resources may be used free of charge for non-commercial educational purposes.

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For primary school teachers

Civics and Citizenship

How do you make a difference?

Level 5-6
Victorian Curriculum Codes: VCCCG010, VCCC015

A PTV unit where students determine what changes they would like to see in public transport. They research who is responsible for that particular area, how decisions are made and how would they make a difference. Students also review safety information from public transport authorities and create their own advice that targets primary school-aged children.

Download the sequence (PDF) 915 KB

Critical and Creative Thinking

The Ad Campaign

Level 6
Victorian Curriculum Code: VCCCTQ023

A PTV unit where students identify and research a public transport safety issue. Using recent campaigns as models, they consider elements such as visual, emotive and figurative language, similes, humour, catchy music and themes and determine the key messages/elements of the campaign. Finally, they create a slogan and key messaging and use it in a persuasive text e.g. a billboard, a series of text messages, a television advertisement.

Download the sequence (PDF) 895 KB

Download the sample bingo resource (PDF) 40 KB

Design and Technologies

Design Dilemma

Level 5-6
Victorian Curriculum Codes: VCDSTS033, VCDSCD038, VCDSCD039, VCDSCD041

A PTV unit where students will develop awareness of the needs of diverse commuters on our public transport system. Their focus will be on how commuters can safely travel on public transport, especially with regard to getting on and off – boarding and alighting. Students investigate the challenges involved in getting on and off transport for users with additional needs, for example commuters in wheelchairs. They identify the specific needs and relate these back to the safe use of public transport.

Download the sequence (PDF) 496 KB

Download the trains and train stations resource (PDF) 741 KB

Download the accessibility resource (PDF) 1 MB

Digital Technologies

Sustainable Travel

Level 5-6
Victorian Curriculum Codes: VCDTCD031, VCDCTCD034

A PTV unit where students design and pitch ideas for an app that informs users of the cost associated with various forms of transport. The goal of the app is to give an indicator of the financial and environmental cost of different forms of transport to travel to the same location, building an understanding of the relatively cheaper cost and reduced environmental impact of utilising public transport options.

Download the sequence (PDF) 690 KB

English

Being a Good Commuter

Foundation
Victorian Curriculum Code: VCELY125

A PTV unit where students consider different examples of social behaviour on public transport, such as not putting feet on seats, leaving access to doors, taking off backpacks when standing, offering your seat, not talking loudly, and explore the impacts of these behaviours on others. Students examine symbols and signage used in public transport such as, not putting your feet on the seat, priority seating etc, and how these symbols and signage convey information. Students create their own symbols to promote good behaviour.

Download the sequence (PDF) 434 KB

Download the signs and symbols resource (PDF) 276 KB

I Know How to be Safe

Foundation and Level 1 and 2

A TrackSAFE unit focusing on developing student understanding of the importance of being track safe and the key message 'Stop, Look, Listen, Think'. It builds students' familiarity with the vocabulary and key concepts related to rail safety and provides differentiated activities for writers at different stages of development, from beginning or emergent level writers to fluent writers. Lessons guide students to engage with track safety concepts as they collaboratively draft, edit and publish information texts. The activities have a strong emphasis on text structure and encourage the use of a wide range of online tools to write, edit and publish student writing. The unit also provides advice on assessment against the learning intent and outcomes.

TrackSAFE Resource

Level 3-4

A unit focusing on behaviour in and around tracks and rail infrastructure. Activities build subject-specific vocabulary and understanding of procedural text structures. Guided writing activities support students to develop a series of track safe procedures, while a slogan writing activity focuses on effective ways to communicate the key ideas with others. The activities have a strong emphasis on text structure and encourage the use of a wide range of online tools to write, edit and publish student writing. The unit also provides advice on assessment against the learning intent and outcomes.

TrackSAFE Resource

Level 5-6

A unit focusing on the influences that impact on safe behaviours in and around tracks, platforms and trains. Guided activities build students' rail safety vocabulary including grammar and word building. Modelled writing activities support students to shape a research-based inquiry investigating factors that impact on safety around trains and tracks. The unit culminates with activities developing creative ways to communicate the key messages revealed through their research. The unit also provides advice on assessment against the learning intent and outcomes.

Welcome to Victoria!

Level 5 
Victorian Curriculum Code: VCELY329

Welcome to Victoria!

Level 6 
Victorian Curriculum Code: VCELY358

A PTV unit where students create a tour pack for a day trip for a family of four who are visiting Victoria and wish to travel by public transport. Students use public transport sites to develop an itinerary that includes a visit to their local area (or if there is limited public transport in their area, to the nearest public transport point). The pack needs to include transport costs, maps and information about the sites they are promoting.

Download the sequence (PDF) 698 KB

Download the student task (PDF) 310 KB

How do you make a difference?

Level 5 
Victorian Curriculum Code: VCELY319, VCELY329

How do you make a difference?

Level 6 
Victorian Curriculum Code: VCELY347, VCELY358

A PTV unit where students determine what changes they would like to see in public transport. They research who is responsible for that particular area, how decisions are made and how would they make a difference. Students also review safety information from public transport authorities and create their own advice that targets primary school-aged children.

Download the sequence (PDF) 915 KB

The Ad Campaign

Level 6 
Victorian Curriculum Code: VCELA339

A PTV unit where students identify and research a public transport safety issue. Using recent campaigns as models, they consider elements such as visual, emotive and figurative language, similes, humour, catchy music and themes and determine the key messages/elements of the campaign. Finally, they create a slogan and key messaging and use it in a persuasive text e.g. a billboard, a series of text messages, a television advertisement.

Download the sequence (PDF) 895 KB

Download the sample bingo resource (PDF) 40 KB

Ethical Capability

Being a Good Commuter

Foundation - Level 2
Victorian Curriculum Codes: VCECU001, VCECD002

A PTV unit where students consider different examples of social behaviour on public transport, such as, not putting feet on seats, leaving access to doors, taking off backpacks when standing, offering your seat, not talking loudly, and explore the impacts of these behaviours on others. Students examine symbols and signage used in public transport such as, not putting your feet on the seat, priority seating etc, and how these symbols and signage convey information. Students create their own symbols to promote good behaviour.

Download the sequence (PDF) 434 KB

Download the signs and symbols resource (PDF) 276 KB

Health and Physical Education

TrackSAFE Education: Health and Physical Education unit of work

Foundation and Level 1 and 2

A TrackSAFE unit that introduces students to the importance of safe behaviours in and around tracks and stations based on a real or virtual visit to a station, local level crossing and tracks. The central focus is familiarisation with main elements of the train network and responsible actions around crossings, platforms and tracks including understanding the key behaviour of 'Stop, Look, Listen, Think’. 

TrackSAFE Education: Health and Physical Education unit of work

Levels 3 and 4

A unit focusing on students becoming aware of unsafe situations and using self-talk to keep themselves safe. Students identify strategies to avoid unsafe situations and communicate their understandings by creating comic strips, role plays and games. Finally, students are challenged to identify an idea that could affect positive change and collaboratively create an action plan targeting teenagers to implement the change.

Kids on the Move program

Levels 3-4 and 5-6

A TAC program of study of public transport for middle primary students in Victoria. The module includes key ideas linked to environmental and health benefits from using public transport, planning a journey, and safety issues. Classroom activities, links to public transport sites and a glossary of road safety terms are also included.

Years 5-6

In this unit, students work collaboratively to develop definitions of the word 'safe' and apply their understanding by identifying strategies and design solutions to enhance safety and bring attention to the negative influences that impact young people's safety around train tracks, stations and platforms. They use popular media campaigns as a stimulus to create their own media messages and debate track safety issues. The unit culminates with a focus on addressing challenges and strategies to improve safety for themselves and others.

Mathematics

Welcome to Victoria!

Level 5 
Victorian Curriculum Code: VCMNA191, VCMSP207

Welcome to Victoria!

Level 6 
Victorian Curriculum Code: VCMNA218

A PTV unit where students create a tour pack for a day trip for a family of four who are visiting Victoria and wish to travel by public transport. Students use public transport sites to develop an itinerary that includes a visit to their local area (or if there is limited public transport in their area, to the nearest public transport point). The pack needs to include transport costs, maps and information about the sites they are promoting.

Download the sequence (PDF) 698 KB

Download the student task (PDF) 310 KB

Science

Friction

Level 3-4 
Victorian Curriculum Code: VCSSU064

A PTV unit that explores the science behind using sand for braking for trains and trams, linking students’ experiences with forces and friction and extends to other examples. Examine students’ current conceptions and misconceptions and uses examples of road surfaces for students who are in areas without easy access to trains or trams.

Download the sequence (PDF) 696 KB

Download the student resource (PDF) 245 KB

Download the tram sand sequence (PDF) 606 KB

The Arts

Lines for Staying Safe

Foundation and Level 1-2

A TrackSAFE unit using the idea of track safe behaviours as the stimulus for Arts activities including the lines on a platform to explore artworks that use line as medium; dramatising safe behaviours through role play; and exploring sounds and music associated with trains to compose and perform music that simulates a train journey. 

TrackSAFE Resource

Level 3-4

A unit using various arts practices as the stimuli for exploring the safety message of ‘Stop, Look, Listen, Think’. Students create woven artworks to incorporate safety messages; they collaboratively develop a play about safety; and explore rap as a music form and combined with dance, convey a safety message in a performance.

TrackSAFE Resource

Level 5-6

A unit using dance, drama, visual arts and music to communicate student-created safety messages. Using a community-based scenario, students devise an improvised drama and choreograph a dance to highlight the importance of safe track-side behaviours; they use artworks to explore the effect of colour before creating a cartoon-based advertising campaign; finally, students explore the musical elements of nursery rhymes and jingles in order to create the musical backing for a video commercial to promote a track safe message. 

The Arts, Media Arts

The Ad Campaign

Level 6
Victorian Curriculum Code: VCAMAP031

A PTV unit where students identify and research a public transport safety issue. Using recent campaigns as models, they consider elements such as visual, emotive and figurative language, similes, humour, catchy music and themes and determine the key messages/elements of the campaign. Finally, they create a slogan and key messaging and use it in a persuasive text e.g. a billboard, a series of text messages, a television advertisement.

Download the sequence (PDF) 895 KB

Download the sample bingo resource (PDF) 40 KB

For primary school students

Health and Physical Education

TrackSAFE Interactive Board Game

Levels 1-2, 3-4 and 5-6

An interactive board game for two or three players that reinforces student's understanding of rail safety. Students takes turns to work their way around a board answering questions and statements that focus on safe and positive behaviours.

TrackSAFE Student Website

Years 1-2, 3-4 and 5-6

A website offering links to picture book competitions, photographs reinforcing safety information, and facts on topics such as train speeds and frequency, laws dealing with railways, physical and social effects of unsafe behaviour and different types of level crossings.

For secondary school teachers

Critical and Creative Thinking

The Ad Campaign

Level 7
Victorian Curriculum Codes: VCCCTQ034

A PTV unit where students identify and research a public transport safety issue. Using recent campaigns as models, they consider elements such as visual, emotive and figurative language, similes, humour, catchy music and themes and determine the key messages/elements of the campaign. Finally, they create a slogan and key messaging and use it in a persuasive text e.g. a billboard, a series of text messages, a television advertisement.

Download the sequence (PDF) 895 KB

Download the sample bingo resource (PDF) 40 KB

Digital Technologies

Travel Safe

Level 7-8
Victorian Curriculum Codes: VCDTCD041, VCDTCD043

A PTV unit where students create a brief for an app to plan and book their journey on public transport, including a safety feature. Students create a set of design specifications, including illustrations, to show functionality.

Download the sequence (PDF) 549 KB

English

Ethical Consequences

Level 7
Victorian Curriculum Codes: VCELY396

Ethical Consequences

Level 8
Victorian Curriculum Codes: VCELY427

A PTV unit where students explore a range of ethical issue (or one) relating to public transport. The unit content will explore the extent of ethical obligations in our society and the implications for thinking about consequences and duties in decision-making and action.

Students will be presented with an ethical framework to structure their inquiry and gather evidence to support the various viewpoints.

Download the sequence (PDF) 321 KB

Download the scenario outline resource (PDF) 194 KB

The Ad Campaign

Level 7
Victorian Curriculum Codes: VCELA370, VCELY387

A PTV unit where students identify and research a public transport safety issue. Using recent campaigns as models, they consider elements such as visual, emotive and figurative language, similes, humour, catchy music and themes and determine the key messages/elements of the campaign. Finally, they create a slogan and key messaging and use it in a persuasive text e.g. a billboard, a series of text messages, a television advertisement. 

Download the sequence (PDF) 895 KB

Download the sample bingo resource (PDF) 40 KB

TrackSAFE Resource

Levels 7 and 8

A unit using visual and multimodal texts to promote how to be a safe, active and responsible citizen on and around the rail network. Learning opportunities include identification, comparison, deconstruction and creation of visual and multimodal texts.

TrackSAFE Resource

Years 9-10

A unit using visual and multimodal texts to explore rail safety on and around the rail network. Specific topics include evaluative language, persuasive text, comparing texts and the creation of a visual and multimodal campaign to promote rail safety.

Ethical Capability

Ethical Consequences

Level 7-8
Victorian Curriculum Codes: VCECD017, VCECD018

A PTV unit where students explore a range of ethical issues (or one) relating to public transport. The unit content will explore the extent of ethical obligations in our society and the implications for thinking about consequences and duties in decision-making and action.
Students will be presented with an ethical framework to structure their inquiry and gather evidence to support the various viewpoints.

Download the sequence (PDF) 321 KB

Download the scenario outline resource (PDF) 194 KB

Health and Physical Education

TrackSAFE Resource

Level 7-8

A unit on how to be a safe, active and responsible citizen on and around the rail network. The resource focuses on identifying the hazards and the hazardous behaviours and influences, such as emotions and peer pressure, that may impact the decisions young people make on and around the rail network. 

TrackSAFE Resource

Level 9-10

A unit on how to be a safe, active and responsible citizen on and around the rail network. The resource focuses on identifying hazards, pedestrian and crowd behaviour, emotions, bullying and peer pressure that impact on the decisions young people make.

Science

Heat Changes Everything

Level 7-8
Victorian Curriculum Codes: VCSSU104, VCSSU096

A PTV unit where students explore the science behind and the impact of heat on rail lines. The unit examines the physical changes resulting from high temperatures and explores the engineering and technological measures in place to mitigate the impact of heat-affected lines. Students design a poster, web page or other communications to educate young people about the topic.

Download the sequence (PDF) 556 KB

Download the rail line student activity (PDF) 330 KB

Download the track structure and maintenance resource (PDF) 232 KB

Download the suggested online resources for rail expansion student activity (PDF) 50 KB

The Arts

TrackSAFE Resource

Level 7-8

A unit using the concept of rail safety and the setting of the rail network to explore character, roles and situations with a particular focus on bullying and the bystander effect. Learning opportunities for students include scripting, performing and revising their own drama.

TrackSAFE Resource

Level 9-10

A unit using the rail network to explore the characters, situations, viewpoints and actions that occur in this setting with a focus on how to behave safely on and around the rail network. Learning opportunities include scripting, performing and revising a drama performance as well exploration of the use of body, voice, movement and space to strengthen performance.

The Arts. Media Arts

The Ad Campaign

Level 7
Victorian Curriculum Codes: VCAMAR038

A PTV unit where students identify and research a public transport safety issue. Using recent campaigns as models, they consider elements such as visual, emotive and figurative language, similes, humour, catchy music and themes and determine the key messages/elements of the campaign. Finally, they create a slogan and key messaging and use it in a persuasive text e.g. a billboard, a series of text messages, a television advertisement.

Download the sequence

Download the sample bingo resource (PDF) 40 KB

For secondary school students

Health and Physical Education

TrackSAFE website

Level 7-10

A website that offers modern and historical rail safety videos as well as various rail safety posters. It also presents facts about train speeds and frequencies, as well as personal and social effects of dangerous train travel.