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Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

Experience Engage Enable

Telephone02 9816 1298

Emailfieldofmar-e.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Schoolyard safari program

Teacher checklist

Location

Field of Mars Reserve, 220 Pittwater Road, East Ryde

Wallumedegal Country

Google maps - Apple maps.

Bus access

Supply bus driver with Field of Mars Reserve bus information

No bus entry into Field of Mars Reserve.

Cost

DoE $22 per student - GST free

Non-gov school cost $32 per student - GST free, minimum charge $600

Risk assessment

Risk management plan

COVID-19 safety plan

Tracks

View the YouTube track overview videos.

Buffalo Creek track

Doyle and Warada loop track

Welfare

Participants will be bushwalking during the day in rugged terrain.

This excursion may not be suitable for people who have recently been unwell.

Bring

Backpack, medication, low-waste food, water bottle, sunblock, raincoat, hat, sturdy shoes.

Students wear reusable name tag and sports uniform.

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Preparing for an excursion

Supporting resources

Student activities

Invertebrate Explorer - available for free from Apple Books

Bin access

All student waste to be taken home by students.

Parent/carer helpers

Optional one parent per class, no siblings. Closed shoes essential. 

Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Medical or special needs

Notify Field of Mars staff prior to excursion. 

Sick students or adults to stay at home.

Extreme or wet weather

Days predicted to be above 35ºC, high winds, extreme bush fire danger and dust storms may result in the excursion being modified, postponed or cancelled. 

Cancellations

Cancellations with less than three school weeks' notice will incur a $500 administration fee. This does not apply to cancellations due to weather, fire danger or COVID-19 restrictions.


Suggested timetable

Time

Classes A, B

Classes C, D

9.45 - 10.30

Introduction

Recess and toilets

Introduction

Recess and toilets

10.30 - 12.00
Bushwalk into the Field of Mars Reserve bushland
Invertebrate investigations
12.00 - 12.30

 Lunch and toilets

Lunch and toliets

12.30 - 2.00
Invertebrate investigations

Bushwalk into the Field of Mars Reserve bushland

2.00 - 2.15

Pack up, toilets and depart

Pack up, toilets and depart


Learning activities 

Students will investigate where small animals and invertebrates live in the bush, and what their features are.

Inquiry questions

  • Where do invertebrates and small vertebrate animals live?

  • What are the features of invertebrate and small vertebrate animals?

  • How do invertebrate and small vertebrate animals behave?

Fieldwork

Bushwalk

On a bushwalk traversing a variety of environments, students will observe the different places in the natural environment that invertebrates are found. Many invertebrate species will remain hidden during the walk, so particular emphasis will be placed on looking for animal evidence such as tracks, scats and sounds.

Build a bug 

The session will be introduced with the picture book The Ugly Bug. Students will then work in small groups to undertake tree shake surveys that dislodge invertebrates from the foliage of shrubs for collection and observation. Students will use paper clay to create small clay models of invertebrates based on their observations of the collected invertebrates, embedded invertebrate specimens, and The Ugly Bug illustrations.

Invertebrate investigation

Students will work in small groups to search for and collect leaf litter invertebrates in the gardens surrounding the Field of Mars education centre. Collected specimens will then be examined for their structural features using personal magnifiers, and identified using ID charts. Some of the collected invertebrates will be magnified onto the IWB and features and adaptations will be explained.


Syllabus outcomes and content

Science and technology K-6 Syllabus (2017) 

Outcomes

A student:

  • observes, questions and collects data to communicate and compare ideas ST1-1WS-S 
  • describes observable features of living things and their environments ST1-4LW-S 

Content

Working Scientifically

Students:

  • explore and answer questions through participation in guided scientific investigations
  • compare observations with those of others
  • make safe choices when using materials and equipment

External features of living things

Students:

  • describe the external features of a variety of living things

Living things live in different places

Students:

  • identify that living things live in different places that suit their needs

Other syllabus links

Learning experiences will also support but not explicitly teach the following outcomes and content.

Geography K-10 Syllabus (2015) 

Outcomes

A student:

  • describes features of places and the connections people have with places GE1-1 
  • communicates geographical information and uses geographical tools for inquiry GE1-3 

Content

Features of places

Students:

  • investigate features of places and how they can be cared for, for example: 

  • description of the natural and human features of places

  • consideration of how a place can be cared for

Curriculum note - This excursion is aligned with the language, learning models and experiences of the Primary Connections Stage 1 unit Schoolyard Safari.

Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2017

Geography K-10 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2015