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Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

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Documentary for a day program

Teacher checklist


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.


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

All staff and adult visitors must be fully vaccinated. 


View the YouTube track overview videos.

Buffalo Creek Track

Doyle and Warada loop track


Participants will be bushwalking during the day in rugged terrain.

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


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

Students wear reusable name tag and sports uniform.

View Preparing for an excursion
Supporting resources

Eucalypt forest digital book - available free from Apple Books

Fact sheets

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. 

Students, staff and visitors must not attend if unwell, even with mild symptoms. 

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 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 for up to three classes


Classes A, B, C

9.45 - 10.15 Pre-production - Introduction and brainstorming
10.15 - 10.30 Recess
10.30 - 11.30 Scripts and narration
11.30 - 12.30 Production - Filming
12.30 - 1.00 Lunch
1.00 - 2.00 Post-production - Editing and movie screening
2.15 Depart

Learning activities

Students will be introduced to the techniques of documentary fim making. They will create an informative and entertaining documentary on iPads showcasing the incredible features of the Field of Mars Reserve bushland.



In the classroom, students will be introduced to the process of documentary making. A Field of Mars produced documentary is shown to outline the production steps, narration that is used to inform, camera techniques and editing. Students go ouside to brainstorm topics and select appropriate sets.

Scripts and narration

Students develop scripts through field observations and research using multimodal digital texts. Scripts are then recorded as a narration.



With their newly acquired camera techniques students go into the field to capture stunning imagery to compliment their scripts. Matching audio with vision is the key to engaging  documentary making.


Editing and movie screening

The final process in creating documentaries is to edit in movie making apps and adding appropriate soundtracks from our portfolio of copyright free music.

A movie screening is enjoyed to complete the day.

Syllabus outcomes and content

NSW English K-10 Syllabus 

Stage 2 

EN2-1A Respond to and compose texts

  • interact effectively in groups or pairs, adopting a range of roles 

  • use interaction skills, including active listening behaviours and communicate in a clear, coherent manner using a variety of everyday and learned vocabulary and appropriate tone, pace, pitch and volume (ACELY1688, ACELY1792) 

EN2-2A Respond to and compose texts 

  • plan, compose and review imaginative and persuasive texts

  • plan and organise ideas using headings, graphic organisers, questions and mind maps

EN2-3A Respond to and compose texts

  • use a range of software including word processing programs to construct, edit and publish written text, and select, edit and place visual, print and audio elements (ACELY1685, ACELY1697) 

English K-10 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2012