Experience Engage Enable
T: Telephone02 9816 1298
Field of Mars Reserve, Pittwater Road, East Ryde
|Bus access||Supply bus driver with Field of Mars Reserve bus information
No bus entry into Field of Mars Reserve.
2023 DoE $24 per student - GST free
2023 Non-gov school cost $34 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, mask.
Students wear reusable name tag and sports uniform.
|View||Preparing for an excursion|
Eucalypt forest digital book - available free on Apple Books
NSW Department of Education English support site
|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||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.|
Classes A, B, C
|9.45 - 10.15||Introduction|
|10.15 - 10.30||Recess|
|10.30 - 10.45||Equipment distribution|
|10.45 - 12.45||
- location scouting
- poem development
- macro photography
|12.45 - 1.15||Lunch|
|1.15 - 2.00||iMovie studio - visuals and audio|
|2.00- 2.15||Pack up and depart|
During this program students will collaborate on the development of a digital communication product using a range of apps, poetic devices and visual literacy strategies.
Students will develop environmental vocabulary and use the English textual concept of perspective to create a five senses poem based on the experiences of a minifigure. They will learn how to take high quality macro photographs and create a digital story to bring their poem to life.
Poetic adventures - composing
During this session the students will walk to a variety of locations in the Field of Mars Reserve.
At each location students will work in pairs to compose a sentence for their poem from the perspective of their minifigure. They will be exposed to a range of descriptive words that describe bushland locations and objects in nature.
Students will be introduced to macro photography and how to compose shots using visual literacy skills to illustrate their poem.
During this session students will review and edit images taken in the field. Using iMovie or a similar app the students will develop a sequence of images to support their poem. They will narrate their poem, add titles and select a complementary soundtrack. Completed products will be sent back to school via Google Drive.
English textual concept - perspective
Students recognise that their understanding of the worlds in texts are shaped by their own personal experience and their own culture.
They learn that views of the world in texts:
may differ from each other
are based on selections
may be represented in various ways in different modes and media.
English K-10 Syllabus (2012)
Speaking and listening 1
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)
Writing and representing 1
plan, compose and review imaginative and persuasive texts
plan and organise ideas using headings, graphic organisers, questions and mind maps
Handwriting and using digital technologies
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)
Other syllabus links
Learning experiences will also support but not explicitly teach the following outcomes and content.
Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus (2018)
Geography K-10 Syllabus (2015)
Places are similar and different
The Earth’s environment
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
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
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
English textual concepts © NSW Department of Education, 2016
Field of Mars Reserve
East Ryde NSW 2112
telephone 02 9816 1298
We’d like to acknowledge the Wallumedegal Peoples of the Darug Nation, the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we stand and pay our respects to Elders past and present.
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