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Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

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Digital woodlands program

Teacher checklist


Field of Mars Reserve, 220 Pittwater Road, East Ryde.

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. Non-gov min 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 been recently unwell.
Bring Backpack, medication, low-waste food, water bottle, sunblock, raincoat, hat, sturdy shoes.

Students wear reusable name tag and sports uniform.
Watch Preparing for an excursion.
Supporting resources

Eucalypt forest digital book

Bin access All student waste to be taken home by students.
Parent/carer helpers Optional one parent per class, no siblings.

Check covid restrictions.
Medical or special needs

Notify EEC 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 or fire danger.

Suggested timetable

The suggested timetable is suitable for up to three classses.



9.45 - 10.30 Introduction - taking great photos
10.30 - 10.45 Recess
10.45 - 12.15 Field photography
12.15 - 12.45 Lunch
12.45 - 1.45 Photo finish - editing, printing and digital book creation
1.45 - 2.00 Photo gallery
2.15 Depart

Digital woodlands program


Students will be introduced to the techniques and methods of digital photography. They will create a portfolio of the special features of the bushland found in the Field of Mars Reserve. 

Learning activities

Taking great photos

In the classroom, students will be introduced to skills, techniques and methodologies of digital photography. Topics will include how to take a photo with an iPad, rule of thirds, composition, macro, etc. 

Time will be provided to practise some of these techniques in the bush. Where appropriate, these will be linked to students’ existing understanding of visual literacy.

Field photography

During this time the students will be working in pairs sharing a Field of Mars iPad. One student will use the iPad to frame and compose a photo while the other will focus and take the photo. 

The idea of a nature theme will focus students on the task of finding opportunities to create images that represent life within a reserve while also practising photography techniques. 

We can also set a theme based on your current class topic such as national parks, plants, habitats, etc.

Photo finish

During this session the students will review and cull photos taken out in the field. The remaining photos should contain the best examples of life in the reserve. 

Students select their best photo to be printed on A4 photo paper at Field of Mars EEC. Photos will be returned to your school with a photo frame on a later date. 

The framed photos can be used to create a gallery which provides opportunity for students to view each other's work, and discuss the techniques used and the special features of each photograph.

Students construct a photo story with their best photos using the Book Creator app running on an iPad.  The completed book will be saved as a PDF or ePub file and sent to your school via Google drive.

Photo gallery

Students view a slide show of the days best photos and discuss the features and techniques used.

Syllabus outcomes and content

NSW Visual arts K-6 syllabus (2006)

Stage 2

VAS2.1 represents the qualities of experiences and things that are interesting or beautiful by choosing among aspects of subject matter

  • focuses on details of subject matter and areas of beauty, interest, awe, wonder and delight 

VAS2.2 uses the forms to suggest the qualities of subject matter

  • experiments with techniques in… photography… to create particular effects to suggest such things as close-ups, middle distance…

Stage 3

VAS3.1 investigates subject matter in an attempt to represent likenesses of thing in the world

  • closely observes details of things in the world and seeks to make artworks about these using various techniques such as proportion, perspective, composition, foreshortening 


Other syllabus links

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

NSW English K-10 syllabus (2012)

ENS2-11D responds to and composes a range of texts that express viewpoints of the world similar to or different from their own


  • experiment with visual, multimodal and digital technologies to represent aspects of experience and relationships