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Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

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Documentary in a day program

Teacher checklist


Field of Mars Reserve, 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 $24 per student - GST free

Non-gov school $34 per student - GST free, minimum charge $700

Term 1 - Catholic school Weeks 3 to 7 cost = DoE cost - GST free, minimum charge $700

Risk assessment

Risk management plan

COVID-19 safety plan


View the YouTube track overview videos.

Buffalo Creek Track

Doyle and Warada loop track


Participants will be bushwalking during the day in rugged terrain.

Limited wheelchair accessibility.

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.

Students wear reusable name tag and sports uniform.

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Supporting resources

Eucalypt forest digital book - available free from Apple Books

Habitat 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.
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 four  school weeks' notice will incur a $500 administration fee. This does not apply to cancellations due to weather or fire danger.

Suggested timetable for up to three classes


Classes A, B, C

9.45 - 10.15 Introduction
10.15 - 10.45 Recess
10.45 - 11.00 Equipment distribution
11.00 - 1.00 Mobile filmmaking
12.30 - 1.00 Lunch
1.00 - 2.00 Mobile filmmaking
2.15 Depart

Learning activities

Students will be introduced to the techniques of mobile documentary film making. They will create an informative and entertaining documentary on iPads showcasing the incredible habitats within the Field of Mars Reserve.


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, camera techniques and editing. 

Mobile filmmaking in the Reserve

During this session each class will operate in a variety of bushland locations. Students will be working in groups of two.

At each location students will develop a script through field observations and research using a variety of multimodal digital texts. 

Students will take photos and videos to bring their script to life. They will be explicitly taught a variety of camera techniques including camera angles, camera shots and camera movements to enhance their imagery.

Students will be taught how to use iMovie to begin editing their documentary in the field. They will learn how to sequence, adjust timing, add titles, add captions, modify sound, record voiceovers and add appropriate background music.

All completed movies will be returned to the school via Google Drive.

Syllabus outcomes and content

English K-10 Syllabus 2022


  • communicates to wide audiences with social and cultural awareness, by interacting and presenting, and by analysing and evaluating for understanding EN3-OLC-01


Oral language and communication – Presenting

  • Deliver presentations suited to purpose and audience
  • Experiment with volume, pace and intonation to enhance meaning when presenting and reciting, and recognise the effects these have on audience understanding
  • Select multimedia components, visual displays or use gestural features to enhance and bring clarity to presentations
  • Reflect on and monitor own and peer presentations according to given criteria

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, 2022