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Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

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Poetic adventures program

Teacher checklist


Field of Mars Reserve, 220 Pittwater Road, East Ryde


No full stop after suburb

Add Country eg Wallumedegal Country on a new line after suburb - copy from here 


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, non-gov minimum charge $600

Risk assessment

Risk management plan 

COVID-19 safety plan


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.
View Preparing for an excursion
Supporting resources

Eucalypt forest digital book - available free from Apple Books

English textual concepts website

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. 

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 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

The suggested timetable is suitable for up to three classses.



9.45 - 10.00 Introduction
10.00 - 11.00 Mini hike - Site selection, vocabulary builder, poem creation
11.00 - 11.30 Recess
11.30 - 12.30 Macro photography
12.30 - 1.00 Lunch
1.00 - 2.00 iMovie studio - Visuals and audio
2.00 - 2.15 Pack up and depart

Learning activities

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 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. 

Fieldwork - composing

Mini hike

During this session the students will explore the surrounds of the Buffalo Creek boardwalk in search of photography locations. They will be exposed to a range of descriptive words that describe bushland locations and objects in nature. They will explore the use of poetic devices to compose a five senses poem from the perspective of their minifigure.

Macro photography

Students will be introduced to macro photography and how to compose shots using visual literacy skills to illustrate their poem. Working collaboratively, students will use a Field of Mars iPad. 


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.

Syllabus outcomes and content

English textual concept - perspective

Students understand that perspectives may differ and that these differences need to be considered

They learn that:

  • perspective may be expressed in different ways including the values expressed and the form of expression.

English K-10 Syllabus (2012)


A student:

  • communicates effectively for a variety of audiences and purposes using increasingly challenging topics, ideas, issues and language forms and features EN3-1A 
  • composes, edits and presents well-structured and coherent texts EN3-2A
  • uses an integrated range of skills, strategies and knowledge to read, view and comprehend a wide range of texts in different media and technologies EN3-3A 


Speaking and listening


  • plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements for defined audiences and purposes, making appropriate choices for modality and emphasis (ACELY1700, ACELY1710) 

Writing and representing


  • compose imaginative and informative texts that show evidence of developed ideas

  • compose texts that include sustained and effective use of persuasive devices, eg texts dealing with environmental issues 

  • compose increasingly complex print, visual, multimodal and digital texts, experimenting with language, design, layout and graphics 

Reading and viewing


  • recognise the effect of multimedia elements, eg film techniques, animation, voice-overs, sound effects, framing, close-ups

Other syllabus links

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

Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus (2018)

Living World

Geography K-10 Syllabus (2015)

A diverse and connected world

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