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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.

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

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.

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 - 10.00 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
2.15 Depart

Poetic adventures program

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 amazing macro photos and create a digital story to bring their poem to life. 

Learning activities

Mini hike

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

Macro photography

During this time the students will be working collaboratively using a Field of Mars iPad. Students will be introduced to macro photography and how to compose shots using visual literacy skills to illustrate their poem. 

iMovie studio

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 K-10 Syllabus (2012)

Stage 2

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.

EN2-1A Speaking and listening 1

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 Writing and representing 1

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 Handwriting and using digital technologies

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) 

Stage 3

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

EN3-1A Speaking and listening 1

Respond to and compose texts

  • 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) 

EN3-2A Writing and representing 1

Respond to and compose texts

  • 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 

EN3-3A Handwriting and using digital technologies

Understand and apply knowledge of language forms and features

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

Other syllabus links

Poetic adventures learning experiences will also support but not explicitly teach outcomes and content in:

Science and Technology

Stage 2: Living World 

Stage 3: Living World


Stage 2: Places are similar and different

Stage 2: The Earth’s Environment

Stage 3: A diverse and connected world

Geographical concepts: place, environment, interconnection

Geographical tools: fieldwork, visual representations