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Nocturnal program

Teacher checklist


Your school


DoE $16 per student - GST free

Non-gov school $26 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


Students wear reusable name tag.

Medical or special needs

Notify Field of Mars staff prior to incursion. 

Students, staff and visitors must not attend if unwell, even with mild symptoms. 


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.

Class numbers

1 class per session.

Maximum 3 sessions per day.

If more than one day is required for your school, bookings should be made on consecutive days. 

Suggested timetable for up to three classes



9.30 - 11.00

Class A

11.30 - 1.00

Class B

1.30 - 3.00

Class C

Learning activities

What animals live or visit your school at night?

Students will commence this hands-on incursion immersed in a recreated nocturnal landscape. They will engage with stories and sounds and meet stick insects, bush cockroaches and centipedes – food for some of our nocturnal animals. 

In the role of place detectives, students explore their school grounds looking for nocturnal animal evidence and the food they prey upon. Investigating the needs of living things, students identify animal habitat features and in groups create a model of a bug friendly garden. Mulch, leaves, branches and water sprays will be provided.

Groups will be given small toy invertebrates, a tawny frogmouth hand puppet and torches to re-enact a night-time adventure.

Students finish with an orchestrated night time voice and body percussion chorus.

Grass tube stock will be presented to the class at the conclusion of the session.

Syllabus outcomes and content

Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus (2017)


Living world

  • explores the characteristics, needs and uses of living things STe-3LW-ST

Earth and Space

  • identifies how daily and seasonal changes in the environment affect humans and other living things STe-6ES-S

Other syllabus links

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

English K-10 Syllabus (2022)


  • understands and effectively uses Tier 1 words and Tier 2 words in familiar contexts ENE-VOCAB-01
  • understands and responds to literature read to them ENE-UARL-01

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 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