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Invertebrate ink program

Teacher checklist


Your school


2023 DoE $16 per student - GST free

2023 Non-gov school cost $26 per student - GST free, minimum charge $600

Risk assessment

Risk management plan

COVID-19 safety plan

School preparation

Please provide one classroom to be available for all sessions with working IWB/projector and tables set up in groups. 


Hats, sturdy, closed shoes essential, mask (if required). 

Students wear reusable name tag. Sports uniform recommended. 

Supporting resources

Invertebrate Explorer - available free from Apple Books

Fact sheets

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. 

Extreme or wet weather

Days predicted to be above 35ºC, high winds, extreme bush fire danger and dust storms may result in the incursion 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 for up to six classes



9.30 - 11.00

Classes A and D

11.30 - 1.00

Classes B and E

1.30 - 3.00

Classes C and F

Learning activities

Students will collect invertebrates found in the trees or leaf litter in your school grounds using a range of equipment before examining their features closely. 

They will be taught how to draw an invertebrate using observational drawing techniques. They will use their observational drawings to help create an ink print masterpiece.

Inquiry questions

  • What kinds of invertebrates live in the plants and leaf litter in the school? 
  • What are the external features of invertebrates?

Invertebrate investigation

Students will work in small groups to search for and collect leaf litter and arboreal invertebrates found in the gardens around the school. Collected specimens will then be examined using personal magnifiers and identified using ID charts. Some of the collected invertebrates will be magnified and enlarged using an iPad connected to a smart board or projector.

Drawing and printing invertebrates

Using observational drawing techniques students will draw their collected invertebrate. 

Students will transfer their drawing to scratch foam and this will be used as the basis to create invertebrate ink prints.

Syllabus outcomes and content

Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus (2006)

VAS1.1 Makes artworks in a particular way about experiences of real and imaginary things.

Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus (2017)


A student:

  • observes, questions and collects data to communicate and compare ideas ST1-1WS-S 

Working scientifically
  • explore and answer questions through participation in guided scientific investigations (ACSIS025, ACSIS038)

  • compare observations with those of others (ACSIS041, ACSIS213)

  • make safe choices when using materials and equipment



  • describe the external features of a variety of living things (ACSSU017)

  • identify that living things live in different places that suit their needs (ACSSU211)

Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2006

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