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Nest box numeracy program

Teacher checklist


Your school


DoE $16 per student - GST free

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 learning space, with a smart board/IWB, for all participating classes for the duration of the day. The space needs to accommodate multiple classes.


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

Students wear reusable name tag. Sports uniform recommended. 

Supporting resources

Habitat - available free from Apple Books

Ringtail possum - 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

The session begins with a visual presentation to explore bushland habitats and the species that live there.  What animals live in tree hollows? 

Inquiry question

  • How are environments and living things interdependent?

Nestbox building

After a demonstration by the Field of Mars teacher, students will work in groups of three to assemble a nestbox using a range of electric and manual tools. Whilst assembling, the students won’t know what species will use the nest box they are building. 

Upon completion each group will use tape measures to measure the box dimensions and use an interactive multimodal text running on an iPad to research their nest box’s potential inhabitants.  Students will share their findings with the class along with the habitat requirements of the species.

One constructed nestbox will remain with the class to install in a suitable location. All other nestboxes will be deconstructed at the end of the session.

Schoolyard habitat hunt

If time permits students will go on a walk around the school to identify a suitable location for their class nestbox. Students take photos of the selected site using an iPad.

A template for a simple information report will be provided for completion in class if desired.

Syllabus outcomes and content

Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus (2017) 


A student:

  • compares features and characteristics of living and non-living things ST2-4LW-S


Survival of living things


  • describe how living things depend on each other and the environment to survive 

Other syllabus links

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

Mathematics K-10 Syllabus (2012)


A student:

  • measures, records, compares and estimates lengths, distances in metres, centimetres and millimetres MA2-9MG 



  • measure, order and compare objects using familiar metric units of length (ACMMG061)
  • measure lengths and distances using metres and centimetres

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

Mathematics 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