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Earth's environment - school habitats program

Teacher checklist



Your school


DoE $12 per student - GST free

Non-gov school cost $22 per student - GST free, minimum charge $600

Risk assessment

Risk management plan

COVID-19 safety plan

All staff and adult visitors must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination. 

School preparation

Please provide one learning space for all participating classes for the duration of the day. The space needs to accommodate multiple classes.

Bring Students wear hat, reusable name tag and sports uniform, mask (if required).
Supporting resources

Student activities

Habitat - available free from Apple Books

Fact sheets

Medical or special needs

Notify Field of Mars staff prior to excursion. 

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 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




9.30 - 11.00 Session 1
11.30 - 1.00 Session 2
1.30 - 3.00

Session 3

Learning activities

Students investigate the natural habitats located in the school grounds and the value of vegetation and the environments to animals and people.

Inquiry questions

  • How do natural habitats support animals?
  • What habitats are located in our school grounds?
  • How are the habitats in our school grounds used by native animals?


Using a large interactive display, students will be introduced to the habitats of the school playground. The display features habitat components including trees, shrubs, ground cover plants, nest boxes, ponds, fallen logs, mulch and rocks. The value of each of these habitat elements will be explored.

Students will be provided with a range of animal images to place on the display based on their habitat requirements, explicitly connecting animals and natural vegetation.


Through teacher-led and student-directed activities students will investigate and record the characteristics of school habitats, evidence of animals and their interconnection with the environment.

During the walk the students will undertake a variety of fieldwork activities including invertebrate surveys, leaf drawings, sound maps, animal evidence tally charts and habitat sketches. Observations will be recorded in the students’ fieldwork journals made prior to the incursion.

To conclude the session, students will use loose natural materials to create a representation of a habitat. They will place their data and images of animals into their recreated habitat and provide verbal explanations of the interconnections between animals and the environment.

Syllabus outcomes and content

Geography K-10 Syllabus (2015) 


A student:

  • examines features and characteristics of places and environments GE2-1
  • describes the ways people, places and environments interact GE2-2 
  • acquires and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry GE2-4 


Significance of environments

  • investigate the importance of natural vegetation and natural resources to the environment, animals and people, for example:

    • identification of types of natural vegetation eg forests, grasslands, deserts 

    • explanation of the importance of natural vegetation to animals and the functioning of the environment eg provision of habitats, production of oxygen  

    • discussion of the importance of natural vegetation and natural resources to people

Other syllabus links

Learning experiences will also support but not explicitly teach the following 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 environment to survive

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