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Documentary in a day program

Teacher checklist


Your school and/or local site


DoE $24 per student - GST free

Non-gov school $34 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

School preparation

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


If leaving school participants might be bushwalking during the day in rugged terrain.

This incursion may not be suitable for people who have recently been unwell.


Backpack, medication, low-waste food, water bottle, sunblock, raincoat, hat, sturdy shoes, mask.

Students wear reusable name tag and sports uniform.

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Supporting resources

Habitat digital book - available free from Apple Books

Fact sheets

Parent/carer helpers

Optional one parent per class, no siblings. Closed shoes essential.

Check COVID-19 restrictions.

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 four school weeks' notice will incur a $500 administration fee. This does not apply to cancellations due to weather or fire danger.

Suggested timetable

Actual times may vary. Timetable suitable for up to three classes.



9.00 - 9.30

Introduction and equipment distribution

9.30 - 9.45 Mobile filmmaking - Title scene
9.45 - 10.00 Introduction to iMovie
10.00 - 11.00 Mobile filmmaking - Establishing scene
11.00 - 11.30


11.30 - 1.00

Mobile filmmaking - Scene 2 and 3 and conclusion.

1.00 - 1.45


1.45 - 2.30 Post-production editing


Learning activities

Students will be introduced to the techniques of documentary film making. They will create an informative and entertaining documentary on iPads showcasing the habitat features of natural areas in and around your school.


In the classroom, students will be introduced to the process of documentary making. A Field of Mars produced documentary is shown to outline the production steps, narration, camera techniques and editing. 

Mobile filmmaking 

During this session each class will operate in a variety of natural locations. Students will be working in groups of 2.

At each location students will develop a script through field observations and research using a variety of multimodal digital texts. 

Students will take photos and videos to bring their script to life. They will be explicitly taught a variety of camera techniques including camera angles, camera shots and camera movements to enhance their imagery.

Students will be taught how to use iMovie to begin editing their documentary in the field. They will learn how to sequence, adjusting timing, add titles, add captions, modify sound, record voiceovers and add appropriate background music.

A movie screening is enjoyed to complete the day.

Syllabus outcomes and content

NSW English K-10 Syllabus

Stage 3

EN3-1A 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 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 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

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, 2012