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Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

Experience Engage Enable

Telephone02 9816 1298

Emailfieldofmar-e.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Documentary in a day program

Teacher checklist

Location

Your school and/or local site

Cost

DoE $22 per student - GST free

Non-gov school cost $32 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. 

School preparation

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

Welfare

Participants will be bushwalking during the day in rugged terrain.

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

Bring

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

Students wear reusable name tag and sports uniform.

View Preparing for an excursion
Supporting resources

Eucalypt forest 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 excursion being modified, postponed or cancelled. 

Cancellations

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

 
Actual times may vary.

Time

Activities

9.00 - 11.00

Introduction and pre-production - brainstorming topics and developing scripts for narration

11.00 - 11.30

Recess 

11.30 - 1.00

Production - filming

1.00 - 1.45

Lunch

1.45 - 3.00

Post-production - editing and movie screening


Learning activities

Students will be introduced to the techniques of documentary fim making. They will create an informative and entertaining documentary on iPads showcasing the incredible features of the Field of Mars Reserve bushland.

Pre-production

Introduction

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 that is used to inform, camera techniques and editing.

In the field - Walking to your local bushland site or spending time in the school ground, students brainstorm topics and select appropriate sets.

Scripts and narration

In the field - Students develop scripts using field observations and research using multimodal digital texts. Scripts are then recorded as a narration.

Production

Filming 

In the field - With their newly acquired filmmaking skills students capture stunning imagery to compliment their scripts. Matching audio with vision is the key to engaging  documentary making.

Post-production  

Editing and movie screening

In the classroom - The final process in creating documentaries is to edit in movie making apps and adding appropriate soundtracks from our portfolio of copyright free 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