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Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

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Natural numbers program

Teacher checklist


Buffalo Creek Reserve, 117 Pittwater Road, Hunters Hill

Wallumedegal Country

Google maps - Apple maps

Supply bus driver with Buffalo Creek bus information.

No bus entry into Buffalo Creek Reserve carpark.

Buffalo Creek Reserve risk management plan

View the YouTube track overview videos.

Sugarloaf Point loop track


DoE $25 per student - GST free

Non-gov school cost $35 per student - GST free, minimum charge $700


Participants will be bushwalking all day in rugged terrain.

Limited wheelchair accessibility.

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

Toilets are only available at the beginning and end of the day.


Backpack, medication, low-waste food, water bottle, sunblock, wet weather gear, hat, sports uniform, sturdy shoes.

There are no shops near the study site.


Preparing for an excursion

Bin access

All student waste to be taken home by students.

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 whether

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

Suggested timetable



9.30 - 10.00 Introduction and recess
10.00 - 12.00 Fieldwork (two sites)
12.00 - 12.30 Break
12.30 - 1.30 Fieldwork (one site)
1.30 - 1.50 Communicating mathematically
1.50 - 2.15 Conclusion and depart

Learning activities

Schools who book this program can choose three challenges that work best for their stage 4-5 programming and desired level of rigour for their students.

There are a range of  problem-solving challenges to choose from. All of which exercise student’s ability to work mathematically (the syllabus process skills of communicating, problem solving, reasoning, understanding and fluency).

Syllabus-specific content areas covered in the challenges include number plane, measurement, decimals, scale, length, area, time, equations, data collection/representation, statistics, properties of triangles, ratios and trigonometry.

The fieldwork challenges range in complexity and rigour from the very fun (eg navigation challenge that lead to a safe blindfolded string-walk adventure) to the very open-ended and challenging (eg coming up with a strategy that uses compass, measuring equipment and markers to determine the width of the Lane Cove River)

All the necessary physical and digital measuring and processing equipment is provided.

Students work in small groups to tackle challenges and solve problems. A worksheet is provided for each activity. Student groups will record a short, informative ideo-blog on iPads in which they explain (using mathematical terminology) how they tackled and solved each challenge, as well as making suggestions for improvement. These videos can be shared with your school for use in feedback, reporting and parent-teacher meetings.

This program can run with up to 4 classes a day.

Syllabus outcomes and content

Science 7-10 Syllabus (2018)


A student:

  • relates the structure and function of living things to their classification, survival and reproduction SC4-14LW 


LW1 There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity.

b. classify a variety of living things based on similarities and differences in structural features

c. use simple keys to identify a range of plants and animals

f. explain how the features of some Australian plants and animals are adaptations for survival and reproduction in their environment

Other syllabus links

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

A student:

  • explains how new biological evidence changes people’s understanding of the world SC4-15LW 


LW5 Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to conserving and managing sustainable ecosystems.

a. construct and interpret food chains and food webs, including examples from Australian ecosystems

c. describe interactions between organisms in food chains and food webs, including producers, consumers and decomposers

d. predict how human activities can affect interactions in food chains and food webs, including examples from Australian land or marine ecosystems

Life Skills


A student:

  • presents science ideas, finding and information to a given audience using appropriate scientific language, text types and representations (SCLS-9WS related Life Skills outcome)


Students communicate by:

a. presenting ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representation using digital technologies as appropriate

b. using appropriate text types presentations, including a discussion, explanation, exposition, procedure and recount

Science and Technology 7-10 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2018