Primary Incursions

All programs and activities support the DoE Environmental Education Policy and outcomes contained within the NSW BOSTES syllabuses for the Australian Curriculum.

Our programs are designed in consultation with you. They can be used to support your existing curriculum units including COGs and Primary Connections. Examples of programs are provided below.

Please check the Booking Calendar for available dates.

To make a booking complete the Program Booking Form on the Booking Calendar page.  Please refer to the FAQ page before you attempt to make a booking.

Field of Mars EEC now accepts bookings from Non-Government schools for ES1/Stage1/2/3 incursion programs. Bookings are limited to 10 Non-Goverment schools per term. Primary incursions cost an additional $10 per student or as indicated. Minimum charge $600.

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Bush Christmas

Bush Christmas combines story, song and craft to introduce students to Australian animals and their habitats.

Students will meet some bush invertebrates up close, create their own wrapping paper and stencil a leaf design onto a calico bag.

The session concludes with the singing of an Australian Christmas song, accompanied by bush percussion instruments.

 

Please note: If more than one day is required, bookings can only be made on consecutive days.

 

Location

Your School

 

Program Details

2018 DOE School Cost: $10 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $20 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

Bush Christmas runs in Weeks 7, 8 and 9 of Term 4

Check availability by looking for Bush Christmas in the booking calendar.

Download Program

This program is also available as Bunyip’s Christmas connected classrooms lesson.

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Invertebrate Ink

Science and technology

Where do invertebrates live?

Students will explore the amazing diversity of invertebrates that can be found in the trees or leaf litter in your school grounds. They will use a range of equipment to find, capture and study these important animals.

Students will discover amazing invertebrate biology by closely examining invertebrates they have collected or have viewed. They will be taught how to draw an invertebrate using observational drawing techniques.

Location

Your School

Program Details

2018 DOE School Cost: $1o per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $20 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

Maximum 3 sessions per day.

Session length 1.5 hours.

Invertebrate Ink Sample Program coming soon.

This program is supported by a digital and multimodal text Invertebrate Explorer. Available for FREE on the iBookstore.

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Movie Bugs

SciTech, English

Animate an invertebrate.

Movie Bugs is an amazing literacy focused multi-day incursion that will introduce students to stop motion animation using an iPad.

Movie Bugs runs over two separate days.

The first visit to your school includes a hands-on investigation of the invertebrates found in your school. A few weeks later Field of Mars staff will lead your students through the creation of a stop motion animation focusing on the features, habitats or life cycles of invertebrates found during the first incursion.

The animation will be based on the script, storyboard and invertebrate models developed by the students in class.

Location

Your School

Program Details

Maximum 3 sessions per day.

Session length from 1.5 to 2 hours.

Supports English and SciTech

2018 DOE School Cost: $20 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $40 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

Movie Bugs Sample Program

Download Flyer

Movie Bugs is completely supported via a comprehensive course on iTunes U.

Download on iTunes

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Schoolyard Safari and Invertebrates

Science and technology

Where do invertebrates live?

Students will explore the amazing diversity of invertebrates that can be found in the trees or leaf litter in your school grounds. They will use a range of equipment to find, capture and study these important animals.

Back in the classroom, students examine their invertebrates using magnifiers as well as an iPad connected to a data projector. Students record their findings along with other details such as species name, colour, size, habitat, food, etc.

Location

Your School

Program Details

2018 DOE School Cost: $10 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $20 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

Maximum 3 sessions per day.

Session length 1.5 hours.

Download Sample Program

This program is also available as an Interactive Invertebrates connected classrooms lesson.

This program is supported by a digital and multimodal text Invertebrate Explorer. Available for FREE on the iBookstore.

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Easter Bilbies’ Secrets 

Introduced with the rich hybrid text, Bilby Secrets, the students will be introduced to the secret life of bilbies: their stages of life, habitat and diet.

Students will also learn about secret visitors to backyards at night and the clues they leave behind.

To consolidate their learning, students will create a beaded caterpillar keyring, stamp a calico pencil case with bilby and bug stamps and colour an Aussie night animals postcard.

The session will conclude with music, movement and a story linking bilbies to Easter in Australia.

Location

Your School

Program Details

2018 DOE School Cost: $10 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $20 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

Download Sample Program

Download Bilby resource pack

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The Earth’s Environment: Eucalypt Forest – New!

Geography 

How does the eucalyptus forest provide habitat for the ringtail possum and other native animals?

Students will undertake a bush walk traversing rocky outcrops through wet and dry eucalypt forests.

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

Fieldwork tools will include sensory observation, invertebrate hunts and recording through sketching, mapping, watercolour, tallies and photographs.

This geography fieldwork day helps answer the Key Inquiry Question: How does the environment support the lives of people and other living things? with a focus on living things.

The program supports the Geography Teaching Framework: Natural Environments. It also strongly connects to the Science Living World content: ‘Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive.’

Location Options

Field of Mars Reserve

Buffalo Creek Reserve

Local bushland. This program can run as an incursion if you have signifiant bushland close to your school or local area.

Program Details

2018 DOE School Cost: $18 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $28 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

Download Program Earth’s Environment: Eucalypt Forest

Electric Bugs

Electric Invertebrates – New

Creative arts 

Students will collect invertebrates found in your school grounds and observe their special features and adaptations using a range of digital and analog equipment.

After careful observation and study of an invertebrate, students create an observational drawing exploring bilateral symmetry, colour and texture using a stylus and iPad.

Students will use a number of apps to manipulate their image and drawings.  Images will be downloaded and provided to your school at a later date.

Location

Your School

Program Details

Maximum 3 sessions per day.

Session length 1.5 hours.

2018 DOE School Cost: $10 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $20 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

Electric Invertebrates Sample Program

Download Flyer

This program is supported by a digital multimodal text Invertebrate ExplorerAvailable for FREE on the iBookstore.

Get_it_on_iBooks_Badge_US_1114

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Mixed-Media Minibeasts – New

Creative Arts, Science & Tech

In this program students will investigate and collect invertebrates in your school playground which will be magnified onto the IWB to discuss features and adaptations.

After careful observation and study of an invertebrate, students will create series of observational artworks using different media.

Students will produce: a detailed watercolour drawing using watercolour paper and watercolour pencils; an ink print using scratch foam, printing ink and rollers; a digital image using a stylus and iPad and use a number of apps to manipulate their image.

Time permitting, students will display their artworks for a short exhibition in the afternoon allowing students to appreciate and evaluate their work.

Location

Your School

Program Details

This is a whole day program and requires four 60 minute sessions.

Maximum 3 classes per day.

2018 DOE School Cost: $22 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $32 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

Mixed Media Minibeasts Sample Program

Download Flyer

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Movie Bugs

SciTech, English

Animate an invertebrate.

Movie Bugs is an amazing literacy focused multi-day incursion that will introduce students to stop motion animation using an iPad.

Movie Bugs runs over two separate days.

The first visit to your school includes a hands-on investigation of the invertebrates found in your school. A few weeks later Field of Mars staff will lead your students through the creation of a stop motion animation focusing on the features, habitats or life cycles of invertebrates found during the first incursion.

The animation will be based on the script, storyboard and invertebrate models developed by the students in class.

Location

Your School

Program Details

Maximum 3 sessions per day.

Session length from 1.5 to 2 hours.

Supports English and SciTech

2018 DOE School Cost: $20 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $40 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

Movie Bugs Sample Program

Download Flyer

Movie Bugs is completely supported via a comprehensive course on iTunes U.

Download on iTunes

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Animal House

Science and technology

In this incredible literacy, numeracy and multimodal focused program students will work in small teams to build nest boxes using a range of tools including tape measures and electric screw drivers.

Working mathematically and using multimodal texts running on iPads, the students will investigate the habitat requirements of animals found in their local area and determine the types of species likely to inhabit their nest box.

This research is conducted using an interactive digital multimodal text created by the Field of Mars EEC. Each group will take notes for later creation of an information report on their target species and its habitat requirements.

One nest box will be given to each participating class for installation in the school grounds.

Location

Your School

Program Details

Maximum 3 sessions per day.

Session length 1.5 hours.

Supports English, Maths and SciTech K-6

2018 DOE School Cost: $10 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $20 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

– each class will keep a built nest box to place in a suitable habitat within the school.

Animal House Sample Program

Download Flyer

This program is supported by a digital multimodal text Ringtail PossumAvailable on the iBookstore.

iBookstore

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Digital Woodlands

Creative Arts, Geography, Science

Students will be introduced to the techniques and methods of digital photography, photo editing and visual text construction on an iPad.

Using an iPad shared between two, students go on a journey to create a portfolio of photographs that portray the special features of the bushland found in the Field of Mars Reserve, or in bushland near their school.

Upon return to the centre or school students will construct a photo story of their most striking photos using the Book Creator app. They then select their favourite photo to be printed and framed. Printed images will be used to form a gallery for an art appreciation session. Images can be used for digital story telling in other classroom programs.

Location Options

Field of Mars Reserve

Local bushland. This program can run as an incursion if you have signifiant bushland close to your school or local area.

Program Details

Maximum 3 classes per day.

2018 DOE School Cost: $20 per student (GST free) – includes framed printed photo.

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $30 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

Download Program Digital Woodlands Excursion

Download Program Digital Woodlands Incursion

View Digital Woodlands Gallery

Art Gallery of NSW award winning photo

 

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Documentary

English

Unleash the next David Attenborough. Documentary is an amazing literacy focused program that will introduce students to documentary making using an iPad.

Using an iPad shared between three, students work as filmmakers to create their own incredible documentary focusing on living things found in bushland or at other natural areas near your school.

Location Options

Field of Mars Reserve

Local bushland. Documentary can run as an incursion if you have bushland or other significant natural areas within walking distance from your school.

Optional Post Production Incursion 

FoM staff can conduct an incursion to your school to help students with post production work on their documentaries.  Students will  learn how to create and add a custom soundscape for their documentary using GarageBand.  Session time 1.5 hours. $10 additional charge per student.

Programs Details

Maximum 3 classes per day.

2018 DOE School Cost: $18 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $28 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

Download Program Documentary Excursion

Download Program Documentary Incursion

Watch Introducing Documentary Video

Download multitouch book about Documentary

Support for the pre production phase (script and storyboard development) is provided through resources available on this website or via a comprehensive course on iTunes U.

These resources can support flipped classroom models.

Download on iTunes

Electric Bugs

Electric Invertebrates – New

Creative arts 

Students will collect invertebrates found in your school grounds and observe their special features and adaptations using a range of digital and analog equipment.

After careful observation and study of an invertebrate, students create an observational drawing exploring bilateral symmetry, colour and texture using a stylus and iPad.

Students will use a number of apps to manipulate their image and drawings.  Images will be downloaded and provided to your school at a later date.

Location

Your School

Program Details

Maximum 3 sessions per day.

Session length 1.5 hours.

2018 DOE School Cost: $10 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $20 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

Electric Invertebrates Sample Program

Download Flyer

This program is supported by a digital multimodal text Invertebrate ExplorerAvailable for FREE on the iBookstore.

Get_it_on_iBooks_Badge_US_1114

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Mixed-Media Minibeasts – New

Creative Arts, Science & Tech

In this program students will investigate and collect invertebrates in your school playground which will be magnified onto the IWB to discuss features and adaptations.

After careful observation and study of an invertebrate, students will create series of observational artworks using different media.

Students will produce: a detailed watercolour drawing using watercolour paper and watercolour pencils; an ink print using scratch foam, printing ink and rollers; a digital image using a stylus and iPad and use a number of apps to manipulate their image.

Time permitting, students will display their artworks for a short exhibition in the afternoon allowing students to appreciate and evaluate their work.

Location

Your School

Program Details

This is a whole day program and requires four 60 minute sessions.

Maximum 3 classes per day.

2018 DOE School Cost: $22 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $32 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

Mixed Media Minibeasts Sample Program

Download Flyer

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Movie Bugs

SciTech, English

Animate an invertebrate.

Movie Bugs is an amazing literacy focused multi-day incursion that will introduce students to stop motion animation using an iPad.

Movie Bugs runs over two separate days.

The first visit to your school includes a hands-on investigation of the invertebrates found in your school. A few weeks later Field of Mars staff will lead your students through the creation of a stop motion animation focusing on the features, habitats or life cycles of invertebrates found during the first incursion.

The animation will be based on the script, storyboard and invertebrate models developed by the students in class.

Location

Your School

Program Details

Maximum 3 sessions per day.

Session length from 1.5 to 2 hours.

Supports English and SciTech

2018 DOE School Cost: $20 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $40 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

Movie Bugs Sample Program

Download Flyer

Movie Bugs is completely supported via a comprehensive course on iTunes U.

Download on iTunes

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Be Energy Efficient

Science and technology

The original Be Energy Efficient program is a term-long unit of work which focuses on the concepts of energy efficiency at home and school with a design and make emphasis.

It incorporates hands on exploration of alternative energies and energy efficiencies through the Science and Technology curriculum processes of thinking and working scientifically. This program is also an action project to improve school energy efficiency.

Schools may also be interested in a variant of the program that involves student’s constructing a multimodal text that communicates their investigation findings and relates this to the real world of energy efficiency at school and home.

This program includes lesson plans for a term (including outcomes and assessment tasks), supporting resources, two visits to your school and an optional video conference by Field of Mars staff.

The unit of work can be tailored to a shorter learning sequence by negotiation with your school.

Location

Your School

Program Details

2018 DOE School Cost: $20 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $30 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

Download unit of work

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Factors that Shape Places

Geography

How is the Field of Mars Reserve or your local bushland managed for people and the environment?

This geography fieldwork day supports the new Geography K-10 syllabus content areas: Factors that change environments and Humans shape places.

Students undertake geographical inquiry in bushland investigating its features, human influences and natural values. In the role of environmental officers and reserve visitors, students will undertake investigations into the environmental conditions of the reserve, link these results to human influences and consider sustainable management strategies for the reserve.

Students will use geographical tools and instruments to undertake water quality tests and flora and fauna surveys. Throughout the day students will utilise the reserve’s recreational amenity, creatively recording personal experiences, guided by multiple intelligences, and providing insight into human uses. They will record observations and experiences through maps, photography and field sketches using iPads and other media.

The program is supported by the Factors that Shape Places unit of work (coming soon)

It also supports the Geography Teaching Framework: Contemporary Land Use Issue.

Location Options

Field of Mars Reserve

Local bushland. This program can run as an incursion if you have signifiant bushland close to your school or local area.

Program Details

Maximum 4 classes per day.

2018 DOE School Cost: $18 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $28 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

Download Program Factors that Shape Places

 

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Digital Woodlands

Creative Arts, Geography, Science

Students will be introduced to the techniques and methods of digital photography, photo editing and visual text construction on an iPad.

Using an iPad shared between two, students go on a journey to create a portfolio of photographs that portray the special features of the bushland found in the Field of Mars Reserve, or in bushland near their school.

Upon return to the centre or school students will construct a photo story of their most striking photos using the Book Creator app. They then select their favourite photo to be printed and framed. Printed images will be used to form a gallery for an art appreciation session. Images can be used for digital story telling in other classroom programs.

Location Options

Field of Mars Reserve

Local bushland. This program can run as an incursion if you have signifiant bushland close to your school or local area.

Program Details

Maximum 3 classes per day.

2018 DOE School Cost: $20 per student (GST free) – includes framed printed photo.

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $30 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

Download Program Digital Woodlands Excursion

Download Program Digital Woodlands Incursion

View Digital Woodlands Gallery

Art Gallery of NSW award winning photo

 

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Documentary

English

Unleash the next David Attenborough. Documentary is an amazing literacy focused program that will introduce students to documentary making using an iPad.

Using an iPad shared between three, students work as filmmakers to create their own incredible documentary focusing on living things found in bushland or at other natural areas near your school.

Location Options

Field of Mars Reserve

Local bushland. Documentary can run as an incursion if you have bushland or other significant natural areas within walking distance from your school.

Optional Post Production Incursion 

FoM staff can conduct an incursion to your school to help students with post production work on their documentaries.  Students will  learn how to create and add a custom soundscape for their documentary using GarageBand.  Session time 1.5 hours. $10 additional charge per student.

Programs Details

Maximum 3 classes per day.

2018 DOE School Cost: $18 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $28 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

Download Program Documentary Excursion

Download Program Documentary Incursion

Watch Introducing Documentary Video

Download multitouch book about Documentary

Support for the pre production phase (script and storyboard development) is provided through resources available on this website or via a comprehensive course on iTunes U.

These resources can support flipped classroom models.

Download on iTunes