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Behind the Scenes of Sydney Opera House

Digital tour

Transport your class to Bennelong Point and introduce your students to the remarkable history, features and uses of this iconic Australian place.

In your classroom.

See session times below to book for your class.

Suitable for Years K - 6 

This program is recommended for Early Stage 1 - Stage 3.

This event is free for Australian schools

All digital programs are free to Australian schools and can be viewed with web based video conferencing systems. Terms and conditions apply. Fees apply for all international bookings.

If you are unable to proceed with your booked session, please email us at creativelearning@sydneyoperahouse.com at least two days prior. Bookers who fail to attend on their booked sessions without providing notice may be barred from further bookings.

For full details, please contact our Creative Learning team at creativelearning@sydneyoperahouse.com or 02 9250 7770. 

This program runs for approximately 45 mins

Schools should be dialed-in 15 minutes prior to the commencement of the session. Program duration is a guide only and may be subject to change.

Download the teacher's resource pack 

Our resources are packed with practical, creative activities that will add to your students’ experience.

Download Teacher Resource Pack - Early Stage 1 and Stage 1

Download Teacher Resource Pack -  Stage 2 and 3

Explore more teacher resources here.

Topics for Investigation

  • Working
  • Technologically
  • Personal and Family Histories
  • Present and Past
  • Family Life
  • Made Environment
  • Features of Places
  • People and Places

Curriculum links


ES1 and S1 

English 

Outcomes - Early Stage 1 

ENe-1A 

Communicates with peers and known adults in informal and guided activities demonstrating emerging skills of group interaction


Outcomes - Stage 1 

EN1-1A 

Communicates with a range of people in informal and guided activities demonstrating interaction skills and considers how own communication is adjusted in different situations


History

Outcomes - Early Stage 1 

HTe-2 

Demonstrates developing skills of historical inquiry and communication


Outcomes - Stage 1 

HT1-2 

Identifies and describes significant people, events, places and sites in the local community over time


HT1-3 

Describes the effects of changing technology on people’s lives over time



HT1-4 

Demonstrates skills of historical inquiry and communication


Geography

Outcomes - Early Stage 1

GEe-1 

Identifies places and develops an understanding of the importance of places to people

Outcomes - Stage 1 

GE1-1 

Describes features of places and the connections people have with places

GE1-2

Identifies ways in which people interact with and care for places

Science and Technology

Outcomes - Early Stage 1

STe-4MW-ST 

Identifies that objects are made of materials that have observable properties


Outcomes - Stage 1

ST1-7MW-T 

Describes how the properties of materials determine their use




ES2 and S3 

English 

Outcomes - Stage 2

EN2-1A 

Communicates in a range of informal and formal contexts by adopting a range of roles in group, classroom, school and community contexts




Outcomes - Stage 1 

EN1-1A 

Communicates with a range of people in informal and guided activities demonstrating interaction skills and considers how own communication is adjusted in different situations


History

Outcomes - Stage 2 

HT2-2 

Describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the

local community over time



HT2-3 

Describes people, events and actions related to world exploration and its effects


HT2-4 

Describes and explains effects of British colonisation in Australia


Outcomes - Stage 3

HT3-1 

Describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia


HT3-2 

Describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time

Geography

Outcomes Stage 2

GE2-1 

Examines features and characteristics of places and environments

GE2-2 

Describes the ways people, places and environments interact


Outcomes Stage 3

GE3-1 

Describes the diverse features and characteristics of places and environments

GE3-2 

Explains interactions and connections between people, places and environments


Science and Technology

Outcomes - Stage 2

ST2-11DI-T 

Describes how digital systems represent and transmit data


ST2-4LW-S 

Compares features and characteristics of living and non-living things

Outcomes - Stage 3

ST3-11DI-T 

Explains how digital systems represent data, connect together to form networks and transmit data


Learning across the Curriculum

Australian Curriculum General Capabilities

Other General Capabilities

Critical and creative thinking

Ethical understanding

Intercultural understanding

Literacy

Personal and social capability

Civics and citizenship

Difference and diversity

Work and enterprise

Cross Curriculum priorities

  •  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
  •  Sustainability

“A wonderful experience that many students from regional areas would not have otherwise experienced.”

Year 5/6 Teacher

Behind-the-scenes access with an expert guide

In this digital tour, discover the Indigenous history and cultural significance of Bennelong Point, gain an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the design principles formulated by architect Jørn Utzon and finally, learn about how we create live performance experiences.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

 

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Frequently Asked Questions - Interactive Programs

What equipment do I need?

All you need is an internet connection! Schools can connect through Zoom Conferencing in an internet browser, ideally it is best for you to do so using a conference enabled smart board or laptop however there are a lot of different ways to make your setup work so please contact us if you are unsure. 

If you require technical assistance with your video conferencing facilities, contact your schools’ tech support or alternatively contact our Creative Learning team at creativelearning@sydneyoperahouse.com or 02 9250 7770.

How do I book?

Click on the link for your preferred session time. If it is the first time you have used DART Connections you will be required to set up a username and password. 

Please note that DART connections is the booking platform for all of our sessions and you will need to book here even if you are not a NSW or DET school.

Once your booking has been confirmed, our team will be in touch with relevant dial in details and to address any technical questions you may have.

How can I arrange a test call prior to the session?

Contact our Creative Learning team on 02 9250 7770 or creativelearning@sydneyoperahouse.com to arrange a test call.

Is Zoom secure? 

Sydney Opera House uses Zoom to deliver its Digital Creative Learning and Creative Leadership in Learning programs. The NSW Department of Education has approved the use of Zoom for all year levels. 

Sydney Opera House maintains an enterprise licence for Zoom and secures its Zoom sessions by using passwords. Zoom protects participants’ privacy by letting them blur out everything in the camera’s field of view, except themselves. Sydney Opera House does not record these sessions through Zoom’s built-in recording feature or through other means except with participants’ consent.

To interact with Sydney Opera House using Zoom you need to either know the password for that specific session, or have the meeting link with the embedded password.

How can I prepare my class for their session?

To ensure your students get the most out of the experience, a Teachers’ Resource Pack is available for this program (see the top of the page). We recommend using these resources in advance of your digital excursion.

How many students can I have participate in the one group?

As the program is interactive, we recommend a maximum of 30 students in one classroom for the session.

How many connections does my booking entitle me to?

Each booking entitles you to one connection (meaning that all students will be joining the call from the one space). If you would like to book for multiple classrooms to attend at one time you will just need to make an additional booking and correctly record the number of students in each group.

What if I need to change or cancel my booking?

If you are unable to proceed with your booked session, please email us at creativelearning@sydneyoperahouse.com at least two days prior and we will do our best to accommodate you. Bookers who fail to attend on their booked sessions without providing notice may be barred from further bookings.

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