Performances, workshops, digital experiences and more
Primary School program
In 2023 we bring you a curated range of performances, workshops, tours and experiences to both activate the curriculum in imaginative ways, and to provide high quality arts experiences to develop our young people’s capacity to connect with their peers through the power of creativity.
- Program brochure
Stories from the Reef
Schools Workshop | Stages ES and 1 | Utilising creative arts, theatre activities and storytelling, students explore self-expression and playful exchange, inspired by the underwater life of the Sydney Opera House's Artificial Reef Project.
Schools Workshop | Stages 2 - 5 | Weave with Ngumpie Weaving artist Tegan Murdock to learn about traditional Aboriginal practices of purposeful and sustainable making.
Schools Performance | Stages 3 - 5 | Set against the backdrop of the Australian Goldrush of 1857, mixing historical fact and narrative fiction, Yong takes us on a coming-of-age journey of a young Chinese boy across land and sea, from China to the goldfields of Australia.
Schools Workshop | Stages 3 - 4 | Students in years 5 - 9 will learn about architecture, perspective, geometry and Jorn Utzon and Ove Arup’s Spherical Solution to gain an understanding of the mechanics, engineering and sheer creativity involved in constructing the iconic Sydney Opera House.
Schools Performance | Stages 3 - 4 | Inspire your students with courageous circus acts for, and by young people.
Bodies as Buildings
Schools Workshop | Stages 2 - 3 | Students will use dance practice to consider how architects create buildings for people to inhabit, work, move and explore in urban spaces.
What the Ocean Said
Schools Performance | Early Stages 1 - 3 | Join creativity and wellness for young students, with our specially commissioned new storytelling and meditation experience with digital projections. This is a sensory world of vivid storytelling, dreamy electronic music, animation, and the wonder of our Sydney harbour.
Schools Performance | Early Stage 1 - 2 | Inspired by Hilary Bell and Antonia Pesenti’s best-selling picture book, this immersive musical takes primary school students on an alphabetical journey around the world’s most famous harbour city.
Interactive Digital Workshop | ES1 - Stage 1 | Our most popular workshop explores the structure and stages of a narrative with a live facilitator, while encouraging the development of original, imaginative story ideas.
Drama Life Skills
Accessible Workshop | All Ages | Using drama making techniques, students explore ways to manage new experiences and situations.
Learning Through Play
Free Digital Workshop | Stages 2 - 3 | Join this free digital workshop created in partnership with LEGO, that explores how to play, why play is important, and what skills play unlocks.
Behind the Scenes of Sydney Opera House
Digital Tour | ES1 - 3 | Introduce students to the fascinating uses, features and history of this Australian icon and remarkable performing arts venue.
Teeny Tiny Stevies in Big Spaces
Digital Performance | ES1 - Stage 1 | Join much-loved children’s band the Teeny Tiny Stevies as they perform I Ate a Rainbow, Boy or Girl Colour and Boss of My Own Body, plus a selection of favourite songs from their brand new album.
Hunting for Inspiration
Interactive Digital Workshop | ES1 - 3 | A digital storytelling workshop for years K - 6 that begins with a scavenger hunt!
Digital Talk with Anh Do
Digital Talk | Stages 1 - 4 | Join us for this interview with Anh Do, author of some of your favourite titles like WeirDo and Little Refugee. Our host speaks to Anh about his creativity and inspirations for his work, his career, his popular and new titles and answers questions sent in from students.
Making a Music Track
Interactive Digital Workshop | Stages 2 - 3 | Fusing technology & music, students will develop their music-making skills while collaborating with a live artist.
Digital Schools Talk with Jordan Gould and Richard Pritchard
Digital Talk | Stage 3 | Discussing topics of First Nations, Creativity, Indigenous Languages, Autism and Creativity, join us as we speak with authors Jordan Gould and Richard Pritchard about their entertaining and educational series, Wylah: The Koorie Warrior
JackBuzza and Phos
Digital Schools Talk | Stage 3 | Meet Gamers and Youtubers Jackbuzza and Phos this Science Week as we explore the integral skills of collaboration, teamwork and critical thinking through the lens of gaming.
Digital Performance | Stages ES1 - 2 | Presented on International Children’s Day, join us as we meet much-loved author Randa Abdel-Fattah to talk about her new book 11 Words of Love – a book for children from all backgrounds about the many ways we love.
Guwanyi Walama: Aboriginal Perspectives of Bennelong Point
Digital Tour | Stages 2 - 3 | Join our Indigenous tour guides for an interactive digital exploration of the Indigenous history of Bennelong Point, the site on which Sydney Opera House sits.
Creating 3D Characters
Digital Workshop | Stages 2 - 3 | This workshop guides students on how to develop vibrant, 3-Dimensional authentic characters, exploring the three types of characters you'll need for your story - the protagonist, antagonist and supporting character.
Bulnuruwanha Taking Flight
Digital Workshop | ES1 - Stage 2 | In this on-demand resource, watch contemporary Indigenous dances exploring the Wiradjuri Dreamtime stories of the Magpie, Kookaburra and other birds, and play along with fun and interactive games & activities.
ARC by Erth
Digital Performance | Stages 1 - 3 | Explore the natural world of our feathered, furry, and smooth-skinned friends that co-habit our beautiful planet.
Infusion, No Movement, No Sound
Digital Performance | Stage 3 | Celebrating African, Indian and Australian rhythms with a global collective of contemporary and traditional dance and music.
Erths Prehistoric World
Digital Performance | ES1 - 3 | Travel to the bottom of the ocean and experience ancient creatures coming to life on stage for National Science Week.
Making a Music Video with Motion Capture
Interactive Digital Workshop | Stages 2 - 3 | Fusing technology & movement, students will develop their visual storytelling skills and collaborate with a live artist to create a movement-based animation.
The Opera House’s Teacher Resources provide inspirational activities to watch, listen and read for students in the classroom or learning at home. Teachers should adapt these resources to suit the student age, stage and the lesson outcomes desired.
Creative Leadership in Learning
The Creative Leadership in Learning Program is an immersive, and deep way to engage your school community with Sydney Opera House.
Take your students on a walking journey to learn about how Australia and a man from Denmark, Jørn Utzon, created a sculpture on Sydney Harbour that changed the course of twentieth-century architecture and the city of Sydney as we know it.
Plan your visit
Information on getting here, supporting your excursion and planning your visit for teachers and students visiting the Opera House.
Get in touch
Got questions? Contact us with any enquiries about our education programs for schools via phone or email.
P +61 2 9250 770