Young EntrepreneurDT - In the spotlight

10th February 2012 at 00:00

Opera goes interactive

Many students see opera and ballet as out of bounds, confined to the haut monde of the opera house and theatre when they would much rather surrender to the latest interactive entertainment.

But Royal Opera House Education has a series of free interactive whiteboard resources that bring these art forms alive in the classroom in a format designed to appeal to young learners. They include images, audio, video, and exercises for key stage 3 students related to the national curriculum.

The resources are downloadable at Promethean Planet and feature four lessons on ballet and opera. Students can build a glossary, establish characters and storylines through interactive tasks and learn about the significance of gesture in performance.

Step-by-step lesson plans and guides are included, as well as interviews with choreographers, composers, dancers and opera singers (also available from iTunes U) alongside footage from rehearsals, and costume and set designs.

What else?

- Bashstreetboy has shared a creative activity that helps to demystify the opera for KS3 students.

- Inspire opera appreciation with dsoggiu's resource on Gianni Schicchi.

- bexta2uk has shared a complete scheme of work for teaching ballet and contemporary dance.

For all links and resources visit

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now