Discover

Our Discover stage is for Years 3-6, we start in primary schools because research suggests that is when many students first consider university. We also know that early experiences of education are the building blocks for high school and beyond.

Year 6 Discover Uni is the first of our campus-school connected series. All year six students from our partner primary schools attend a huge day on campus for a day of hands on activities and their first university lecture. Schools need to register using the registration form provided. Before and after the campus experience, students learn in school more about university customs and attend their own graduation ceremony.

Enter Stage Right year 4 students attend a theatre production at the Seymour Centre (the University's performing arts centre) relevant to their school curriculum, often a play of one of the texts they are currently reading at school. Before and after the program, the students also learn about the theatre experience and the concept of performance.

As part of the skills enrichment suite of programs, primary schools also have the opportunity to participate in film production & editing/stop motion animation workshops, occupational therapy and speech pathology programs and literacy and reading support, delivered through the volunteer Word Up program.

Activity Name

Year Group

Broad Aims

Description

Outcomes

Discover University

Location: On campus & in school

6

Discovery

Links to KLAs/National Curriculum Skills and Capabilities: 

- Literacy and Numeracy

 Students participate in a range of faculty run, hands-on activities that introduce them to the opportunities and options available at the university. The day provides the context for students to imagine themselves in the university environment and to link their interests with careers and higher education.

Students:

- describe the University environment
- understand the terms academic, university, campus, faculty, graduation
- explain why people go to university
- express a positive association with their university visit
- connect an occupation with higher education and the need for continued study post school

Teachers:

- understand the importance of introducing higher education in early primary school
- encourage conversations around higher and further education with their students

Contains 3 Phases:

- pre: in school presentation for teachers to deliver
- on-campus hands on introduction to university (full day)
- post:  in school session facilitated by Compass staff and volunteers to reinforce and cement student outcomes

Enter Stage Right

Location: On campus

3-5

Learning beyond the classroom

Links to KLAs/National Curriculum Skills and Capabilities:

- ICT, Drama, English
- Literacy and Numeracy
- Creative writing
- Team work

Students attend a theatre production at the Seymour Centre (the preforming arts centre of the University of Sydney) relevant to their school curriculum. Students learn about the theatre experience and the concept of performance and create a review of the play through a critical reflection workshop delivered in school.

Students:

- discuss a connection between classroom learning and the theatre experience
- engage in active story telling and experience text coming to life
- recognize the connection between theatre (the arts) and higher education
- begin to see how they can match their interests/skills with higher education
- define the terms: degree, theatre, higher education, audience, campus, analyse
- begin to identify university with both academic pursuit and creative pursuits
- experience and analyse a play or live performance
- enriched learning and understanding of the subject area

Contains 3 Phases:

- pre: in school presentation for teachers to deliver
- attends production at the Seymour Centre
- post: in school session facilitated by Compass staff and volunteers to reinforce and cement student outcomes