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.

Discover University year 3 is the first of our campus-school connected series. All year threes from our partner primary schools attend a huge day on campus for a day of hands on activities and their first university lecture. Pre and post 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. Pre and post the students also learn about the theatre experience and the concept of performance.

Rapt in History year 5 students attend a guided tour of the University of Sydney's Nicholson Museum relevant to their curriculum area, which houses the largest collection of antiquities in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere. Often the focus is an in-depth study of Ancient Egyptian customs and the role of archaeologists.

Giant Science year 6 students participate in a day of hands-on activities organised by the University's Science Alliance program. Students learn in-depth about biology and are inspired to pursue their own experiments.

Back at school Word up volunteers from the University of Sydney community (undergraduate students, postgraduate students, staff members and alumni) provide one-on-one literacy/reading tutor program. Word up volunteers also work with high school students.

Activity Name Year Group Broad Aims Description Outcomes

Discover University

Location: On campus & in school

3

Discovery

Links to KLAs/National Curriculum Skills and Capabilities: 

- Literacy and Numeracy

The first of our campus-school connected '3 Phase' series. Phase two takes place on-campus and introduces students to the University of Sydney to participate in hands-on activities. Pre and post the campus experience, students learn in school more about university customs and attend their own graduation ceremony.

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

4

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. Contains 3 Phases.

Students also learn about the theatre experience and the concept of performance.

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

Rapt in History

Location: On campus

5

Link between universities and knowledge creation

Links to KLAs/National Curriculum Skills and Capabilities:

- HSIE or Science
- Literacy and Numeracy
- Critical Thinking
- Team work

Students attend a guided tour of the University of Sydney's Nicholson Museum relevant to their curriculum area, which houses the largest collection of antiquities in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere.

Can include a 3 phase program for in-depth study about Ancient Egyptian customs and the role of archaeologists.

Students:

- begin to understand the role of a university in creating new knowledge
- deepen their understanding of concepts about history, knowledge, museum and higher education
- begin to understand the connection between an interest and a potential study pathway
- have an opportunity to recognise the link between studying at university and contributing to a learning in a particular area
- enrich students learning and understanding of the specific subject area

Contains 3 Phases:

- pre: in school presentation for teachers to deliver
- post:  in school session facilitated by Compass staff and volunteers to reinforce and cement student outcomes

Giant Science

Location: On campus

6

Role of the individual in knowledge creation

Links to KLAs/National Curriculum Skills and Capabilities:

- Science and HSIE
- Literacy and Numeracy
- Information and communication technology
- Team work

Students participate in a day of hands-on activities organised by the Faculty of Science's Science Alliance at the University of Sydney.

Students learn in-depth about biology and are inspired to pursue their own experiments.

Students:

- describe their own role and agency in creating knowledge through investigation and inquiry
- understand different areas of specialization in science
- begin to understand the connection between higher education and self agency
- articulate the purpose of inquiry as a means of learning/research/experimenting
- identify a recognition of the university space and can visualize themselves in this space in the future rich students learning and understanding of the specific subject area

Contains 3 Phase element:

- a pre-visit presentation for teachers to deliver, and a follow up session In school  facilitated by Compass volunteers to reinforce the student outcomes above