Create and Design

Design and Make is an entirely FREE Royal Opera House national learning programme and competition for KS2 and is aligned to the National Curriculum framework for Design & technology


Children are introduced to a ballet from the Royal Ballet repertory and inspired by this, develop their own design concept for their set, following a live brief from Royal Ballet Director Kevin O’Hare to realise a final design.

They will:

  • Explore practical modelling skills, designing and making in 3D, improving skills such as manual dexterity, concentration and perseverance.
  • Produce a sketchbook of their research-led ideas, developing skills of personal expression and visual literacy as they work towards a final model box for a scene in the ballet.
  • Access the Maths and Science curriculum by learning how to work in scale and solve problems using a range of materials.
  • Develop their speaking and listening skills by presenting their work to their peers, reflecting and justifying their design choices.

Teachers attend a FREE CPD session to inspire delivery of the programme with hints, tips and take away classroom activities from a professional stage designer.

The project runs across the spring term, with a 10-lesson scheme of work presented in 10 lesson plans with a range of online resources on the ROH Learning Platform.

In the Spring term, teachers select their winning entries and submit them for judging by a panel of professional designers and makers at ROH. The overall national winners are invited to ROH Covent Garden with their class for a celebration of their achievement.

To register your school for Design & Make starting in November 2019, please complete this short survey.