The Royal Opera House has launched a virtual classroom, featuring creative home-learning activities for children.
Backed by former Royal Ballet principal Darcey Bussell, the free programme is intended for children and young people of any age and covers music, dance and design.
Activities and courses will be released free of charge on a weekly basis, encouraging children to learn about music, sing and create their own dances, as well as design and make their own sets.
Bussell said: "The Royal Opera House has played a vital role in my life as a dancer, and it plays a key role in the heart of the UK’s arts landscape. At this difficult time and as a parent, it’s crucial that we continue to celebrate and share with our children the many amazing aspects of performance, dance and music and I’m so excited to launch this exciting home learning series from the Royal Opera House.
"Join me and my family over the next 13 weeks, as we go behind the scenes of one of the world’s most loved theatres to learn and experience every aspect of theatre craft and performance in bite-sized chunks for all the family to enjoy."
The first instalment of the Create and Learn programme is available now, with new content added each Friday at 12pm until July 17.
The first activities comprise six creative challenges, from creating a short dance inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and learning about opera with songs from Hansel and Gretel, to making a ballet set using a cereal box.
The next set of activities will be released on April 24.
It runs alongside an existing programme of digital work from the ROH, which includes broadcasts of productions including the Royal Ballet’s The Winter’s Tale and the Royal Opera’s Gloriana.