School Children invent new classroom app in a Creative Collaboration with Multi Award-Winning Theatre and Tech Professionals

In a one of a kind partnership between four primary schools, a theatre company and a multi award winning technology company based in Swansea, a brand new app project has been taking place this spring.

It’s not often that an app for children is created by children, but that gets to the heart of the ethos behind this project. The app went live this week at a special event hosted by Sketty Primary School for the young app developers and project partners. It is now available to download for free from the App Store and Google Play.

"We wanted to give young, creative minds the same tools and industry support that any professional company or organisation looking to create a successful educational app would have access to. Our award-winning productions often tell inspirational stories, challenging preconceptions about what people are capable of, and we’ve been delighted that this exciting project has delivered just that to our local community"
Nancy Sheterline, Marketing, Press and Communications Manager at Theatr na nÓg.

Over 4 months, year 4, 5 and 6 pupils from Oystermouth, Sketty, Cwmafan and Trelales Primary Schools have been receiving training and support from Learning Technology Company Aspire2Be and Theatr na nÓg. The children were involved in every step of the development process – from creating a brief, to designing the structure, icons, look and feel, as well as creating the content.

Packed full of interactive activities, classroom challenges and behind the scenes content, the finished app will be used by hundreds of schools across the UK and beyond, to inspire creative classroom projects linked to topics such as Climate Change, biodiversity, society and health, theatre production and weather systems.
The topics covered by the app all relate to themes in Theatr na nÓg’s award-winning productions for schools.

The app also hosts an extensive stockpile of lesson plans created by a team of teachers, designed to tie into the Areas of Learning and Experience that are central to the new Curriculum for Wales. It is an exciting time for education in Wales, with the value of creativity and self-led learning being recognised within the curriculum. It is hoped that this flagship project will help to demonstrate the combined power of technology and creativity for educating the next generation.

This innovative project has received over £10,000 funding from the Arts Council Wales Creative Collaboration fund and further support from Western Power Distribution, Arts and Business Wales and the Colwinston Trust.

The app is completely free and available by searching for ‘Theatr na nÓg’ on all major app providers.

Theatr na nÓg go on UK tour this autumn with an original musical about climate change, Eye of the Storm (Winner of Best Show for Children and Young People at Wales Theatre Awards 2018) and present The Butterfly Hunter, a new production about famous Welsh scientist Alfred Russel Wallace, who discovered the theory of evolution independently of Charles Darwin, for a 7 week run for schools in Swansea throughout September and October.


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