Story Lab

Story Lab

Story Lab focuses on digital literacy and Storytelling for children aged between 2-11 years. Story Lab uses animation and green screen apps alongside art and drama techniques to bring learning alive. Story Lab is a cross curricular programme that can support a wide variety of the EYFS and primary curriculum learning across all subject areas.  Through this programme children and staff can use technology to support all aspects of classroom learning.

In 2020 Story Lab has been funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation to support a three-year programme of learning in 6 Haringey primary schools and early years settings. This work focuses on teacher development and Groundswell can offer staff training in this programme

Story Lab can be delivered as a longer In- School programme or an interactive pop-up event for a festival or school event. Get in touch to find out more about Story Lab here

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    Project videos

    A Story Lab Project at Pembury House Nursery School in 2018 working with children and families.

    Story Lab funded by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation in 2019 The Great Fire of London Year 1 classes at West Green Primary School 2019.

    Peter Pan – A film made in 2016 with students at Chestnuts Primary School Year 1.

    A Story Lab Project funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation with Woodlands Park Nursery School and Children’s Centre in 2019.

    Little Bears Big Adventure

    In 2020 during lockdown, we received some funding from The Ragdoll Foundation to create a green-screen puppet film in collaboration with Alice Searle of Tiger Boat Theatre.

    The film focuses on the experiences of a group of children and families in London and a group in Portsmouth and tells of a bear who gets lost in lockdown and travels through the homes of all of the families during this period. The film gives a window into what children have both struggled with and valued during this unprecedented period. 

    Enjoy watching the film and then you can download your own lockdown life PDF and colour and draw your own story of lockdown – perhaps design your own puppets too have a look at other puppet making ideas on our resources section.

    Little Bears Big Adventure a film co-created by Groundswell Arts and Tiger Boat Theatre and children and families in Haringey and Portsmouth during lockdown 2020.


    “Story Lab provided me with the knowledge, confidence & skill to deliver exciting lessons using IT and creativity. Parental engagement was extraordinarily improved through this process also – brilliant!

     Teacher West Green Primary Story Lab 2019

    “SEN/EAL children particularly stood out as being able to access curriculum in a “complete” way with little support”

     OFSTED report for Woodlands Park Nursery 2018

    The project was amazing I really felt like I wanted to write more because I knew my script was going to be made into a film

    Year 5 Child Story Lab Chestnuts Primary School

    Project Gallery

    Green Screen at Winterville Festival.
    Story Lab project Woodlands Park Nursery.
    School Holiday Film Workshop Pickled Pepper Books.