Making moves: London Connected Learning Centre and Tate Exchange

London Connected Learning Centre, our centre dedicated to extraordinary learning with and about technology, recently took over the fifth floor of the Tate Modern in London as a Tate Exchange associate. London CLC have been associates of the program for three years, running digital and non-digital activities with pupils aged 8-11.

The space on the fifth floor of Tate Modern on London’s Southbank, with spectacular and inspirational views, is opened to Tate Exchange Associate organisations to curate programmes of artists, responses, workshops, talks and events.

Making moves

Every year, Tate Exchange Associates are asked to respond to a theme which runs across the whole programme; this year’s theme was ‘movement’. London CLC ran activities looking at the relationship between natural and manufactured movement, with the activities framed around the questions:

  • What is the impact of giving something movement?
  • Can we use the movement of our bodies to produce an output?
  • How can physical and digital/virtual movement intersect?

From puppets to robots

The pupils took part in activities allowing them to explore digital sound manipulation, robot programming, animation, film and puppetry. One pupil from Cathedral Primary explained, 'We listened to various different sounds and drew how we depicted them. I used dots and tape to show horse hooves and swirls to show water.' The children enjoyed discovering different ways of producing art, with another Cathedral Primary pupil commenting 'I loved making pictures from sound. It is really relaxing and free'.

Alongside the activities for pupils, this year London CLC also ran their creative arts forum for teachers from the space. Participating educators heard talks from visiting speakers, shared their own experiences and practices, and got stuck into the practical activities once the pupils had left the floor. A teacher from Hitherfield Primary School commented, 'It was brilliant, thank you. The group I took were mainly pupil premium and it was great for them to access so many engaging activities using the latest software and hardware. Furthermore, the setting was spectacular which added to the experience.'

On the creative horizon

London CLC now looks forward to future Tate Exchange programmes and their continued creative work, exploring how digital technologies help children and young people create exciting and innovative works of art. Sarah Horrocks, Director, London CLC, says 'Being a Tate Exchange Associate for the third year is a fantastic opportunity for London CLC. We are proud to have been selected as one of the 80 associate partners from the arts, health education and charitable sectors working as part of this unique scheme that is making a difference to peoples’ lives. Being a member of this growing community of innovative practice recognises the exceptional quality of our work and the creativity of our offer to schools. For next year's Tate Exchange event, we look forward to our London pupils and teachers being joined by children and educators from Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark and Finland as part of our EU Erasmus Plus project exploring the teaching of computational thinking in primary schools.'