Primary schoolchildren are discovering a whole new way of learning by becoming the first in the world to use a new app that brings 3D dinosaurs, spaceships and ancient civilisations into the classroom.

Anson Primary School in Cricklewood is the first school to use Sandbox AR, a cutting edge, no-cost iPad app that lets pupils use augmented reality (AR) to build and explore virtual worlds.

From walking with dinosaurs to visiting the pyramids of Egypt, the app brings learning to life by allowing pupils to travel through space and time without leaving their classrooms.

The school was chosen thanks to its reputation for teaching with technology and innovative staff. Once introduced into the classroom, pupils used the app to visit the natural world, explore scenes from history and even come face to face with dinosaurs.

Simon Pile, deputy head teacher at Anson Primary School, said: "We were delighted to be chosen as the first school in the world to use Sandbox AR. Our pupils enjoy the interactive experiences AR creates, and the app has helped us to deepen learning and bring the WOW factor into the classroom."

Sandbox AR, which has since launched globally, was created by EdTech company Discovery Education, which collaborated with London-based edtech charity LGfL-The National Grid for Learning.

Howard Lewis, Discovery Education’s managing director, said: "Sandbox AR allows teachers to create immersive, interactive learning experiences that unlock students’ natural curiosity and help them push learning beyond the classroom walls.

"Discovery Education is proud to work with LGfL and Anson Primary School to make this cutting edge, no-cost app available to educators everywhere."

Bob Usher, LGfL content manager, added: "Sharing inspirational and accessible new technologies to help schools improve everyday teaching and learning is LGfL’s priority. Our partnership with Discovery Education helps LGfL schools to stay on the leading edge when it comes to using innovative technology.

"We think that Sandbox AR has huge potential for use across the curriculum, for all learners."