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Willoughby sensory room is out of this world

Head teacher  Adam Booker in the Cummins Creative suite at Willoughby School EMN-140807-234151009

Head teacher Adam Booker in the Cummins Creative suite at Willoughby School EMN-140807-234151009

Pupils at a special school can immerse themselves in new worlds thanks to a £75,000 sensory room paid for by an engineering firm.

The cutting edge space at The Willoughby School in Bourne was paid for by Stamford-based Cummins Generator Technologies.

The room, which features screens on the walls and floor, allows staff to project a range of moving and interactive images. Pupils can take lessons in there or simply relax amid calming scenes.

Since it was installed by 4D Creative staff have been learning how to use the room and how to create their own scenes.

Headteacher Adam Booker said: “There are 100 themes and it’s all touch screen technology. Pupils can be looking as if they are in an aquarium, and then they can go paddling with the fish.

“A lot of the themes are for children to interact with and have their imaginations sparked.”

The school is limiting use of the room for the time being until staff are fully trained. But Mr Booker said: “The test groups have been amazed.That has been a good kind of response.”

The room is one of 40 in the UK and is fully customiseable. It will be used for a number of different purposes.

“We are going to be able to use it to desensitise children who may have difficulty doing things in the community.

“We will be making our own content. Children who struggle to get out to work experience can simulate it in the room.

“It will allow teaching to be interactive. We could be reading a story and going to the moon, and suddenly we are actually there.

“We will also use it as a room for calming and relaxation.”

Mr Booker also hopes to involved the wider community and offer the room to dementia support groups. He thanked staff at Cummins Generator Technologies for thier support and 4D Creative for installing the room.

 

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