Number of students that will benefit: 500
Age of students: 3-9
Percentage eligible for free school meals: 8.5%
Have your children ever wanted to travel…?
Maybe to a jungle, a coral reef, a desert or the Antarctic?
To outer space, or to swim with sharks in the deep ocean?
Perhaps they want to visit the Pyramids, or ancient Rome?
Maybe to be taken into the pages of their favourite stories.
Perhaps they want to travel to the future, to see what experiences new technologies can bring?
At Shefford Lower School, our aim is that your children will be able to do all of this...
in just ONE room.
Our planned, state-of-the-art "immersive classroom."
How it will work:
A classroom has been chosen in the school that will be transformed into the new "immersive room."
Three walls, floor and ceiling will become interactive ‘screens’ using a 360-degree camera.
On them we can beam all sorts of images and places.
And because the technology is multi-point touch sensitive, the children can touch the walls and interact with the images.
There will even be temperature control and colour changing LED lighting – and in the future possibly even a ‘scent’ machine – to make it a truly sensory experience!
The benefits are vast.
They include literacy, maths, science, history, geography, computing and virtual reality, spatial reasoning, broadening horizons.
To understand the curriculum in a meaningful way and develop new descriptive language skills.
And of course, to have FUN.
There is also a huge advantage for SEN children in the school, but also with over 500 children in Shefford Lower school ranging from 3-9 years old, each and everyone of these children will also see the huge benefits.
Different ways of learning and interacting with the environment, a visual medium, a non-traditional classroom experience, a stimulating or soothing tool for transitioning from playtime to lesson time perhaps.
Where your money goes?
Of course, cutting edge materials and pioneering technology doesn’t come cheap.
The cost of getting the very best "immersive room" for Shefford Lower School is £22,000.
But imagine – a wonderful community school like ours – having something like this! It will be incredible.
And a school with a spirit like ours won’t let a sum of money like that stop us!
The PSA is working hard to raise the money, and thanks to the sponsored bounce and similar events, we have already raised more than £10,000.
If we reach our £1,500 target on here, with other planned activities in the next few months we will hopefully reach this by the summer. If we don't reach our £1,500 target on here, we will still be able to purchase the immersive room hopefully by the summer but this may have to be done with out the interactive floor which is £1,500.
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