Pupils’ imagination sparked by state-of-the-art 4D classroom at free school

The 4D room
The 4D room

Pupils at a new school in Boston are being taught at a new 4D classroom which uses technology to transport pupils ‘anywhere they want to go’.

Pupils at Boston Pioneers Free School Academy were given their first taste of the new clasrooms with the stories of King Arthur and Merlin on Friday.

Gavin Cross from 4D Creative

Gavin Cross from 4D Creative

Jo Bland, principal at the school which held an official open ing ceremony last Monday, was full of praise for the room, which can change the images on the wall and floor and uses lighting and the sounds to immerse pupils in the locations of their stories and lessons.

She said: “We designed this building around our plans for our children and a huge part of that is the 4D immersive space.”

She said the room gives children the chance to go anywhere, giving a big benefit to those without travel experience. “It really is the latest thing you can get, there’s been a huge amount of interest from other around the country,” she added.

The room can be transformed, among other things, into outer space, a volcano and a chocolate factory.

Boston Pioneers Jo Bland

Boston Pioneers Jo Bland

Parents were able to check out the room just before Christmas.

“The response was ‘wow’, we had all the parents in there. and they were just blown away, it was like parent playtime.”

Gavin Cross, from 4D Creative, visited the school on Friday to showcase the room to the children and train staff in its use.

He said: “It’s been a lovely day and the pupils are a lovely bunch of kids.

“I think one of the oldest jobs going is that of a story teller. We used to sit around a fire and we still do.”

He said the technology brought storytelling to the moern day and allowed youngsters another way to stimulate the senses.

The room allows them to smell the forest or the fire and feel like they were a part of the story.

Cook class pupil Laura played Sir Gawain. She cheekily proclaimed that she enjoyed getting to ‘cut somebody’s head off’ and added that she would like to use the room to go somewhere filled with chocolate.

The room is the first one in the county, and Jo hopes it and the rest school will become a central part of the community, with local groups and organisations being invited to use it themselves once staff are trained and the school is settled.

It could be used for example, by a local history group to display the sights andsounds of Boston’s history.

She said: “One of the key philosophies of free schols is that their facilities are available to communites out of hours.”