£8.8m Anfield’s Four Oaks Primary school uses special 4D room to bring lessons alive
Source: Liverpool Echo
Tigers, pharaohs and Vikings have been let loose at the new £8.8m Four Oaks Primary school in Liverpool thanks to a special 4D classroom.
Four Oaks Primary, just a stone’s throw from Liverpool’s Anfield ground, has added the eye-catching visitors to its register via the special room which uses computer technology to bring lessons alive.
The school has moved into a new purpose-built premises on the former Adam Street playground in the heart of the Anfield/Breckfield regeneration area
And adding to the school’s “wow factor” the £80,000 room transports pupils through a host of breathtakingly realistic scenes ranging from an enchanted forest to a tiger-dwelling jungle.
Children have also been chased by Vikings and seen dolphins swim around them.
Even the room’s floor can be tweaked so pupils appear to be standing on sand during a look at the Egyptians, with hidden artefacts appearing between their feet as they moved around.
Headteacher Sara Howard said the children and staff “absolutely love” the room which was “worth every penny” and used across the curriculum.
And she said it was proving amazingly lifelike.
She told the ECHO: “During a mother and toddlers group the topic was the weather.
“The computer generated walls that looked like it was raining and one girl was so convinced it was real she put her umbrella up.”
The school’s new home is a far cry from its previous ageing base in Walton Breck Road which dated back to Victorian times.
Its playground includes 11 large wooden sculptures based on a story created by pupils, a games area, football pitch, summer house, allotments, music and drama areas, nature walks and African thatched shelters.
The school, which is open to the community, is also home to three of the city’s existing classes for specialist speech and language.