A TASTE of tomorrow is being enjoyed by pupils at a Sheffield primary school – thanks to the creation of a futuristic Discovery Centre.
Staff at Wybourn Primary believe the complex is the first of its kind in the city, and possibly in the north of England.
Housed in the school’s old IT suite, the centre has a well-stocked library, four multi-touch interactive screens linked to the internet and a wide range of up- to-the-minute software.
And that’s not all – there are also 10 iPads, 16 laptops, a fully stocked science lab and even a wet zone for practical water-based experiments and activities.
The centre was opened by Lord Mayor Coun John Campbell and parents were also invited in to enjoy a sneak preview of the new facilities.
Assistant headteacher Anne-Marie Stockdale said the centre was ideal for research, communication and presentation.
“It has been designed for use not just by pupils but by the community. It will help promote family learning as well as extending our children’s access to the latest in technology,” she said.
The centre, partly paid for by The Big Lottery Fund, reflected a new style of teaching, Anne-Marie explained.
“Learning at Wybourn has moved on considerably in the last five years. Children are now leaders of their own learning and enthusiastically approach challenges where they are asked to explore, research, investigate, experiment and then communicate their findings,” she said.
“All the pupils have now worked in the centre and are extremely excited by the facilities. Parents were amazed at what they saw.
“The room is brightly decorated and has interesting lighting and cosy hidden reading nooks,” Anne-Marie added.
The centre will soon be open to the wider community after school hours and already has a selection of books for adult readers.