Wellingborough pupils' get VR big surprise on return to real life lessons

Lion Academy Trust run four schools across the town

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 4:13 pm

Pupils at four Wellingborough schools were welcomed back into the classrooms with a special treat - a virtual reality experience to enhance learning in the real world.

The Lion Academy Trust which manages Olympic Primary, Ruskin Infant and Ruskin Junior Schools, and Warwick Academy, gave the returning students a CGI surprise with the new equipment.

Each campus is now the proud owner of 30 VR headsets to help with curriculum learning now that the children are back in the classroom together after the eight-week separation.

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Children from Warwick Primary School experience the VR headsets

Emily Hair, executive headteacher, said: “The awe and wonder this investment has enabled has been fantastic.

"The learning opportunities are exceptional and it provides us another layer to delivering our engaging and challenging curriculum in an exciting and innovative ways.

"The headsets are bringing the curriculum to life using virtual and augmented reality. You can even hold a human heart in your hand."

The 360-degree immersive experience has been a real hit with the children and a Year 4 pupil at Warwick enthused: "Today I’ve been to Mars, swam underwater to learn about the anatomy of a shark and walked down a Roman street. It is really cool and I’ve learnt loads of new facts to tell my parents.”

A spokesman for The Lion Academy Trust said: "The children have really enjoyed exploring new content with the support of these devices and have been amazed and inspired by their experiences so far.

"The children at these four schools are hooked straight back in to their learning this week as a result of this investment in the new devices for them."