7:00am Friday 11th April 2014
CHILDREN will be star-struck when they enter a new sensory room at a primary school.
Stars are projected on to the ceiling of the room, which also features a magic carpet and fish bobbing along in a bubble tube.
The sensory room has been created at Rudheath Primary Academy, and was the brainchild of Sam Mason, special educational needs co-ordinator at the school.
The room was opened on Thursday by principal Elaine Wright and Sam, and is aimed at all children at the school, not just those with special educational needs.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have a sensory room in school,” said Sam.
“There are very few schools which have these sort of facilities.
“It’s a space where children can go to relax and enjoy a totally sensory experience.
“There are fibre optic lights to play with, a bubble tube and a magic carpet.”
Circular lights are illuminated when children step on to a magic carpet, there is a star curtain and colour-changing patterns projected on to the wall, and bean bags and soft seating add to the relaxing atmosphere. It is a really gorgeous room when everything lights up and the water is bubbling away,” said Sam.
“Our aim is that as many children as possible in the school will benefit from this room, and that parents with babies or toddlers will be able to use this wonderful space.
“It will be for anyone who needs a quiet, relaxing space, and offers a relaxing atmosphere which nurtures children’s emotional health.
“Time spent in a sensory room has been shown to increase concentration and alertness.”
The room was made possible thanks to an £8,000 grant from Storengy, which paid for the equipment and its installation.
The school played its part in the room by funding several hundred pounds’ worth of toys.
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