STUDENTS are being encouraged to let their story ideas sail with the launch of a new writing space in their school.
Room X at Seaham School of Technology is set aside as a learning space with a difference, with changing themes brought in to inspire pupils’ writing creativity.
The latest look is a desert island, with sand filling its floor, a sea and island scene painted on to its walls, a hut set up in one corner and a campfire created out of sticks and orange fairy lights.
A sound system also adds atmosphere, pumping out the sounds of the seaside, and lighting effects can be used to turn night into day.
The room was created by the school’s technician team, with classes now being held in the space.
Geoff Lumsdon, deputy headteacher, said: “We believe in encouraging experimental learning where we can and whenever possible to stimulate the minds of our students and in different settings. We also try and make things as realistic and as engaging as we can. The students love it.
“They find it exciting, something different and it’s clear it makes it interesting for them. We’ve also built a trench outside, which we use in history classes and it’s powerful stuff.”
Among the work the children will turn out will be pieces written along the topic of survival.
Year 7 pupil Sammie Snaith, 11, of Deneside, said of the room: “It’s amazing and I’m looking forward to having lessons in there.”
Other themes have included a Jack the Ripper scene, where it was made to look like 19th century Whitehall, a CSI crime lab and an art gallery.