Trip to the National Gallery

The boys were in a jubilant mood as we boarded the coach ready for our journey. As we neared central London and they began to spot some of the famous landmarks there were shrieks of excitement coming from the rear seats.

Once inside the gallery the boys were very keen to view the paintings. Despite the excitement I am proud to say that their behaviour was exemplary. They were calm, quiet and sensible as they made their way around the gallery. One of the highlights of the day was seeing the real version of Rousseau’s ‘Tiger in a Tropical Storm’ since we had read the James Mayhew story of Katie visiting the gallery and climbing into the painting.

Visitors to the gallery were impressed by the boys’ determined and focused approach to sketching some of the paintings and indeed by their results. Later in the day the boys were captivated by a museum guide who explained the detail in some of the paintings. They were particularly interested to learn that the painting of Saint Michael by the Spanish artist Berjemo contained real gold leaf.

No school trip is complete without a visit to the shop and many boys seized the opportunity to practise their recently learned money skills by working out the change they were due from their carefully selected purchases.

We would like to extend our thanks to all the parent helpers who kindly accompanied us and contributed to a thoroughly enjoyable day out.

Mrs Laura Crabtree

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