This week, Mrs Clark and Mrs Shaw took a group of Year 7 pupils to The National Gallery in London. Having got the train to Victoria Station, they walked to Trafalgar Square taking in the sights of Buckingham Palace and the Mall. As we know, there is always so much to see!

In the National Gallery, the group were given a tour by one of the resident educational guides who was able to give a detailed talk about Van Eyke, Rubens and Claude Monet. ‘The guide showed us how to really look at a painting and understand it,’ explained Edward. ‘They showed us things that you wouldn’t notice the first time but which convey the meaning of the painting. ’We were able to see the Beyond Impressionism exhibition which was full of paintings by Cezanne, Picasso, Klimt, Rodin and Matisse among many others. The children had time to sketch and buy postcards of their favourite paintings for their sketchbooks.

The number 24 bus took everyone back to Victoria passing Downing Street, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.

A truly magical day and the children were very interested and engaged with all they saw and learnt. They were an absolute delight to take out for the day.