Elementary 1 visited the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square on 12th November 2013.
The excitement started when we walked from the bus stop to the museum and children met a man who had a real hawk on his arm and they were responsible for scaring the pigeons away from Trafalgar Square. The man let the children watch as the hawk flew over their head and scattered the pigeons in all directions! Elementary 1 loved it!
Inside the National Gallery, we started with a snack time and then we looked, not only at the beautiful building with gold on the ceiling, but also at the most colourful mosaic floor.
Whilst walking around the gallery, Elementary 1 began to look at different pictures that showed animals. This was perfect as we linked this visit to our animal term project. We looked at Reynold's "Lady Cockburn and her Three Eldest Sons" in which a macaw was the painter's pet bird.
The children also loved seeing the big race horse painting "Whistlejacket" by George Stubbs.
As preparation for Christmas and linking into the Nativity story, we took a closer look at the enormous painting by Reni which was called "The Adoration of the Shepherds”. The children spotted the little sheep in the right corner of the painting which was a gift from the shepherds to baby Jesus.
Throughout the school year we will also celebrate different festivals and religions from around the world and we are looking forward to that!