Last year, the children took part in an exciting project to explore and engage with artwork. They took a class photo which was later displayed at the Tate Britain among 3,000 other class photographs taken at various schools across London. This week, around 76,000 children were able to explore the gallery where their photographs were displayed for all to see. It provided a lovely image that we are all wonderful ‘works of art’, because photographs have a way of reminding ourselves about where we come from and where we are going; celebrating our individuality and enjoying our differences.
The children were able to quickly spot their class photo, which fortunately has been displayed at eye-level, meaning that it’s easier to see and recognise their own faces and think about where they were at that time, a year ago. They were encouraged to think about what their thoughts, feelings and aspirations were at the time the photograph was taken. The children later carried out some sketches, made some notes and took part in a series of physical and vocal activities to give them a richer experience of identity and culture: who they are now, and who they would like to become.
We finished up with a long walk along the River Thames, where the children were exposed to London life and landmarks, ranging from the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye, to a group of daring young skateboarders, practising their skills. Once again, a series of photographs taken to remind them of these memorable experiences to treasure in the years to come. It was a very exciting, educational and fun day for our current Year 4 (formerly Year 3).