Year 5 at Roche Court

Year 5 at Roche Court

On Thursday 7th June, Year 5 had the opportunity to visit Roche Court near Salisbury. This wonderful sculpture park is positioned on the side of a gentle valley in the middle of rolling countryside.

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Not only did the children have around 60 amazing sculptures to contemplate but the curation of these works also drew their eye to the gardens and formal parks, as well as the stunning Artist’s House. It was a cool day, with heavy outbursts of rain, but our pupils were absolutely amazing, throwing themselves into the day with real enthusiasm and interest.
We set off in four groups, each with an expert guide, who encouraged the children to look carefully at and ask questions about a range of sculptures and provided us with stories and background. The children loved the shapes and touch of the marble ‘Shapes in the Cloud’ by Peter Randall, were totally in awe of ‘30ft High Acrobats’ and found the story behind Richard Long’s Tame Buzzard Line fascinating.
The Roche Court team could not praise our pupils enough. They really impressed both teachers and guides with their searching thoughts and ideas. All the children contributed brilliantly to discussions, busily made notes and sketched what they saw (even if their paper was a bit soggy!). The questions they asked about the sculptures revealed very mature thinking. 
The children all agreed it was a great trip, with much to enjoy and contemplate. It was a joy to share it with such fantastically well-behaved children. Thank you to them for a great day out.
Sue Side
Head of Art