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Picture This - 'Whistlejacket'


Each summer term the children at Ryecroft take a picture and use it as a basis for their learning. This year we chose the huge painting ‘Whistlejacket’ by George Stubbs. Whistlejacket was a successful racehorse owned by the 2nd Marquis of Rockingham and, although the real picture is in The National Gallery in London, a copy can be found in the ‘Whistlejacket Room’ at Wentworth Woodhouse.

The children have worked extremely hard and from this one picture have produced a huge range of creative work. We had a special ‘Day at the Races’ and were fortunate enough to have a visit from 4 police horses.

Jennifer Booth, who is the visitor operations manager at Wentworth Woodhouse, came to see our exhibition and we have been asked to take a selection of the work up to Wentworth where it will go on display in the ‘Whistlejacket Room’, alongside the painting.

They have also been kind enough to offer a free ticket for every child at Ryecroft to visit this picture and see their school exhibition inside this amazing building.

We have already treated our parents to a virtual exhibition using video and photographs on Class Dojo but now they will be lucky enough to also see this in person. We are extremely proud of our children and staff who have created such exciting work