Winterslow Primary School: 7 trips to the sculpture park in 2017!
The Roche Court Educational Trust has been working to support our most local school, Winterslow Primary, during the academic year to fulfil their ambition to introduce every pupil in the school to the sculpture park in 2017. Between February and July we welcomed every class, from Reception to Year 6. This created a real sense of excitement and anticipation as each class returned from their visit keen to share their experiences. Pupils in Year 6 also worked with Salisbury Museum during their visit as part of our ‘Origins’ project. They were encouraged to explore the artists’ ideas as well as their own interpretations, considering the sculpture through an archaeological and historical context. It has been wonderful to discover that children have since brought their families back to the park to introduce them to a local space with which the children are already familiar. We are very much looking forward to their return visit as a school in 2018!
Dementia Support: Laverstock Memory Support Group visit the New Art Centre
The Roche Court Educational Trust works with many specialist groups and in July we were thrilled to welcome a new group to our programme: Laverstock Memory Support Group. The group is an experiential memory support group for people living with dementia. Group meetings are organised and led by Elizabeth Bartlett in her own home. Elizabeth has over 30 years experience working with people who have dementia. While the Laverstock Support Group is meeting, many of the family carers meet as a peer support group at the other end of the house, and can share experiences of looking after someone with dementia. The group enjoyed a morning travelling through the park together, and experiencing the sculptures with the support of Emma Kerr, Head of Education. Music enhanced the experience, including listening to the Johnny Cash hit ‘Walk The Line’ whilst looking at Richard Long’s ‘Tame Buzzard Line’. It was a wonderful opportunity for the group to have a shared experience within the beautiful landscape of Roche Court.
Developing confidence through Art
In June pupils from River Mead Primary School, Melksham, visited the sculpture park to experience sculpture first hand in order to develop self-esteem, self-confidence and independence. All of the children who visited are part of a two year scheme called ‘The River Bank’ – a beautiful artist’s kitchen and studio where the children can begin to feel confident about exploring their world through objects, stories, food and creativity. Extending the pupils’ experience beyond the walls of The River Bank proved to be a very enriching and memorable experience for the children. They had an extremely expressive morning exploring the park and then responded creatively in the afternoon with a very large collaborative drawing!