One of the (many) things I love about living in London with my kids is all the access to galleries, museums and activities that just aren't readily available elsewhere in the country. A and J's school very much embrace what's on offer in the city and are particularly good at taking the children on outings. Today was a trip to the National Portrait Gallery for Year 1 and discovering how the posh folks of Tudor days dressed, how they lived and what they looked like. The tone was just right for this group of 5 and 6 year olds keeping them engaged and interested. The statement that "little boys in the 17th century wore dress until they were 7" elicited some aghast responses from the boys in the class! Each painting culminated in a few of the children re-enacting various family members in the portrait. Ava volunteered herself to be the 'lady' of the house ... maybe her one and only chance to feel life on that side of the line!