The Great Fire of London

Year Two pupils were recently mesmerised by flickering candlelight and the tales from a gentleman, dressed in the attire of a baker in 1666, about the Great Fire of London.

Mr Cadle, the History Man, began by using a model of London Town to show where and how the fire spread. He located the house of Samuel Pepys and revealed that the fire only travelled at 1mph, yet it burnt for 4 days! During the course of the day, the children were able to try on clothes and wigs, draw artefacts including cups and weapons, build the corner of a Tudor House and simulate how soldiers would have passed canvas buckets along a line to put out the slow burning fire. Despite the rain, Year Two then took their learning outside to witness a gunpowder explosion and to use pumps to put out a burning house.