On 21st March, KS1 had a wonderful day travelling back in time to find out more about the Great Fire of London. The day began in the back streets of London in 1666 where we became apprentices, learning skills that would have been common for workers of the era. Trades that we learnt included apothecary, leather worker, chandler, baker, perfumer, seamstress and weaver. We heard about a fire that had broken out in a bakery on Pudding Lane and as we worked, the fire spread. With the flames drawing closer, we had the opportunity to take action to try to stop it by drawing water from a well, forming fire lines and tearing down and blowing up local buildings to create gaps or ‘fire breaks’.
In the afternoon, we helped excavate what was left of the city and looked at personal belongings and important documents rescued from the fire.
As you can see from these pictures, the children looked fantastic in their costumes and a great day was had by all!
A big thank you to all of the parents who gave up their time to help out and to Mistress Ruth from History Off the Page for bringing the event alive for us!