Year 2s stood aghast as they witnessed, first-hand, the Great Fire of London today – or at least a recreation of the real one - by burning down their own model Tudor buildings, made specifically for this event. Whilst many were overcome with the excitement and fun of the spectacle and whooped with delight, some were genuinely moved to watch their buildings disappear as the fire took hold.
All were able to empathise with the people of London back in 1666 and think about the range of emotions people would have felt as they witnessed homes and belongings burning down. They imagined what people might have said as they looked at the remains of their homes amongst the pile of ash and we had a wide range of emotive statements from the children. All of these events were filmed as part of a final project to capture all of our learning about the Great Fire of London and we look forward to editing all the exciting footage together in the coming weeks.
Thanks to Mr Newton for helping to get a great fire going with a little added fuel and then standing by with fire extinguishers just in case! Thankfully, all went to plan and other than getting a little smoky, the children shared in a vibrant, visual and memorable learning experience.