Time travel to the Great Fire of 1666

The Blue Coat School | 9 Oct 2017
Blue Coat pupils travel back in time to1666. In the bustling city of London, a fire has broken out in a bakery on Pudding Lane. As our young apprentices learn their trades, the fire begins to spread...
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Year 2 children were time travellers as they returned to the days of 1666, their task was to find out all about the events of the Great Fire of London and Sir John from the ‘Off the Page’ company was their ‘tour guide’.

Working as young apprentices, the children were immersed in the occupations of the time, these ranged from the delights of being a rat catcher to a the professions of a chandler, baker, weaver, leather worker, barber surgeon and an apothecary. The results of their labours were very impressive and showed how carefully everyone had listened and applied themselves to the tasks.

As the fire spread the children formed fire lines passing water from the well to put out the flames and tearing down damaged buildings. They returned to the charred ruins to unearth artefacts. Using only a pastry brush they searched for personal belongings and documents as clues to who would have lived or worked in the dwellings before the fire and how they lived. There were lively discussions about the writing of the time and the modern-day translations were a great help. The children really enjoyed this interactive way of learning but everyone concluded that they preferred living nowadays!

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