Gallery: Great Fire day sparks schoolchildren’s imagination

Year two pupils at Queen�s House school, in Woodbridge, discovered what it was like to live through

Year two pupils at Queen�s House school, in Woodbridge, discovered what it was like to live through the Great Fire of London - Credit: Archant

Children at a Suffolk school took a step back in time to relive a momentous event in British history.

Year two pupils at Queen’s House, the pre-preparatory department of Woodbridge School, dressed in costume and spent the day reenacting life at the time of the Great Fire of London.

The children carried out activities from the period in history, including dipping candles, making bread, writing with quill and ink, stamping leather, weaving threads and preparing medicines in the apothecary.

Jan King, headteacher at Queen’s House, said: “We used a large map of London in 1666 to show the children how the fire spread from Pudding Lane across the city.

“The children learnt about architecture at the time and how it changed as a result of the fire and how significant Samuel Pepys was in the recording of the events and stopping the fire from spreading.


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“It really brought things to life for the children and they were very enthusiastic. It was a fantastic and informative day which I’m sure the children will not forget.”

The children also became archaeologists and excavated artefacts found in the embers of the fire to understand more about the people whose homes were destroyed by the blaze.

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To complete the experience, the children held a court hearing to decide who was responsible for starting the Great Fire.

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