Year 2's Great Fire of London!

17th January 2019

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During Year 2’s History topic of the Great Fire of London, the class created their own model of Pudding Lane and the surrounding streets in 1666. During their Design Technology lessons, Year 2 carefully designed, built and decorated their own historical models using their historical knowledge. To celebrate the end of the topic we re-enacted the Great Fire by burning our models! The weather conditions were perfect as there was a strong wind that helped the fire to burn through our models, just as there was in September 1666. Year 2 were thrilled to see their model reflect their learning in History.​
Here are our Top 10 facts:
  1. The Great Fire of London happened between 2-5 September in 1666.
  2. The fire began in a bakery in Pudding Lane.
  3. Before the fire began, there had been a drought in London that lasted for 10 months, so the city was very dry.
  4. In 1666, lots of people had houses made from wood and straw which burned easily. Houses were also built very close together.
  5. We know what happened during the fire because people back then wrote about it in letters and newspapers – for instance, Samuel Pepys wrote about it in his diary.
  6. Artists who were alive in 1666 painted pictures of the fire afterwards, so we know what it would have looked like if we’d been there too.
  7. To fight fires during this time, people would have used leather buckets, metal hooks and water squirts.
  8. People whose homes had burned down lived in tents in the fields around London while buildings were rebuilt.
  9. When houses were rebuilt, a lot of them were made in bricks instead of wood, and they weren’t built so close together.
  10. Sir Christopher Wren designed a monument to remember the Great Fire of London, which still stands today.