Re-creating the Great Fire of London

As part of Quest Day, Mrs Sandercock’s class designed and created their own Tudor houses. The children explored the features of the houses and re-created them using paper and cereal boxes.

The children posed the question: why did the fire spread so quickly?

We took our houses down to the outdoor learning area and with assistance from Mr Ball, we arranged them in closely packed streets, like they would have been in London in 1666. We then set fire to the bakery in Pudding Lane to see what happened!

We found out that the houses were built so close together that they caught alight quickly and the wind was blowing in a particular direction so it moved the flames towards other buildings in the street. We talked about how huge the Great Fire of London must have been.