Great Fire of London Workshop

Our Great Fire of London workshop on Wednesday 18th January was a huge success. The boys were fully engaged in all the activities and have written some enthusiastic and detailed recounts of their experience.

On Wednesday all of Year two took part in the Great Fire of London workshop because we are learning about this in our Topic lessons.

During the morning we did the jobs that people did in 1666.  First I was a candle maker and I made candlesticks.  We had to stick a wick onto a hook.  We dipped it three times.  Our wick went gold and the gold became thick.  I was astonished.

Then I was a baker and made bread.  First we all had a turn mixing flour, salt and water.  We rolled the dough into a sausage shape.  Next I crossed the bread carefully.  After that we pushed seeds into the bread.

Next I made Samuel Pepys a button because he needed to go to the King.  I drew my design onto a piece of paper.  Then I drew my design on a bowl made from clay and shaped it with tools.

Then I did some sewing.  I wrote my initials on a cloth.  Then I followed the line by going through the cloth.

In the afternoon we learnt that people in 1666 had a bath twice a year and everyone had a potty.

Finally we dug soil out of a box.  We found objects in it and we had to find out what building they were from.  We thought ours was a doctor.  Then we got a bag of clues and we still thought ours was a doctor.

At the end of the afternoon we got told about the final events of the Great Fire of London.  We looked at a giant map of London from 1666.

My favourite part of the day was sewing because I liked going down through the cloth and back up.

2L – Keeran Jithendra

One Wednesday we went to Orchard Hall for our Great Fire of London workshop.

The first fun thing I wanted to do was make a medicine for my sister’s headaches. The flower I used was in my garden.

Later on I made a clay pot. The clay was so squishy and I got grey hands. I knew clay could get very hard.

After that I did the hammer punch. The pushing on the hammer was very difficult. Then Luke gave me a doctor card and I rushed to the doctor. The doctor checked my heart and then bandaged my foot. Then they let me go.

Finally we looked at a map. The map showed all of London. It was a small city then. Now London is huge. Most of London was destroyed by the Great Fire. We saw Samuel Pepys’ house.

When I went home I was so excited to bake my bread that I did at the workshop.

My favourite activity was the clay because you could put a candle inside and it would stay lit for a whole night and day.

2C – Philip Mikkelsen

Yesterday we dressed up as Stuarts and imagined that we were back in 1666 on Sunday at 1am, when the Great Fire of London broke out fiercely! We were doing a Great Fire of London workshop. We went there to learn more about the Great Fire of London. The mistress called us masters. There were teachers, helpers and the mistress to help us.

First we did some morning activities. I did enormously hard weaving. I was furious and frustrated but in the end I did about two lines of it. After that I did the scents, which was enormously easy. You just needed some nice smells and to grind it and put it in a bit of cloth and tie it with a rope. Then I did the extremely easy button making. When we made our buttons we carved clay to make a special pattern. We made it for Samuel Pepys.

In the afternoon we dug slowly out of the ashes of the houses that burnt down from the raging fire. We also looked at the left over pieces from the fire and we looked quickly and quietly.

After that we looked into some tiny bags. We discovered more clues to finding what the house owner was. When we found two things then we automatically knew whose house it was. Ours was a candle maker’s shop (a chandler’s).

After that we looked inside a miniature Tudor house. In the Tudor house there were no toilets. Instead they had a potty under their enormously miniature bed!

Finally we went on the humid floor and saw a very detailed map. It showed where the Great Fire of London started and ended. The mistress put tissue paper on the map to show how the Great Fire of London spread fiercely. We learnt that 460 streets burnt down, 13, 200 houses burnt down and 6 people died during the raging fire.

2K - Ruairidh Macgregor Watson

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