Our K2 class found out first hand what it is like to lose something precious, as part of this term’s Great Fire of London topic.

The six to seven year-olds spent time creating their very own paper houses, complete with thatched rooves, in an art session, before watching them burn to the ground during Forest School.

Form tutor, Mr Mike Patey, said:  “The learning outcome of the exercise was for the children to feel empathy and imagine what life was like in 1666.

“The classmates were proud of their houses, just like the City’s community would have been before them, so to see their property destroyed was shocking.

“As well as learning that Tudor houses were highly flammable, as they were made of wood and straw, we talked about our emotions and how devastating it would be to lose your home.”

The Great Fire of London swept through the central parts of the English city from Sunday, 2nd September to Thursday, 6th September 1666.  The fire gutted the medieval City of London inside the old Roman city wall.  It threatened but did not reach the aristocratic district of Westminster, Charles II’s Palace of Whitehall, or most of the suburban slums.  The fire destroyed 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches, St Paul’s Cathedral, and most of the buildings of the City authorities.  It is estimated to have destroyed the homes of 70,000 of the city’s 80,000 inhabitants.

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