London’s Burning

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Youngsters saw first-hand the devastation caused by the Great Fire of London in a reenactment held in their school playground.

Year 2 pupils at Thomas Eaton Primary School in Wimblington have been studying the historic fire, which destroyed the medieval City of London over four days in September 1666.

They wrote poems and diary extracts as if they were there were there at the time. They then made a 3D map of London out of boxes which was set alight to show them how the fire spread.

Teacher Jade Betts said: “They were all shocked but quite reflective afterwards. We spoke about how they would feel if it was their house burning. The work they have produced from it has been amazing.”

The children also sang the traditional ‘London’s Burning’ song in rounds.

The fire is estimated to have destroyed the homes of 70,000 of the city’s 80,000 inhabitants. Only a handful of people are thought to have died.




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