Year 2 have been working incredibly hard to recreate Tudor houses which replicate those lived in during the 1600s - wooden beams, thatched roofs, windows made with lead and small pieces of glass, wattle and daub and wooden front doors. Cardboard boxes were transformed into Pudding Lane!
The big day arrives - there is excitement and apprehension. Will all the houses burn? Which house is the baker's house? What will be left of the houses? How will we put out the fire? Is Samuel Pepys' house in the street? Who will start the fire?
The first sign that a house is on fire is the smoke creeping out from one of the roofs. This is followed by some small flames flickering out the side. Before we know it the flames have grown and the house next door is also on fire. The fire spreads from house to house and brings each house down to small pile of ash. It is clear that with the houses so close together that they are all going to burn and the only way it is going to stop is when the final house crumbles to ash. Aren't we lucky it was just our cardboard boxes that burnt to the ground? The poor people in 1666 were left with nothing.