The Great Fire of Gateshead
This term we have been learning all about the Great Fire of Gateshead. We have been using the internet to research what happened. We then went into the outdoor area to experiment to see how quick wood burns. We made wooden houses just like the ones that were built in 1854 and burnt them on the fire. We were amazed at how quickly they burnt.
We went on a trip to the St Mary Heritages Centre to find out where the fire started and spread to. We were lucky enough to visit Bessie Surtee’s house. The only house that didn’t burn down in the fire! We had a great time and enjoyed seeing first hand where the fire started.
At the end of our topic we presented an assembly to our grown ups, we re-enacted the Great Fire of Gateshead. We made up our own song Gateshead’s Burning and performed it. Finally we showed our amazing collage art work of the Tyne Bridge.
The Great Fire of London
After learning about the Great Fire of Gateshead we began to look at the Great Fire of London. We watched a video of how the fire started in Pudding Lane and linked to our English genre Instructions; we pretended to be Bakers in Pudding Lane Bakery and followed instructions to make a soft bread roll.
We then looked at important people linked to the Great Fire of London and used Purple Mash to find out about Samuel Pepys. In pairs we pretended to be news-reporters and interviewed him. We loved getting in to characters and using a pen as a microphone!