This week we welcomed the company “History off the Page” where our Year 2 children enjoyed a whole day exploring their new Theme topic “The Great Fire of London.” It is 1666 and London is bustling. Growth has been rampant, and closely built timber frame buildings filled crowd within the ancient city walls. Having come through an outbreak of bubonic plague in the previous year, the city’s population is hopeful that the worst is over. But a fire has broken out in a bakery on Pudding Lane. The children started the morning by becoming apprentices on the streets of London where they learnt the skills that would have been common for workers of the era. The activities included: Barber surgeon, Leather worker, Chandler, Schoolhouse, Perfumer, Baker, Metal Worker, Seamstress and Weaving. As the children learnt their trades, the fire spread. With the flames drawing closer, the children had to take action to try to stop it, including forming fire lines and tearing down local buildings. In the afternoon, the children helped to excavate what was left of the charred city, looking for personal belongings and important legal documents that can help the city start the process of rebuilding.