Today, Year 2 pupils took part in GBA’s annual house burning, recreating the events of 1666 during The Great Fire of London. Pupils had been carefully making their Tudor-style houses for weeks in preparation for this historic event. Check out 2017’s event.
As we crossed over to the burning grounds the excitement and anticipation were palpable. Once we reached the area, the houses were carefully laid out close to each other in order to mimic the real London of 1666. The bakery was placed into position. Mr Kane walked over to the bakery and lit the match. The fire had begun.
In keeping with real-life events, the fire spread quickly from house to house and pupils could been seen chatting about why this was happening. They were asked how the fire would have been put out in 1666 and how that may differ from the present day. This also provided the ideal opportunity to discuss fire safety with the children, enriching what they had learnt from their recent visit to Salmiya’s Fire Station.
As the fire reached its peak, Mr Kane and Mr Mark stepped in with a modern day fire extinguisher and brought the raging flames to an end (with huge claps and cheers from the children).
At GBA we strive to immerse children in their learning in order to develop a deep understanding and love for their subjects. By creating events like this, children get to experience a taste of what may have happened in the past.
We would like to thank all of Year 2 for their hard work and we look forward to the Great Fire of GBA (London) 2019.