The children at Bourne Abbey and Bourne Elsea Park C of E Primary Academies learning reached a fiery climax on the last day of term when their fascinating topic: London’s Burning…Fetch the Engines culminated in a real life fire experience.
On Friday 15th February, we were so lucky to be visited by the fire fighters from Bourne Fire and Rescue who brought their amazing fire engine onto the Key Stage 2 playground and set fire to the Year 2’s fabulous take care homework houses that would have been very similar to the ones seen lining the streets of London in 1666.
We all watched in amazement as similar to the Great Fire it took just one or two sparks and away the fire went spreading across a city of cardboard. There were gasps and cries in wonder as everyone watched the flames dance around. The wind whipped the flames helping it blaze quickly from house to house. Unlike in 1666 we had the fire brigade on hand to hose down the fire before it started getting out of hand and after a few short minutes all that was left was a pile of ash.
It was amazing for the children and staff to witness such a spectacular sight and it really brought to life all the learning we have been doing over the past few weeks. It has been an amazing topic and I have a feeling it will be a little while before the impressive event is forgotten.
The children and staff in Year 2 from both schools would like to thank the fire crew at Bourne Fire and Rescue for taking the time to help enhance the children’s learning of The Great Fire of London. Our topic really did end in a vision of flames, fascination and fun!