Exploring The National Archives
On a fact-finding mission about the Great Fire of London, Year 2 visited the National Archives.
The pupils learned about the reasons the National Archives were built and why it's so important for our country’s history. The boys studied old maps and were able to find Pudding Lane on them. They also looked at an original document from 1666 which Charles II ordered to be compiled. It showed names of people, where they lived and the number of ovens they had. The pupils were very excited to find the name of the baker Thomas Farrinor, whose oven is believed to have started the fire. It showed that he had five hearths and one oven.
The pupils finished their day by coming back to school and creating their own cardboard houses which were set alight to recreate their own Fire of London.