The Great Fire of London

An outdoor learning workshop for Key Stage One children

Explore this significant event through your own outdoor space!

Taking place entirely outdoors, this workshop is designed for Key Stage One and acts as a memorable experience to deepen children's understanding of The Great Fire of London.

Workshop enquiry

Cover science through the context of history!

The Great Fire of London outdoor workshop will cover key science, history and D&T objectives through nature and the outdoors.

Our practical hands-on approach to learning provides an inclusive learning style that creates a memorable, muddy experience for all involved.

Boy in yellow coat holding up muddy hands and smiling.
A child concentrating on constructing a structure using sticks.A group of children working together to build a model bakery.Two girls holding up muddy hands and shouting with delight!

Great Fire of London workshop outline

Get hands on with history, with our signature wattle & daub activity!

We will begin by investigating the wattle and daub building method used to build houses in 1666. The children will work collaboratively to build their own wattle walls using sticks and then finish them off by hand with their own sticky daub mixture!

Once our structures are built we will reflect on the weather prior to The Great Fire of London and discuss how this, combined with the materials, will have impacted the strength of the flames!

Next we will bring in some fun and movement with our very own Great Fire of London games.

Finally we will take a closer look at Thomas Farriner, his bakery and that fateful night when he failed to put out the flames of his oven. We then take pitty on Thomas Farriner and agree to build him a new model bakery! For this part of the workshop children will investigate different materials and aim to build a bakery that is strong & waterproof to help Thomas Farriner get back to baking his bread!

All resources are provided for the workshop - all we need is a grassy space within your school grounds and a class who are dressed for the weather to take part!

Workshop timings

The workshop lasts 2 hours and is available to book 10am-12pm & 1pm – 3pm.

Half day workshops = 1 class and can be booked either morning or afternoon.

Full day workshops = 2 classes. One in the morning and the other in the afternoon.

If you have 3 classes or more, please let us know on your enquiry form below and we can offer you a range of options.

Prices

Full day £375
Half day £225

Off peak pricing

During our quieter periods you can save 10% on our workshops when you book for them to be delivered on these days.

Please specify whether you would like one of these in your enquiry form.

Dates for 24/25 academic year:
9th - 13th September 2024
6th - 17th January 2025

3 children getting muddy building a wattle wall like the ones that existed during 1666

Areas we deliver our Great Fire of London workshops to . . .

Primary schools in Leeds, Wakefield, Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster, Selby, Huddersfield, Bradford, Burnley, Halifax, Harrogate, Wetherby & York.

We aim to make our workshops affordable for the children to enjoy and therefore only deliver them to areas local to our Education Officers. Schools located within 15 miles of one of our Officers will have travel included - additional milage will be charged at 45p per mile.

If you are located just outside of these areas, please still get in touch. During our quieter periods of the year we may be able to reach you.

It was great seeing the children work collaboratively and trying new things. Especially seeing children who work well outside, have a chance to shine. I loved seeing them getting muddy and having fun!

Year 1/2 Teacher - Waterfoot Primary School - Rossendale

The wattle and daub houses were my favourite part of the day and I loved that everything was provided, it was so well thought out!

Year 1 Teacher - Darrington CE Primary School - Wakefield

It was great to see outdoor learning bring KS1 topics to life! The whole workshop was great, Hollie & Jenny were brilliant!

Year 2 Teacher - Holmesdale Primary School - Sheffield

FAQ

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Do I need to provide resources?
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