History comes to life in Letchworth as Icknield Infant and Nursery School holds its very own Great Fire of London

The Great Fire spreads from house to house at Icknield Infant and Nursery School in Letchworth.

The Great Fire spreads from house to house at Icknield Infant and Nursery School in Letchworth. - Credit: Archant

History came to life for schoolchildren in Letchworth as the Great Fire of London was recreated using cereal boxes.

Year 2 children at Icknield Infant and Nursery School have been studying London, Tudor houses and in particular how the fire started, spread and eventually went out.

And after school on Wednesday about 70 pupils and parents watched as the cereal box houses were lined up and set on fire.

“The Year 2 Team and I were delighted to see so many families attend this fun and exciting event,” said head Jackie Egan.

“We are confident that the children will remember the evening and all they have learnt about the Great Fire of London.”


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The fire service was on hand in case of any complications, but fortunately the whole event went through without any issues.

Parents and children were then invited inside for a drink and a biscuit.

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One pupil said: “It was fun. When the fire was spreading it looked like it was going to spread all over the field.”

Another added: “It looked like it was actually happening but we were giants!”

A parent said: “The Great Fire of London came alive, especially when all the children sang London’s Burning!”

For more see icknieldinfants.herts.sch.uk.

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