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This half term we are going to be learning all about significant explorers. To kick start the topic Explorer Bear landed in our classroom with a range of different resources (binoculars, a camera, a sleeping bag, a map). We discussed why he might need them. We then took Explorer Bear on an adventure around the school grounds. We then looked at different significant people.  

The Great Fire of London Day was extraordinary. The children's costumes were brilliant. We used quills to write on old paper rescued from the fire, charcoal to draw Samuel Pepys, created a VAK timeline and burnt down our own city of London. A day the children will remember forever! 


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HR very kindly brought in some firefighter helmets. Two of them belonging to his Grandad from the 70’s and the 80’s and one belonging to his Dad. We discussed lots about them- their age, their colour and the safety of them. We think it’s amazing to see how much they have changed.  

During Tog up Thursday we recreated the Great Fire of London using powder paint. We used red and yellow for the flames, blue for the River Thames and black for the smoke. We then lined up and passed the buckets down the line to ‘put it out’, singing London’s burning. We realised how difficult it must have been to put out the fire. We linked this to maths and discussed how we started with a full bucket of water but by the end of the line it was nearly empty. So much fun and so many areas of learning covered.


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We kicked off our topic ‘Fire, Fire!’ with a fire alarm to excite and engage the children. The children listened really carefully and knew exactly what to do to stay safe. When we got back to class we discussed fire safety, how we stay safe and how fires are fought today. We went on a walk around school to find evidence of fire safety equipment and notices.