We started this term doing some geography. We remembered the four countries that make up the UK and then began to learn about cities. We learnt that a capital city is the ‘most important’ city in a country - a place where lots of decisions are made. We then learnt the capital cities in the UK. Lots of us had heard about London and we talked about it. Then we went on a ‘tour’ of the famous London landmarks that are seen as part of the half marathon! We had to find out and write down information about each famous landmark!
Then we looked at the differences between present day London and the London of 1666. We found many differences! London looks completely different. The buildings, roads, transport and people are all different. We drew the objects from London of the past and present to compare the differences.
We designed and made model houses which had the features of houses built in London in 1666. Miss Holden and Mrs Jones arranged the houses to replicate the street layout of London before the Great Fire. The houses were very close together. They also created a layout based on the laws introduced after the Great Fire, in 1667 and 1670. Our caretaker kindly set up an experiment for us to demonstrate whether the new street layout was effective in preventing fires from spreading so quickly. The new houses built were also made from brick or stone; none of the outside of a building could be made from wood.
We spent a long time on our topic homework this term, producing some amazing homework. We had homemade bread along with instructions for how to make it, houses made from a variety of materials, some amazing fact sheets and pictures, among others. Mrs Jones and Miss Abbott were very impressed! We shared our homework with our friends, talking about how we made it.