History comes to life for youngsters

PRIMARY school children have seen history come to life before their eyes thanks to the Evening Star's Cash for Schools competition.Youngsters at Elmsett Church of England Primary School have been dressing up in period costume with their teachers as they learnt about the Great Fire of London.

PRIMARY school children have seen history come to life before their eyes thanks to the Evening Star's Cash for Schools competition.

Youngsters at Elmsett Church of England Primary School have been dressing up in period costume with their teachers as they learnt about the Great Fire of London.

The event included youngsters taking part in a mock enquiry into how the blaze started and how it could have been better managed during the event, funded with the £500 the school won.

Julia Connolly, school administrator, said: “The day has really brought history alive for the children, who have been learning about fire this term.”

The Great Fire of London began on the night of September 2, 1666, as a small fire on Pudding Lane, in the bakeshop of Thomas Farynor, baker to King Charles II . Most London houses were of wood and pitch construction, dangerously flammable, and it did not take long for the fire to spread.