Year 2’s topic of ‘Fire! Fire!’ is in full swing at the moment, with our History and Art lessons all relating to The Great Fire of London. On Thursday, the girls visited the famous (and beautiful!) St Paul’s Cathedral in London to bring their learning to life.
We began with a short information session all about the number of times St Paul’s has been rebuilt; the girls were amazed that the current building is fifth construction! Our leader then gave us a very informative guided tour, stopping to point out some of the beautiful structures and paintings on the ceiling and walls. The girls were even allowed to light a special candle just for their class!
The learning really came alive when girls were chosen to dress up as significant people from The Great Fire of London, including Sir Christopher Wren and Samuel Pepys. They also acted as firemen, trying to put out the fire using leather buckets.
After a quick lunch break to boost energy levels, the girls climbed the wooden staircase to the Whispering Gallery and were mesmerised by the dome above them and the view of the cathedral floor below. We were delighted that so many of the girls then wanted to climb to the next level – the Stone Gallery. After climbing some steep, stone steps we reached the terrace and looked out over London. Seeing so many famous landmarks was an absolute treat! But it didn’t end there… we then made the final climb all the way to the top! The view from the Golden Gallery was incredible and the girls were very proud of themselves for climbing so many steps to get there.
We can’t wait to reflect on our trip in class and use our newly acquired knowledge to write some newspaper reports all about The Great Fire of London!
Thank you to all of the helpers who accompanied us on our trip, and well done to all of the girls for behaving so beautifully – we are so proud of you!