Children in KS1 started the morning with an exciting science enquiry. Using their understanding of properties of materials and knowledge of how the Great Fire of London started in 1666, the children were asked to predict what would happen to our 'Waterfoot Pudding Lane houses' if one of them caught fire. The houses were in a row. House 1, 2 and 4 were made from wood. House 3 was made from bricks with a slate roof. Some children predicted that all the houses would burn. Lots of children predicted that only the houses made of wood would burn. Ben said, "I think the brick house will take longer to burn because brick is stronger and more stable than wood." Once we were all a safe distance away, the first house in the row was set on fire. We watched excitedly as the fire quickly spread to the second house made of wood. The children soon realised that the house made of brick had stopped the fire from spreading to house number 4.
Fantastic discussions and reasons why using scientific vocabulary followed (after Mrs Sharples had doused the fire to make sure it was safe).