The Great Fire of London

Explore this historical event through your outdoor space!

Our session begins with Alfresco Learning’s collection of boundary and safety games to ensure that your class have appropriate awareness of your outdoor space and understand that they are there to learn.

The children will be introduced to Thomas Farriner, his fateful bakery on Pudding Lane and the historical (and rather muddy!) wattle & daub method it was built with.

The children will learn that this was the method used to build houses in 1666 and so this is how Thomas Farriner’s bakery was actually made. As a class they will learn how to create a strong wattle structure using sticks and then have some fantastic muddy fun adding the daub mixture to complete their wall.

Using building Thomas Farriner a new improved bakery as motive, we will move on to investigating materials

In small groups, the children will work scientifically to evaluate the suitability of different building materials. Using their findings the children will work together to create a model bakery that has to be strong, windproof & waterproof. They will evaluate their structures as they’re built and improve them by reflecting on the results of our materials investigation.

Taking place entirely outdoors, this workshop is designed for Key Stage One.

The workshop acts as a memorable introduction to The Great Fire of London or can be used to recall historical facts & deepen understanding of why the fire spread so quickly. Your day will also tick off science objectives; covering lots of different materials & their properties. The practical hands-on approach to learning outdoors provides an inclusive learning style that creates a memorable experience for all involved.

How long does the workshop last?

The workshop is designed to be a minimum of 2 hours per class. However, we have successfully delivered full day workshops to single classes, providing an immersive experience. We aim to be flexible, so can cater our workshops to suit your needs. If you would like your class to enjoy an Alfresco Learning workshop please fill out a booking enquiry to get in touch.


Full day £300

Half day £225

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What happens if the weather is bad?

We will keep an eye on the weather forecast in the days running up to your booking. If heavy rain or strong winds is forecast we will contact you to reschedule the workshop as closely to your original booking as the weather & our availability will allow.

Do we need a large outdoor space for a workshop?

No! We can cater to a range of outdoor spaces and aim to show you a fresh perspective of how you can utilise the space you have available. For this workshop we do need a small grass area but a thin verge is enough, so don’t worry if your outdoor space is primarily concrete! All we ask is that we can use a space that is cordoned off at break & lunch time to allow the day to run smoothly!

Do we need to provide resources?

Nope! We will arrive prepared with everything needed for the workshop. We bring all of the natural resources your class needs, so you can relax knowing you have a prep-free day!

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