When it comes to history, lessons for one group of east Dorset school children have been far from half-baked.
In fact the children from Witchampton CofE First School, part of Wimborne Academy Trust, have discovered so many different ways of learning about one topic that they are destined to rise to the top of their class.
Pupils from Years 1 and 2 are currently studying the Great Fire of London, which started in a humble bakery in Pudding Lane in 1666.
As part of their studies they have baked bread, made Tudor houses out of cardboard boxes, dressed up in 17th century costume, reflected by candle light and enjoyed a visit from Dorset Fire and Rescue.
Head of Witchampton CofE First School, Cathie Bolton, said: “Studying a topic like the Great Fire of London is far more than just a history lesson for our children.
“We use themes from the topic to inspire us in maths, creative work and even personal safety.
“Thanks to Dorset Fire and Rescue we were able to teach them about fire safety and through making bread they have learned the cooking skills used by the real-life bakers of Pudding Lane.”
And the children are on a roll. They will continue their Great Fire of London studies back in the classroom by comparing life in the 17th century with today.
Witchampton CofE First School is in the village of Witchampton, which has a population of just 398 and is situated five miles north of Wimborne.
It is one of seven First and Middle schools in Wimborne Academy Trust (WAT), along with Allenbourn Middle School, Colehill First School, Hayeswood First School, Merley First School, St Michael’s CofE Middle School and St John’s CofE First School.
WAT was formed in March 2015. All of its academies are rated either Good or Outstanding.
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