Beware the Plague!!

July 13, 2017 by Ellie Linton

Last week Year 2 went on a fantastic trip to Staircase House in Stockport as part of their topic on The Plague. Whilst there, the children got into character by dressing up in costumes such as Samuel Peyps, King Charles, maids, bell boys, soldiers and link boys. They also learnt about The Great Fire of London by singing songs such as ‘London’s Burning’ and ‘London Bridge is Falling Down’, and moved around the 15th Century house as they were told the story of the Great Fire through the eyes of Samuel Peyps. Finally, some of the children dressed up as beak doctors, and learnt about different methods that were used to cure the plague. 

Mrs Savage said: “I thought Staircase House was a fantastic trip. The topic was really brought to life through dressing up and moving around the house. The children reenacted Samuel Pepys’ days from when he finished work on the night before the fire to when it stopped. The ladies who ran the day were brilliant. They were funny, informative and very good with the children. We will definitely go again!”

“I enjoyed being a maid because we got to chop vegetables!”

“I liked moving around the house because you got to see what it was like 350 years ago.”

“I liked it when Lorna told us what to say.”

“I liked acting out the play because you got to feel how it would be to really be there and see it through your own eyes.”