Pupils at a primary school in the district saw their work go up in smoke – as part of a school history project.

Year 2 at Glenaire Primary School in Baildon are studying the Great Fire of London, and on Thursday held a special history day to bring the event to life.

Children built their own tiny versions of the type of houses that made up Pudding Lane, where the fire started. And then they were taken to the playground and set alight to show just how the fire devastated the city in 1666.

During the day they also went into the woods near the school to make shelters, just like the families fleeing the city would have had to do.

Kate Thomis, year 2 teacher, said: “The children used scaled-down buckets and tiny squirters to try to put out the fire and saw how hard it would have been. It was a really fun day.”