The Gunpowder Plot

This week, we had a mystery box delivered to Pearl class. 

What was it? Who was it from? What was inside it? 

We talked to each other to think about where it might have come from and we had a think about might have been inside.  

Miss Varley took things out of the box, one at a time to try and guess the theme of the box. The first thing that came out of the mystery box were a box of matches and this helped us to think of a reason that matches could be used.  The next thing that came out of the box was a candle. We know that we can use matches to light the candle but that didn’t help us to guess what was in the rest of the  box. The third thing that came out of the box was a picture of King James I. We didn’t know who King James was so we had another look inside the mystery box. A calendar was the next thing out of the box and it had 5th November highlighted. What did this mean? Some of the children knew that the 5th November was the date of Bonfire Night and then Cyrus said that he knew about a man called Guy Fawkes. The other things in the mystery box were: a blueprint of the Houses of Parliament, a picture of some fireworks, a newspaper article from 1605 of a Bonfire and a book about Guy Fawkes. 

Today we were going to learn about Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night. 

We got to learn about Guy Fawkes and how Bonfire Night was started over 400 years ago. Here is some of the work that we completed in class. 

Here are some of the fun facts we have learnt:

  • King James was a Protestant and made a new law that made Catholics very unhappy. 
  • Guy Fawkes and his friends were Catholics and they disliked the King. They wanted his daughter, Elizabeth to be Queen because she was a Catholic. 
  • It took a long time to plan how to blow up the Houses of Parliament and it was all planned to take place on 5th November 1605 because they knew that the King would be there.
  • They had put gunpowder in the cellar, directly underneath the King’s throne.  
  • A man called Lord Monteagle, who was a Catholic, was sent a letter, warning him not to go to Parliament on that day. 
  • He couldn’t keep this a secret so went to tell the King. 
  • Guards found Guy Fawkes in the cellar, ready to light the gunpowder. 
  • He was arrested and put into the Tower of London. 
  • King James wanted us to remember the 5th of November as the day he didn’t get blown up so that is why we have bonfires and fireworks today. 

We learnt a rhyme to help us remember what happened all those years ago. 

Remember, remember the 5th of November, 

Gunpowder, treason and plot. 

I see no reason,  why gunpowder treason, 

Should ever be forgot. ‘

We used bright pastels and paint to create dome firework pictures. We even included some onomatopoeia to represent the sounds that fireworks make. 

How to continue the learning at home:

  • Visit a bonfire with your family and friends. 
  • Talk to your child about fire safety. 
  • Ask your child to retell the story of Guy Fawkes to you. 
  • Draw bonfire/firework pictures on dark paper with bright pastels or paint. 

2 thoughts on “The Gunpowder Plot

  1. Lacey – Mai “Your writing is so neat!”

    Cole “Where did you find the box?”

    Keiwan “Who gave you the box?”

    Elliott “Your art is so good!”

    Olivier “I like your fantastic fireworks!”

    Heidi “How did the box get there?”

    Dylan “Why did Guy Fawkes want to blow up the houses of parliament?”

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you for our lovely comments. Harrison – The mystery box was left on our stage in the classroom.
      Cameron – Miss Varley gave us the box to help us with our learning.
      Marcel – Miss Varley made the box for us.
      Samara – Guy Fawkes wanted to blow up the Houses of Parliament because King James was a Protestant and he made a law that the Catholics didn’t like.
      Love from Pearl class xx


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