High Stile, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1EB

Tel: 01371 872340


High Stile, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1EB

Tel: 01371 872340

The Firework Maker’s Daughter

During this term, Year 4 have been learning all about fireworks through their topic: The Firework Maker’s Daughter. This has been particularly exciting with lots of discoveries, creative activities and cooking!

On the first morning of their new topic, Year 4s came into school to discover their classrooms in darkness with mysterious sounds and smells filling the room. They had to solve a firework mystery and find the hidden firework ingredients in order to design their own. They were lucky enough to have a whole day designing, creating and decorating their very own firework inventions!


On the 5th of November, the children found some old pictures, newspaper clippings and parts of a story hidden in some ‘gunpowder’ in their classrooms. These items told the story of the Gunpowder Plot from 1605. The children learnt all about Guy Fawkes and the plot to kill King James I by completing a series of challenges to discover more. By the end of the morning, the children knew almost everything there is to know about the plot!


In our Art lessons this half-term, the children have been making some wax-resist firework art and a bonfire night picture using oil pastels. They have learnt a range of different techniques to help them in their artwork and have been very proud of these!


In Music, the children learned about Gamelan music which originated in Indonesia (where our topic story is set). They worked together in groups and performed their own musical compositions which were very impressive!

Throughout the topic, they have been listening to the story of The Firework Maker’s Daughter, completing challenges based on each chapter and have been writing both information texts and independent stories all about fireworks. 4LW brought a copy of their stories home to read, so you may have seen these already! 

To celebrate the finale of the story, the children were over the moon to be able to watch a fireworks show together yesterday evening. In order to prepare for the event, the children have been doing lots of baking and cooking this week. We have been making a very autumnal pumpkin soup recipe and a traditional Bonfire Night cake called Parkin. The children stayed behind after school yesterday and tried their tasty treats. Mr Jarvis very kindly offered to light the fireworks during the show and he received a great response and a huge cheer from Year 4. The fireworks were fantastic and everyone really enjoyed watching them, especially through our light-refracting glasses which made all of the light look like rainbows!


We would like to say a huge thank you to Mr Jarvis, Mrs Griffiths, all of the teachers for planning the event, the children for being so sensible and all of the parents for contributing towards the event and supported a different pick-up time, allowing their children to take part!

We hope you have a fantastic Christmas.

Miss Whittick, Mrs Hughes and Mrs Thapa