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Year 5 'Plague Doctors'

Year 5 have continued learning about The Black Death. The children have created their own plague masks. Plague doctors wore a mask with a bird-like beak to protect them from being infected by the disease, which they believed was airborne. In fact, they thought disease was spread by miasma, a noxious form of ‘bad air.’ To battle this imaginary threat, the long beak was packed with sweet smells, such as dried flowers, herbs and spice.


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