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Fire Topic Overview

Imaginative & exciting! Theme 1 (Science) Fire/sun myths then heating/cooling materials, sun, seasons, climates. Th 2 (History) Great Fire of London, Th 3 (Creative Arts) dragons, fire music/dances, Th 4 (Geog/D&T) fire safety & firework festivals.

 
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01: N Plan 2 Recounts & reports: The Great Fire of London Weeks 1 - 2

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Chn imagine what it was like to be in London in the time of the Great Fire (1666). They write an imaginary recount about escaping from the fire, what would they save? They learn about Pepys and pretend they are a child from that time and write a diary.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Literacy 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b, 11c, 12a, 12b, 1a, 1c, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 3c, 5a, 5b, 5d, 5e, 5f, 7b, 7c, 7d, 8b, 8c, 9a, 9c, 9d, 9e
  • Range: English NC En2 7a, En3 9c

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01: The Story of the Great Fire of London

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In this session the children are told the story of the Great Fire and encouraged to build up a visual picture of what London was like at that time. They then consider the major differences between then and now using words, phrases and pictures.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 1c, 1d, 2a
  • History 2a, 2b
  • Range: English NC En3 9d , History 6d

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01a: The Great Fire: What would I save?

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Children discuss how the fire spread and what it destroyed. They consider how difficult it was to stop due to the wooden houses and wind. They then think what possessions they would take with them if they had to clear their homes.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 1c, 1d, 2a, 3e
  • History 2a, 2b
  • Range: English NC En3 9d , History 6d

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02: 3D models of Tudor London

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Children plan the building of a 3D model of London streets at that time with a view to enacting scenes from the Great Fire. They think carefully about the materials they need and how best to represent the crowded and busy streets.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • DesignAndTechnology 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e
  • History 2a, 3, 4a, 4b
  • Range: Design and Technology 5b, 5c , History 6d

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  • As many cardboard boxes as possible, lots of different sized card, blue tissue paper, blue material. Plus a large amount of space in your classroom/ hall.

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02a: Finishing models of Tudor London

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The 3D models are completed in this session with the addition of ‘rubbish’, straw etc on the streets and with the models being spray painted or painted with big brushes. The chn then consider how it was the fire then spread so effectively.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • DesignAndTechnology 2a, 2d, 2e
  • History 2a, 5
  • Range: Design and Technology 5b, 5c , History 6d

You will need

  • As many cardboard boxes as possible, lots of different sized card, blue tissue paper, blue material, scissors, paper, spray paint, tape, newspaper. Plus a large amount of space in your classroom/ hall

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03: N_F Plan 3 Instructions Weeks 3 - 4

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This unit offers chn lots of opportunity to make, talk & work collaboratively. They begin by learning how to make bread before having a go at making their own. After talking & practising instructional language they write their own set of instructions!

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Literacy 10a, 10b, 11a, 1a, 1c, 1d, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3b, 3c, 5e, 6a, 6b, 7c, 7d, 7e, 9a, 9c, 9e
  • Range: English NC En3 12, En3 9d, En2 7a

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03: The Great Fire Drama

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Chn listen to an account of the Fire, including eye witness accounts and then describe the scenes using a range of adjectives. In groups they act out some of these scenes using their 3D model. Lots of questions should be asked to stimulate the role-play.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 4a, 4b
  • History 2a, 4a, 5
  • Range: English NC En1 11a, En1 11b , History 6d

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04: Baking bread, eating cakes in Pudding Lane!

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Chn discuss the bakery where the fire started and why is started so easily. They talk about and what a bakery is. They eat cakes based on the recipe used by Farrinor and then bake their own bread, learning about the role of each ingredients

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • DesignAndTechnology 2c, 2f, 4a
  • History 2a, 2b
  • Range: Design and Technology 5b, 5c , History 6d

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  • You will need to have baked some cakes using the recipe from the Pepys website before the start of this session. Also required: ingredients for making bread (see session resources)

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05: Writing diary entries after reading Pepys

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Using the dairies of Samuel Peyps & John Evelyn chn learn about the style of diary writing: first person & past tense, as well as looking carefully at the type of lang used. They create a character that they will then use to write their own diary entry.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 1a, 1d, 2a, 2b
  • History 2a, 3, 4a, 5
  • Range: English NC En1 9b, En3 12 , History 6c, 6d

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05a: Pepys' and Evelyn's diaries - and ours!

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Chn write their own diary entries. They include as much detail as possible and ensure they write in sequence. They rehearse past tense verbs and with the teacher, create a useful list of adjectives that they can pick from for their own writing.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 1a, 1b, 1c, 7b
  • History 2a, 4a, 5
  • Range: English NC En3 12, En3 9a, En3 9c , History 6c, 6d

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06: Publishing diaries on tea paper

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This session kick starts a series of 6 where the children make a detailed 2D scene depicting the Great Fire. They look at an amazing virtual tour of a Tudor village, then write their diaries on prepared tea paper & then make their own to use later on.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 3a, 4g, 5h
  • History 3, 5
  • Range: English NC En1 10a, En1 10b, En3 9a, En3 9d, En3 12 , History 6b

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  • Ingredients for tea paper (see session resources) for chn PLUS ready made tea paper for use in this session

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07: Finding out about Tudor Houses

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In this session, children use the internet and other resources to research Tudor houses so they can make their display as realistic as possible. They use search engines as well as lists of prepared sites and then collect both images and useful facts.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • History 3, 4a, 4b
  • ICT 1a, 1b, 2a
  • Range: History 6b , ICT 5a

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08: Making a Tudor Street

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Chn discuss what they have found out about Tudor houses and then using paper, bits of twigs and charcoal, they begin to build their own house to put on the street. They plan the house first, laying the twigs out before they start sticking.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Art 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 4a
  • History 3, 4a, 5
  • Range: Art 5b, 5c , History 6b, 6d

You will need

  • Lots of sticks and twigs, charcoal and cut out rectangles of cartridge/ sugar paper. Large display area plus you will need to have a large space available as chn will need to plan houses

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08a: Making a Tudor Street (2)

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In this session, the street starts to take shape with some children sticking their completed houses on the actual street display and adding roofs. They discuss how they are going to make it look as though it is on fire and what materials to use.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Art 2a, 2b, 2c, 4a
  • History 3, 4a, 5
  • Range: Art 5b, 5c , History 6b, 6d

You will need

  • Brown and black paper cut out as roof shapes, charcoal

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09: Making a Tudor Street (3)

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The real detail is now added: rubbish, straw as well as tissue and transparent appear to make the flames. Chn look at a candle flame to see the best shapes here. They then add smoke (grey paper) before mounting their tea paper diaries around the edge.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Art 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 4a
  • History 3, 4a, 4b, 5
  • Range: Art 5b, 5c , History 6b, 6d

You will need

  • Brown paper, sand, straw, transparent paper and tissue paper in red, yellow and orange. Grey paper, Candle and matches

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10: Town Criers in Tudor times

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Using a bell & scroll, the Town Crier is introduced as the person who alerted the people of London to the Fire. Chn think what they would have said to warn everyone & write their own scrolls. These are put on the tea paper & mounted with the diaries.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 1a, 1c, 1e, 2b
  • History 2a, 2b, 4b, 5
  • Range: English NC En3 9a, En3 12 , History 6b, 6d

You will need

  • Scroll, hand bell, tea paper made in session 6

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11: P Plan 4 Pattern & rhyme Weeks 11 - 12

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Clap the rhythm of London’s Burning. Find out about syllables and clap the syllables of names. Make up a round with the rhythm of London’s Burning. Explore nursery rhymes and discuss favourites. Make up and perform a short drama based on a nursery rhyme.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Literacy 11b, 11c, 12a, 12b, 1a, 1b, 1d, 2a, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3c, 4a, 4b, 4c, 5b, 5c, 5d, 6a, 7e, 8a, 8c, 9c, 9d, 9e
  • Range: English NC En2 6e, En1 11b

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11: Fire music & traditional rhymes

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Chn sing the nursery rhyme London’s Burning and compose music using tuned and untuned instruments on the theme of The Great Fire of London.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • History 1b, 3
  • Music 1a, 1b, 1c, 2b
  • Range: History 6d , Music 5a

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  • Copy of London’s Burning, (session resource, please make) Untuned/tuned percussion instruments.

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12: Performing Fire Music

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Chn practise singing 'London’s Burning' in a round and using dynamics. They notate their compositions and decide how to organise their performance.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Music 1a, 1b, 1c, 2b, 4b, 4c
  • Range: Music 5a, 5c

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  • Untuned/tuned percussion instruments Paper, pencils

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13: Drawing St Paul’s

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Chn take a virtual tour around St Paul’s Cathedral and look at pictures of St Paul’s before and after the Great Fire. They create drawings of St Paul’s using charcoals.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Art 2a, 2b, 4a
  • History 1b, 2a, 4a, 4b
  • Range: Art 5b , History 6c

You will need

  • Pictures of St Paul’s before and after the fire. Drawing paper Charcoals Aprons

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14: Design a new St Paul's

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Chn look at different designs for St Paul’s Cathedral and imagine that they are architects designing a new building. They create drawings and models.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • DesignAndTechnology 1c, 1e
  • History 1a, 1b, 2a, 4b
  • Range: Design and Technology 5b , History 6d

You will need

  • Design sheet (session resource) please make Construction kits Paper, pencils, charcoals

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15: Fire Investigation

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Chn discuss how the Great Fire of London spread so quickly and carry out an investigation. They learn how fire can spread and how fire can be put out.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • History 4a, 4b
  • Science1: Scientific Enquiry 2a, 2b, 2c, 2e, 2g, 2h
  • Range: History 6d , Science 1d

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  • Used matches Matches Metal tray Glass jar Bellows

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16: Great Fire Report

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Chn write a report about the Great Fire of London. They use features of explanation writing and demonstrated scientific understanding about the features of fire.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • English NC 1b, 1c, 1d, 2b
  • Science1: Scientific Enquiry 1, 2g, 2i
  • Range: English NC En3 9d , Science 2a

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  • Paper Pencils

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