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Be gripped by this significant historic event from the 17th Century! Contrast fire-safety from the past with today. Study the buildings of the period and create your own buildings. Study the rhymes and songs of the time; study St Paul’s Cathedral and make sketches, prints, clay sculptures and 3D models inspired by this great building. Enthused by the famous diarists Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn, write diaries and read them at your class coffee shop! Learn about the food of the time and bake bread. Finally organise a classroom tour of 17th Century London to demonstrate all the knowledge you have acquired.
Find out more about how we fight fires today compared with how fires were fought in the 17th century. Generate questions about the Great Fire of London, research the answers and finally write reports for a class newspaper ‘Great Fire’ special edition.
This Topic is written for Key Stage 1. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.
Arrange a fire drill and/or a visit from the fire brigade to excite and engage your children in finding out more about how we fight fires today compared with how fires were fought in 17th century. Then begin to generate questions about the Great Fire of London, ready to research the answers and report in a class newspaper special.
Research answers to questions about the Great Fire using non-fiction books and websites. Then use these facts to begin a chronological account of the 5 days, on working wall and finally hot seat characters and ask them questions to inform your newspaper reports.
Become a successful news reporter! Revise the success criteria for a newspaper report, role-play a reporter interviewing people and then write up your class newspaper special edition about The Great Fire of London.
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