Commemorating Events Beyond Living Memory

Block B - Bonfire Night and Guy Fawkes

Learn about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally: events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries. Choose from our series of lively and creative blocks: find out about key commemorative days such as Remembrance Day, Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving Day, the first aeroplane flight, Shakespeare’s birthday, the Monarch’s official birthday, important National Days and Commonwealth Day.

Read information about Guy Fawkes, think about his life & tell the story of the Gunpowder Plot; make your own Guy Fawkes; role-play the Gunpowder Plot; make Bonfire night inspired artworks and learn about fire safety.

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.

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01: Who was Guy Fawkes?

If possible start this block with a visit from the fire brigade to link the children’s learning with fire safety. Children will ask and answer questions about Guy Fawkes and his connection with bonfire night. 

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02: Remember Remember the 5th of November

Find out more about the details and chronology of the gunpowder plot. Children will use their learning to inform their drama work. 

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03: Bonfire Night

Why do we celebrate bonfire night? Share experiences of bonfire night and complete themed craft and creative activities. Review safety points for bonfire night and fire safety generally.