The Great Fire of London - FREE

Block B - London of 1666

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.

Consider the design of buildings, the properties of building materials and the contrast between the materials used in modern buildings and around the time of the Great Fire of London. Make 3D models and 2D collages of Tudor homes, and re-enact the Great Fire of London with tissue paper 'flames'! Finally, a visit from ‘Mr Pepys’ will be the catalyst for the class to become estate agents!

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: Fantasy buildings

Discuss the properties of ideal buildings, including function and materials (this is an ideal opportunity to plan a visit from an Architect).

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02: Building materials

Learn about the properties of materials used in modern building construction, including around the exterior of the school.

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03: Builders then and now (part 1)

Compare and contrast building materials available today and 450 years ago using research and practical tasks.

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04: Builders then and now (part 2)

Evaluate the stability of Tudor buildings by creating 3D models, 2D collages and labelled diagrams and making wattle and daub.

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05: London's burning!

Create a model Tudor street and consider the effects of it burning down.

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06: Estate Agents

Write Tudor property descriptions, using historical knowledge, and present them in role to ‘Mr Pepys’.