The Great Fire of London - FREE

Block C - Rhymes and Songs

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 about historical songs and chants connected to the Great Fire of London. Explore dynamics, pitch and tempo. Use all you have learned to create a simple 4-part music and movement composition, inspired by the Great Fire.

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: London's burning

Experiment with songs and chants. Change dynamics within music to change the effect, all while looking at the classic song ‘London´s Burning’.

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02: High and low sounds

In this session, experiment with pitch by exploring low and high sounds in recorded music and by using a selection of musical instruments.

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03: All about the beat

All about the beat - explore how to change the tempo of music- fast and slow sounds.

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04: Fire performance

Use all you have learned about dynamics, pitch and tempo to create your own 4-part music and movement composition inspired by the Great Fire of London.