The Great Fire of London - FREE

Block D - St Paul's Cathedral

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.

Develop your ideas about this famous cathedral using drawing, imagination and communication; use charcoal drawing and potato printing to develop artistic ideas inspired by St Paul’s before designing, making and decorating a final model Cathedral.

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: Journey back in time

Find out about St Paul’s Cathedral and then develop your own ideas in charcoal pictures.

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02: The dome

Research St Paul’s further using paintings and sculptures and use clay to make your own 3D artefacts.

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03: Abstract art

Think about the way fire looks and the way it makes people feel. Empathise with the people who lived through the Great Fire and make your own piece of abstract art using potato printing.

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04: Designing and making a cathedral

Consolidate all your knowledge about St Paul’s cathedral by planning, making and decorating your own junk model cathedral.