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Block E - Fire Safety Then and Now

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.

Learn about modern and 17th Century fire-fighting. Understand how the Great Fire of London started, spread and what the results were.  Finally, think about your own fire safety, before creating a poster.

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: Fireman Jim's account

Compare the fire-fighting methods of today with the methods of the 17th Century.

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02: Fire Safety Then and Now

Find out about fire safety, role-playing an emergency call and creating a poster describing safety tips.

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03: Hear Ye, Hear Ye

Learn about communicating in the 17th Century and make up your own scroll message to alert others to a fire.