The Great Fire of London - FREE

Block F - Diaries

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 the famous diarists Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn. Write your own diary entries, including a realistic entry set during the Great Fire. Finally, share diaries in a ‘coffee house’ setting to celebrate the completion of this block.

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 ARE they?

Find out about famous diarists Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn; learn about the art of diary writing and write your own diary entry.

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02: FREEZE!

Role-play scenes from the Great Fire of London that were captured in diary entries at the time; Perform and perfect your scenes; capture a key moment in a ‘freeze frame’ photograph.

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03: What did you say?

Look carefully at your freeze frame pictures; write speech bubbles to depict the emotions experienced by the people in the scene.

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04: Quills and ink!

Learn about the writing implements of the 17th Century; make your own quill and ink; write a realistic looking diary page about an incident during the Great Fire of London 1666.

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05: Coffee House!

Use paint to recreate an authentic looking diary cover for your historic diary; read your diary to other children in a ‘coffee house’ setting to celebrate the completion of this block.