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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 the food eaten at the time and contrast the diet of the rich and poor. Compare and contrast contemporary and period recipes and produce them for the end of topic exhibition. Study the Great Fire monument in London and build your own structure to symbolize this historic event.
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.
Children can choose to be either ‘Royalty’ or ‘Peasants’ to compare and contrast the food we eat today with the food available in Tudor and Stuart times.
Children will bake two different types of bread, taste, compare and contrast them and decide which one should be produced for the end of topic exhibition. Children will also design and build a model structure to symbolize the importance of the Great Fire of London.
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