Block H - Visit 17th Century London
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.
Prepare tours for key London places, make souvenirs, role-play key people and draw maps, ready to transform your classroom into a recreation of 17th Century London at the time of the 1666 Great Fire. Become tour guides and teach visitors about 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.
Prepare a tour guide speech to inform visitors to 17th Century London about the key places that were involved in the Great Fire.
Design and create Great Fire of London souvenirs, using your knowledge of the event.
Create informative tabletop maps of 17th Century London, using your knowledge of the event and your imagination.
Using all you have learned about the Great Fire of London, turn your classroom into a recreation of 17th Century London. Guide visitors around key places of the time, tell them about this historic event and then invite them to choose a souvenir.