The Great Fire of London
Fire Safety Then and Now

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

Session 1 Fireman Jim's account

Objectives

History

  • Learn about changes within living memory.
  • Learn about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally.

English

  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates, listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers.

Teaching and Activities

Children will:

  • Compare fire- fighting today and the 17th Century.
  • Learn about fire-fighting during The Great Fire of London.
  • Listen to stories that tell you about people and the past.
  • Participate in discussions.

Provided Resources

  • Putting out fires
  • Fireman Jim's account
  • Fire equipment then and now
  • Sample venn diagram
  • Blank venn diagram

You Will Need

  • Empty spray bottles
  • Read and black tape
  • Labels
  • Water
  • Red and yellow paper

Session 2 Fire Safety Then and Now

Objectives

History

  • Learn about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally.

English

  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.
  • Apply phonic knowledge and skills as the route to decode words.
  • Write for different purposes.

Teaching and Activities

Children will:

  • Recognise how the fire started.
  • Understand what happened as a result of the fire.
  • Role-play an emergency call.
  • Create a poster that describes safety tips.
  • Use graphic and phonetic knowledge to aid writing.

You Will Need

  • Clifford the Firehouse Dog by Norman Bridwell
  • Optional: toy telephones

Session 3 Hear Ye, Hear Ye

Objectives

History

  • Learn that changes within living memory reveal aspects of change in national life.

English

  • Compose sentences orally before writing.
  • Write for different purposes.

Teaching and Activities

Children will:

  • Understand that the ways we communicate today is different from those in the 17th Century.
  • Vary their writing to suit the purpose of the listener.
  • Gather group ideas into sentences.

Provided Resources

  • Example warning scrolls
  • How to make tea paper
  • Example sentence starters

You Will Need

  • Teabags
  • Paper towels
  • Warm water
  • Mugs/ buckets/ bowls
  • Heavy books
  • Hand bells
  • Optional: a red and gold robe, black boots and a hat.

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.