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

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

Teaching Outcomes
To compare fighting today and in the 17th Century; To learn about fire-fighting during The Great Fire of London.
To understand stories that tell you about people and the past.

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

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

Teaching Outcomes
To understand the origins and results of the fire.
To role-play an emergency call and create a poster that describes safety tips.

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

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

Teaching Outcomes
To understand that the ways we communicate today is different to those in the 17th century.
To vary writing to suit purpose of the listener and gather group ideas into sentences.

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.