Great Fire of London
Story of the Great Fire of London

Find out more about how we fight fires today compared with how fires were fought in the 17th century. Generate questions about the Great Fire of London, research the answers and finally write reports for a class newspaper ‘Great Fire’ special edition.

Session 1 Fire Fire!

Objectives

History

  • Learn about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally.
  • Understand where the people and events fit within a chronological framework.
  • Identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.
  • Ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events.

English

  • Ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge.
  • Maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic.
  • Use question marks to demarcate sentences.
  • Learn how to use sentences with different forms such as question, exclamation, command.

Teaching and Activities

Arrange a fire drill to excite and engage your children in finding out more about how we fight fires today compared with how fires were fought in 17th century. Then begin to generate questions about the Great Fire of London, ready to research the answers and report in a class newspaper special.

Teaching Outcomes
To find out more about how we fight fires today compared with the 17th century.
To generate and answer questions about the Great Fire of London.

Children will:

  • Experience our modern day health and safety based approach to the dangers of fire.
  • Begin to realise things have not always been the same as today.
  • Develop some understanding of chronology.
  • Begin to think about and ask questions to lead us into research.
  • Record their questions using a question mark.

Provided Resources

  • Image of modern fire engine
  • Image depicting the Great Fire of London
  • Time line template

You Will Need

  • Beginning History: The Great Fire Of London
  • Any other information books about The Great Fire of London
  • Whiteboards, pens and erasers

Session 2 London's burning!

Objectives

History

  • Know events beyond living memory that are significant nationally.
  • Know where the people and events fit within a chronological framework.
  • Identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.
  • Ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show understanding of key features of events.

English

  • Ask relevant questions to extend understanding and knowledge.
  • Find answers to questions by reading non-fiction books.
  • Learn about the structure of non-fiction books, contents page, index, glossary.
  • Discuss the sequence of events in books and how items of information are related.
  • Understand that non-fiction books can be structured in different ways.

Teaching and Activities

Research answers to questions about the Great Fire using non-fiction books and websites. Then use these facts to begin a chronological account of the 5 days, on working wall and finally hot seat characters and ask them questions to inform your newspaper reports.

Teaching Outcomes
To extend knowledge about the Great Fire of London through learning about the life of Samuel Pepys and understand how things have changed.
To find answers to questions and increase knowledge of the Great Fire of London by research and ‘hot-seating’.

Children will:

  • Develop some understanding of chronology.
  • Find answers to their questions about the Great Fire of London.
  • Learn about the events of the Great Fire of London.

Provided Resources

  • Labels for each day of the week from Sunday 2nd to Thurs 6th Sept 1666

You Will Need

  • Beginning History: The Great Fire Of London
  • Any other Information books about The Great Fire of London
  • LCP History timeline The Great Fire of London
  • A1 paper, (5 sheets)
  • Role play resources to represent the cat and Samuel Pepys, Jane and Tom
  • A working wall or other wall space to put up all A1 sheets

Session 3 Reporters!

Objectives

History

  • Learn about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally.
  • Be taught about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national achievements.
  • Know where the people and events fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.
  • Understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.

English

  • Write about real events.
  • Re-read to check that their writing makes sense and that verbs to indicate time are used correctly.
  • Read aloud their writing with appropriate intonation to make the meaning clear.
  • Punctuate sentences using a capital letter and full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.
  • Read words with –ed and –ing endings and use the past tense correctly and consistently.
  • Learn to use expanded noun phrases.

Teaching and Activities

Become a successful news reporter! Revise the success criteria for a newspaper report, role-play a reporter interviewing people and then write up your class newspaper special edition about The Great Fire of London.

Teaching Outcomes
To understand the ways in which we can know about the past.
To compose and write a chronological report of the Great Fire of London.

Children will:

  • Able to identify past tense, some irregular and regular spelling patterns.
  • Write reports, using the past tense consistently and correctly.
  • Proof read their own writing, and that of a peer, suggesting and making improvements

You Will Need

  • Resources used in previous sessions
  • A good quality newspaper
  • Flipchart
  • Editor’s cap or newspaper hat