The Great Fire

Outstanding KS1 history lessons the Great Fire


Coming end of next month   ( Feb 2021) : Brand new GREAT FIRE Enquiry lessons

Our  brand-new Outstanding Medium term planner on the Great Fire of London comes with a clear rationale and 6 enquiry-led fully resourced lessons. The planner is available to subscribers from Monday 11 January, with all lessons available on the site next months. Drafts may be available to subscribers from 18 January. The way to access these is to email your request using the Contact Us form. We will happily release pre-production material on request and let you know when all resources are live at the end of February.

The new look at a very familiar topic is a completely new revamp of the existing planner plus completely new enquiries which set it apart from the plethora of worksheets that have flooded the market. The enquiries are as follows:

Key Question I: How can we find out how the Fire started? You are the detectives
Pupils work in groups as detectives using a dossier of carefully chosen well pitched clues such as a map showing spread of the fire , a newspaper headline from the time, a range of pictures of the bakers oven, the sparks, where the wood was kept and a simplified diary from a contemporary Edward Harley. When they have solve the puzzle they compare their theory with that given in the brand-new Museum of London 90second video

Key Question 2: looks at how the fire spread and how we know and involves story-telling, sequencing, mime and a great activity called Prove It!

Key Question 3: explores why the fire burned down so many more houses than other fires at the time, using Post-it challenge and evaluate the text and film before pupils come up with their own explanatory plaque to go on the Monument.

Key Question4: is completely new and looks at whether enough was done to stop the fire. Pupils have to consider who should take most of the blame using a range of suspects.

Key Question 5: focuses more on the empathetic side of history in which pupils have to consider the plight of 75,000 displaced citizens suddenly without a home. How did they get by? It is really important that we don’t forget this human side of the event.

Key Question 6: is based largely on the existing lesson and put pupils in the role as designers in competition with Wren and Evelyn and others to design a new face f London which would not fall victim to another catastrophic fire.

The Great Fire of London – Key Stage 1

2 SMART TASKS AND Using de Bono’s Thinking Hats approach to deepen children’s understanding of the Great Fire. A fascinating short article in which 2 talented infant teachers explain how they successfully used de Bono’s Thinking Hats approach to both deepen pupils’ understanding of the...
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Help Tom to fight the Great Fire. Smart Task

This ICT based activity draws heavily on the superb new website created as a joint enterprise by the National Archives, National Portrait Gallery, Museum of London and London Fire Brigade Museum. It appears on the Learning Curve section of the National Archives site. The interactive...
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KS1 Star Lesson on The Great Fire

Why did the Great Fire of 1666 burn down so many more houses than other fires in London at that time?

In this exceptional lesson, pupils adopt the role of providers of a new plaque for a monument explaining why the Great Fire of 1666 burnt...
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6 top history ideas to cover in your Great Fire topic

Many of you will be starting your Great Fire topic this term. Naturally you will want this to be exciting as well as challenging and you will want to focus on the main historical concepts: in this case, cause and consequence and change. But you might...
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