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 Great Fire and to encourage pupils to think about the impact on individual lives caught up in the momentous event.

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Teaching The Great Fire to Key Stage 1

Despite being around for a very long time as an infant topic it still ‘does the business’.  Not only does it offer one of the best contexts for looking at cause and consequence, it also encourages the use of drama and role play to develop an empathetic understanding of the human dilemmas of the thousands having to watch their houses going up in flames.   Schools are now being more imaginative with their approaches, many bringing in the local Fire Brigade to put out the fire in the playground where previously junk-modelled buildings (made as part of D&T) went up in flames!  Don’t try this at home !!

The lessons here develop a deep understanding of causation, so that children’s explanations are better than some found in books. They also exploit pupils’ creativity, asking them to be designers of the new rebuilt London

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