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London's Burning

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London's Burning

Have Fun and Enjoy with your Family!


In this topic the children will learn about the Great Fire of London. They will find out about the key events of the fire and the significance of Samuel Pepys and his diary. They will make a class 3D model of the City of London in Tudor times. The children will read explanation texts and write their own. They will write an imaginative diary, using that of Samuel Pepys as an example. 


Poetry – Reading “The Great fire of London” by Paul Perro,and reciting it.  Looking at patterns on the page and writing our own fire poems.

Reading explanation texts and writing our own.

Diary – using Samuel Pepys as inspiration they will tea stain paper and write a diary entry, retelling an imagined experience of the great Fire in the first person.


Continuing our work on finding fractions of amounts of money.

Solving problems with missing numbers.

Real life problem solving using the four operations – learning to explain our thinking.

Data handling – Tally charts and block graphs using ICT.


History – The Great Fire of London and Samuel Pepys

Science – Materials and working scientifically.

DT Model 3D Pudding Lane

ICT – data handling maing graphs.

RE – Christianity - persuasion

Art – Collage of a London scene

Music – using musical instruments to play the song “London’s Burning”


At the end of this topic, children will present what they have learnt to parents in an assembly.  This will include a performance of “London’s Burning” using instruments, poetry recitals of our own fire poems, our artwork and much more.

We will be making a 3D model of Pudding Lane, and a collage of the scene of The Great Fire of London.


You could carry out your own research into what happened in 1666 in the Great Fire of London using the local library or the internet.  You could even pay a visit to the monument on Fish Street Hill in the city of London.  In science, we are learning about changing materials and experimenting with melting ice and chocolate – so perhaps you could try this out together at home.  Have a go at using a computer to make a graph or tally chart, by asking your friends and family a question and then collecting all the data to represent in any way you choose.