Autumn Term topic 5


This term our topic  is

The Great Fire of London

The focus for this first part of the term is History. We will concentrate to begin with by comparing fire safety then and now, going on a trip to Safety Central on Thursday 28.11.19 and looking at the cause and effect of the Great Fire Of London.

History Focus


It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.

Pupils should develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They should know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They should use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. They should ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events. They should understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.

  • events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally


By the end of this topic the children will be able to ...

• Identify and describe in simple terms what the GFOL was and recognise some of the ways in which the lives of the rich and poor were different in London and in society at the time.
• Describe and provide reasons for the causes and effects of the The Great Fire of London.
• Reason/Speculate – about what could have happened if they had had an organised fire service.

• Describe the differences between primary and secondary historical evidence about what happened in The Great Fire of London;

• Compare and contrast the trustworthiness of pieces of primary (the writing of Pepys) and secondary evidence about what happened on the GFOL


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