GREAT FIRE OF LONDON WORKSHOP

Topics Covered

The Story of how the fire began
Building Regulations
The Path of the Fire
Rebuilding London
Christopher Wren
The Plague of 1665

Activities

Art Work to Commemorate the Fire
Roleplay (Re-enacting the Story)
Chain-Ganging
Learn a Song about the Fire
Quill Writing
Opportunities to ask Questions
Big Quiz

In More Detail…

One of the biggest fires to affect our country – the Great Fire of London is an important piece of history. Our character will guide the children through the events that unfolded. It was all started in pudding lane by Thomas Farriner the baker. We will follow the spread of the fire and look at the path of destruction that it left. We will learn how it affected future building regulations within the London area.

One important aspect we will look at is how people managed to escape the fire. Combating the fire was done by using chain gangs and creating fire blocks. We will see how the fire affected the people of London in the aftermath, once it had finished.

To begin with, the workshop will teach the students about the days and moments leading up to the beginnings of the fire. Following this, our facilitator will lead the children in creating their own piece of artwork that will commemorate the terrible catastrophe. The students will:

Create a background burning sky with pastels
Use cutting techniques to fashion buildings significant to London
Use advanced techniques to create fire to simulate the burning building
Apply glue to stick these pieces down onto their background
Opportunities to ask Questions
Witch Hunt

Checklist

DBS Checked Facilitators
Fully Risk Assessed
Public Liability Insurance
FREE Resource Packs
Covid 19 Protocols in Place

Group Size

Up to 90 children (3 classes) can take part in a full days workshop. For large groups we will need to split the day up slightly.

Space

A big hall is ideal for large groups. However quite often we can fit into one or more classrooms dependent on the group size.

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