The Great Fire of London

The Great Fire of London

In 1666, London’s citizens woke to see the skyline above their city’s cramped wooden houses ablaze. The Great Fire of London is a hauntingly beautiful visual re-telling of one of the most well-known disasters in the city’s history. To commemorate the 350th anniversary of the fire, powerful and sumptuous drawings from the new east London illustrator, James Weston Lewis, bring the events of November 1666 to life in this stunning gift book.

Main Focus: Identifying Adjectives

This activity focuses on pages 4-14 and encourages your class to read the sentences to identify the range of adjectives that are included.

Once your class has complete the first activity, they will then use the word bank to add the adjectives to complete the sentences. They can also add their own instead of they can think of even better ones than the author.

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Main Focus: Phonics

This resource covers phonics phases 3, 4, 5 and 6 and is linked to a modified passage from the story.

Your children will read the passage and identify which words the sounds are located in.

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Main Focus: Word Mat and Sentences

Your Ks1 class will use the word mats to complete the given sentences recounting some of the events from the Great Fire of London.

Younger Year 1 children can cut out the pictures from the word mats to complete the sentences.

Your Year 1 / Year 2 class can also use the word mats for their independent writing. E.g. a recount of the events.

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Main Focus: Characters Biography

This resource explores some features of the main characters involved with the events of the Great Fire of London.

The resource gives information on Samuel Pepys and King Charles II for your Ks1 children to read and gather information.

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Main Focus: Characters - True or False

Once your class have has time to read the information about King Charles II and Samuel Pepys, allow them time to complete this true or false activity.

Your Year 1 / Year 2 class will read through each statement, independently or as a group and highlight the statements that are true, or factual.

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Main Focus: Capital Letters and Full Stops

This resource covers pages 1-24 and focuses on capital  letters and full stops.

Your Year 1 / Year 2 children must add in the capital letters and full stops or identify where they need to go in the sentences.

Proper nouns are included in this and it would benefit the children to discuss this before completing the activity.

There are 8 different resources to choose from.

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Main Focus: Suffixes

This reading resource is linked to Suffixes for Year 1/2 and 3/4.

In this literacy reading pack your class will cover: ance, ence, ous, ing, ed & er.

There are 8 different resource sheets for this so check them out.

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Main Focus: Sequencing Events

In this Ks1 resource your class will sequence the events of The Great Fire of London in the order in which they happened within the book.

This is a great sequencing activity to help your children reflect more on the events and chronology, looking for key indicators.

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Main Focus: Comprehension Y1/2

This comprehension is aimed at Year 1/2 children and covers pages 4-13 of the story.

Your class will reflect on the city of London during that time, materials of the houses, the hot summer, the importance of fire for heading and light, Thomas Farriner and the bakery and the fire breaking out.

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Main Focus: Comprehension/Discussion - Whole Story

This is a more challenging comprehension for your class which cover the whole story. You can use the first resource with your Y1/2 for points for discussion and reflection after reading the story and maybe the latter resources as comprehensions if you feel your Y2 children are able but this is a challenging resource.

There are five different resources levels within this  activity,

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Main Focus: Vocabulary Extension

This Ks1 resource is linked to some of the vocabulary used within the story.

Your children will add in the words to complete the sentences from the story.

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