What can we learn from the stories of the Great Fire of London?


Project Overview

The autumn project explored how the Great Fire of London started, its historical context, and how it impacted on the city and its inhabitants. This project gave children the opportunity to explore how we know about historical events through Storytelling in literacy lessons, looking at artefacts from the 17th Century and by visiting St Paul’s Cathedral. Pupils developed art skills by creating a replica of the street where the fire started, Pudding Lane, including making models of bread, rats and pigeons. Every pupil chose a story that they had written  about a real or fictional individual involved in this disaster to redraft and improve for the exhibition. They went through a rigorous critiquing process which included receiving feedback from peers, teachers, Primary Achievement Coaches and secondary students to ensure their final pieces were of an exceptionally high standard.

What the student says

“I loved learning what it would be like to live through the Great Fire of London, imagining it blazing before my eyes. I enjoyed challenging myself to write more interesting sentences. When you challenge yourself, you learn more!” 

Natas Bubelis, 7 years old

What we learnt about

  • The cause and effects of The Great Fire of London

  • Why the fire spread so quickly

  • How the fire could have been prevented

  • How the fire changed London

  • Where we can look for historic information

What the teacher says

“Children were excited to learn about the historical figures involved in the Great Fire of London such as Charles II and Samuel Pepys. It has been a pleasure to see how that passion has led to increasingly engaging writing by every pupil in the year group, and the way in which they can talk articulately about how the fire changed London.”