The Great Fire of London (Key Stage 1 resources)

The three programmes in this unit explore The Great Fire of London through simple songs - including the tunes of well-known nursery rhymes - and music activities. They can be used alone or in conjunction with the other stand-alone units in the series, which explore the Great Fire through Dance and Drama.

There is also an additional History programme, summarising the main events of the Fire and offering a time-line across the period 2nd September to 5th September, 1666.

Before using the programmes with your class or group make sure you both listen to the audio and read the Teacher’s Notes - included. The Notes include guidance on what you’ll find in the programmes and how best to make use of the content.

When you play the programmes with your group you can mediate the play-back conveniently using the ‘play / pause’ button on the online player. Pause the play-back to ensure everyone is listening carefully or to arrange groupings or to consolidate understanding.

Either during or after listening to the programme you may wish to make use of the additional resources. These include:

the lyrics for each song
the music sheet for each song
an mp3 file of both the full vocal and backing track versions of each song to download
a video of both the full vocal and backing track version of each song - ideal for use in conjunction with your IWB and for encouraging the children to sing with an upright posture

Taken as a whole the units on Music, Dance and Drama are an ideal way to extend study of The Great Fire into the Expressive Arts.


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Created: Jun 23, 2016

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