Great Fire of London set of 7 lesson plans

Great Fire of London set of 7 lesson plans

This is a set of 7 lessons on the Great Fire of London with aims, activities, vocabulary and references to the National Curriculum. The lessons go with the further resources I have uploaded, but you can use and adapt in whatever way is most useful to you and your class. I love this topic and have tried to include plenty of talk, drama activities and images that bring it to life, in a way that will excite children, and give them the tools to write and discuss with enthusiasm. The Big Questions aim to give them a wider perspective and stretch their understanding. I visit schools linked to my book 'Vlad and the Great Fire of London', for information about this please look at my website www.readingriddle.co.uk If you have found this useful please give it a review :) and look at my other free resources.
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Great Fire of London vocabulary word mat / wordmat

Great Fire of London vocabulary word mat / wordmat

Key vocabulary for the history topic, the Great Fire of London, with illustrations to support KS1 children of varying abilities. The sheet can be printed, laminated and folded into three so it can stand upright (it takes less desk space and is easier to see). I hope the sheet is a useful resource in its own right but in case you are interested the illustrations are from my book, Vlad and the Great Fire of London, illustrated by my son, Sam. The book is available from Amazon or from www.readingriddle.co.uk. There are also details of my storytelling, drama and book signing sessions on the website.
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Great Fire of London and the refugees after the fire

Great Fire of London and the refugees after the fire

This lesson helps children consider the London refugees after the Great Fire of London. It considers what happened to them and what they took when they fled. They are then encouraged to make links with modern refugees and discuss the differences between now and 350 years ago. it gives the opportunity to reveal and challenge misconceptions about life in seventeenth century. It also raises awareness that people have often had to flee danger at different times and in different parts of the world. It includes a lesson plan, powerpoint (with a copy of Charles II proclamation on the London refugees and how to help them) and differentiated work sheets showing similarities and differences between now and then. The images are taken from my book Vlad and the Great Fire of London. I hope it is useful. If you like this and are interested in me coming in to do storytelling you can further information on http://readingriddle.co.uk/reading-riddle-sessions/storytelling-drama-and-booksignings/
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Fiction book general questions

Fiction book general questions

This is a set of 13 questions about fiction books which aim to prompt discussion. They could be used by groups working independently, for example as a guided reading activity, or in a book corner. They were designed with white space on the right-hand side for the children to write or draw their ideas, and if they are laminated they could then be used repeatedly. Individual sheets might initiate specific pieces of work eg pulling out favourite vocabulary before focussing on what words children might choose to improve their own writing. If you have any suggestions, or would like text specific questions please let me know. Thank you.
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Fiction book review sheets

Fiction book review sheets

Three simple differentiated sheets for fiction book reviews. They have been made with Key Stage 1 in mind and I have used these to make a class book for the book corner or library where children can share their ideas about books.
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Great Fire of London set of 7 lesson plans

Great Fire of London set of 7 lesson plans

This is a set of 7 lessons on the Great Fire of London with aims, activities, vocabulary and references to the National Curriculum. The lessons go with the further resources I have uploaded, but you can use and adapt in whatever way is most useful to you and your class. I love this topic and have tried to include plenty of talk, drama activities and images that bring it to life, in a way that will excite children, and give them the tools to write and discuss with enthusiasm. The Big Questions aim to give them a wider perspective and stretch their understanding. I visit schools linked to my book 'Vlad and the Great Fire of London', for information about this please look at my website www.readingriddle.co.uk If you have found this useful please give it a review :) and look at my other free resources.
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Questions about the Great Fire of London - Did thatched roofs make the Great Fire of London Spread?

Questions about the Great Fire of London - Did thatched roofs make the Great Fire of London Spread?

A 2.5 minute video looking at the question of whether thatched roofs were to blame for the spreading fire in 1666. It gives information about the flammable materials in houses, the laws that had been passed regarding buildings (and how the laws were routinely broken). The sources for the video are listed at the end. For more resources see www.readingriddle.co.uk - the illustrations are from my book Vlad and the Great Fire of London.
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Great Fire of London timeline cards

Great Fire of London timeline cards

Six images to put in order and make a timeline of the Great Fire of London. For an extension activity children can write further detail and add information about when the fire was finally extinguished. Further free resources are available on my TES shop and if you have found this useful please give it a review so others know :) The images are taken from my picture book Vlad and the Great Fire of London and information about this and my school visits can be found on www.readingriddle.co.uk
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Great Fire of London vocabulary word mat / wordmat

Great Fire of London vocabulary word mat / wordmat

Key vocabulary for the history topic, the Great Fire of London, with illustrations to support KS1 children of varying abilities. The sheet can be printed, laminated and folded into three so it can stand upright (it takes less desk space and is easier to see). I hope the sheet is a useful resource in its own right but in case you are interested the illustrations are from my book, Vlad and the Great Fire of London, illustrated by my son, Sam. The book is available from Amazon or from www.readingriddle.co.uk. There are also details of my storytelling, drama and book signing sessions on the website.
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Timeline activity - created as part of Great Fire of London lesson sequence but adaptable

Timeline activity - created as part of Great Fire of London lesson sequence but adaptable

This is a practical class activity to introduce and explain a timeline. The resource includes a cover page explaining the activity and how it fits with the National Curriculum. There are 33 pages of dates and events that children work together to place in order and make a long-term timeline. It takes children through the process, and gives the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of chronological order and distance between events. There is lots of opportunity for talk in groups. This activity has been developed to fit a set of lesson on the Great Fire of London but is broad enough to be used around other topics and specific dates can easily be added to give it different focus. Please review this resource if you have found it useful :) and look at my other free resources. The Great Fire of London illustrations are taken from my book 'Vlad and the Great Fire of London' . Information about this and author visits can be found on www.readingriddle.co.uk
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Developing fine motor control and strengthening hand muscles to improve handwriting

Developing fine motor control and strengthening hand muscles to improve handwriting

These documents include the rationale, list of activities and record sheet for a set of activities targeted at children who find handwriting and controlling pencils difficult. The aim is to strengthen their grip and improve their ability to control pencils. I put this together after having been asked to do these activities with children by Physios and Occupational Therapists over the years, and having been told that often a barrier to the writing was an inability to hold a small grip. Obviously larger pencils and pencil grips also help but these mini-workouts were targeted at children who still had difficulties and had is many cases had less access to activities needing fine motor control at a younger age.
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Chocolate topic - vocabulary

Chocolate topic - vocabulary

Editable vocabulary on sweet wrappers for display. The words were brainstormed by my class so obviously you can use them or edit and add your own according to your class. I hope they are useful.
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Great Fire of London lotto game matching pictures and phrases

Great Fire of London lotto game matching pictures and phrases

A differentiated lotto game matching pictures to phrases and introducing vocabulary around the Great Fire of London. Pictures are taken from my book Vlad and the Great Fire of London illustrated by my son. There are 6 target boards with varying levels of difficulty in the phrases so the game can be played by mixed ability groups. The game is in a word document so can be adapted according to your needs. I have added other free resources around this topic and although you don't need the book for any of the materials, it is available from Amazon if you want to use it. Information about my storytelling events are on www.readingriddle.co.uk
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images of materials and clues to why Great Fire of London spread

images of materials and clues to why Great Fire of London spread

A mixture of images of materials and clues from 1666 and now that lead to discussion about things that caused the Great Fire to spread. This resource relates to the lesson plan available for free from the shop. The images can be cut up and sorted into the relevant era. They then provide a starting point for comparing what houses were made from and how close they were placed.
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Map of London 1666 Great Fire of London grid work of main sites

Map of London 1666 Great Fire of London grid work of main sites

A map of London in 1666 with a grid to mark key sites of the Great Fire. Children mark sites such as Pudding Lane, Tower of London and the fields where Londoners camped after the fire. They are given the grid references to colour the area burned by the fire. This map covers the journey taken by Vlad and Boxton in the picture book of the events of the Great Fire (Vlad and the Great Fire of London by Kate and Sam Cunningham, which is available on Amazon). The map can be used with the book or works independently too. There are other free resources around the Great Fire of London available from my shop. For information on my storytelling and drama sessions please visit www.readingriddle.co.uk
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What is the significance of the Great Fire of London

What is the significance of the Great Fire of London

Lesson 1 A powerpoint presentation introducing the Great Fire of London and what impact it had on the city. It includes information on where London is, what was in London and what it looks like now. Further resources to follow Images are taken from my picture book, Vlad and the Great Fire of London.
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christmas homework library and reading task

christmas homework library and reading task

Encourage children to become involved in their local library by setting a holiday homework which involves joining their library, borrowing a book, reviewing it and returning the book. Children colour the tree as they achieve each part of the task. This could also be used as part of a campaign of activities to support their local library and encourage broader reading habits. My blog about this and ideas for parents who lack confidence reading with their children can be found on www.readingriddle.co.uk
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Fiction book questions -prompts for parents

Fiction book questions -prompts for parents

A list of questions that parents can use to talk about the book they have read with their child. These are the same questions on the classroom fiction question sheets, but on one sheet that can be shared with parents. This could be included as homework or in reading records to extend the reading experience between parents and children. Reading Riddle is a free website that aims to encourage parents and help them become more confident when reading with their children.
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Great Fire of London and the refugees after the fire

Great Fire of London and the refugees after the fire

This lesson helps children consider the London refugees after the Great Fire of London. It considers what happened to them and what they took when they fled. They are then encouraged to make links with modern refugees and discuss the differences between now and 350 years ago. it gives the opportunity to reveal and challenge misconceptions about life in seventeenth century. It also raises awareness that people have often had to flee danger at different times and in different parts of the world. It includes a lesson plan, powerpoint (with a copy of Charles II proclamation on the London refugees and how to help them) and differentiated work sheets showing similarities and differences between now and then. The images are taken from my book Vlad and the Great Fire of London. I hope it is useful. If you like this and are interested in me coming in to do storytelling you can further information on http://readingriddle.co.uk/reading-riddle-sessions/storytelling-drama-and-booksignings/
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Easter homework library and reading activity

Easter homework library and reading activity

A list of activities starting with going to the library in the holiday and following through with reading activities. Research clearly shows that children who have access to a choice of books at home with be more successful readers. The Reading Riddle website aims to bring together ideas, websites and information on reading for parents and teachers. For the research that backs up this concept visit http://readingriddle.co.uk/teaching-materials/research/
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Non fiction fact book questions for parents

Non fiction fact book questions for parents

Questions about non fiction fact books on a prompt sheet. These are intended to help parents to discuss books with their children. There is a separate sheet of questions about fiction books. Reading Riddle is a free website that aims to support parents and gives information about reading with children.
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