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Reading Riddle provides ideas, resources, information and experiences related to reading and the Great Fire of London. The aim is to share materials that encourage children to read and bring interactive experiences into the classroom. I am a qualified teacher with 10 years of working in London schools. I recently published my first picture book (Vlad and the Great Fire of London) and I go into schools and libraries running activities around the Great Fire of London.

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Reading Riddle provides ideas, resources, information and experiences related to reading and the Great Fire of London. The aim is to share materials that encourage children to read and bring interactive experiences into the classroom. I am a qualified teacher with 10 years of working in London schools. I recently published my first picture book (Vlad and the Great Fire of London) and I go into schools and libraries running activities around the Great Fire of London.
Vlad and the Great Fire of London Activity Book
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Vlad and the Great Fire of London Activity Book

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This is a pdf version of my printed book, Vlad and the Great Fire of London Activity Book which is also available for sale from my website and Amazon. It is linked to (but can be used separately from) the picture book Vlad and the Great Fire of London. "Excellent book, fits perfectly with KS1 curriculum. Lovely language and great illustrations. Would also highly recommend the authors website and her school visits." I am uploading it here for easy, printable purchase, but please note the same copyright applies as if you bought the bound book. It was created so teachers could use the resources in class and this version would be easier to copy for your own use, in your class. It is a black and white book (to reduce cost and allow for colouring-in!) and includes the following pages: The Great Fire numbers – fill out the information, putting the correct number into the sentences. Dot-to-dot. What’s wrong? – identify the objects that could not have been in a room in 1666. Who am I? – five people who saw the fire give a clue to their identity. Unscramble their names from the letters given. The Fire Game – a board game with counters and a dice to make. Colour in the fire scene. Boxton is trapped! – help Boxton escape from Pudding Lane through the maze of streets to the fields. Easy bread rolls – a simple recipe to make your own bread. Acrostic – answer the clues to spell a phrase. Fire wordsearch – find all the hidden fire vocabulary. Vlad the flea and Boxton the rat finger puppets to make. Londoner finger puppets – firefighters with moving arms. Fire facts and answers to the quizzes. (Please note that the second file is the colour cover which you may not feel the need to print but has been included in case you want to) For information, resources, visits and to sign up for new materials as they come out please see my website www.readingriddle.co.uk Many thanks, Kate
Great Fire of London timeline cards
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Great Fire of London timeline cards

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

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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
Great Fire of London set of 7 lesson plans
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Great Fire of London set of 7 lesson plans

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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.
Vlad and the Great Fire of London planning for literacy diary writing
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Vlad and the Great Fire of London planning for literacy diary writing

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A set of literacy lessons based on the picture book Vlad and the Great Fire of London. Using the characters and drama the plan enables the children to write Boxton's diary explaining his perspective on the events of 1666. Further resources are available on TES and my website www.readingriddle.co.uk The picture book Vlad and the Great Fire of London is available from Amazon or The National Archives bookshop.
Vlad and the Great Fire of London literacy plan to write a story set during the events
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Vlad and the Great Fire of London literacy plan to write a story set during the events

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Using the events of the Great Fire of London, this planning enables children to take an alternative character and write their story. Using drama the children consider the events and write a story set in September 1666. For further ideas and planning see www.readingriddle.co.uk Vlad and the Great Fire of London is available from Amazon or The National Archives bookshop.
Great Fire of London vocabulary word mat / wordmat
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Great Fire of London vocabulary word mat / wordmat

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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.
WW1 Persuasive writing - purposeful letters about Walter Tull and Phoebe Chapple
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WW1 Persuasive writing - purposeful letters about Walter Tull and Phoebe Chapple

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These resources support a set of lessons on purposeful persuasive letter writing (KS2). Based on research I did to write Vlad and the First World War, they focus on Walter Tull and Phoebe Chapple. Both could have been awarded the Military Cross, but prevailing attitudes discriminated against them. The lessons support writing a letter to persuade the Ministry of Defence to award them posthumously. It includes a set of lesson plans linked to the literacy curriculum, templates for making notes and crib sheets if you want to focus on the letter writing rather than note taking. There are website links for research and 2 videos summarising their lives. Government offices respond to letters so if sent will receive a letter back. Further resources are available on my website www.readingriddle.co.uk along with information on my books and school visits.
Easter homework library and reading activity
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Easter homework library and reading activity

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

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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
Fiction book review sheets
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Fiction book review sheets

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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.
What is the significance of the Great Fire of London
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What is the significance of the Great Fire of London

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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.
Fiction book questions -prompts for parents
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Fiction book questions -prompts for parents

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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.
Great Fire of London and the refugees after the fire
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Great Fire of London and the refugees after the fire

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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/
WW1 - writing a newspaper article about Dr Phoebe Chapple and her brave action saving others
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WW1 - writing a newspaper article about Dr Phoebe Chapple and her brave action saving others

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This planning has the resources and links needed to write a newspaper article about what Dr Phoebe Chapple did to be awarded the Military Medal during the First World War. It would work well with the story book Vlad and the First World War - but does stand alone. Dr Phoebe Chapple was an Australian doctor who paid to travel to England and join the medics serving in the First World War. She was awarded a Military Medal after putting herself in danger during an attack on a medical centre on the Western Front. She survived and returned to Australia after the war. Read about her and other inspirational people from a wide range of backgrounds in Vlad and the First World War, which includes a fact file about the real people included in the story. For information about visits and Skype sessions with Kate visit www.readingriddle.co.uk
WW1 Remembrance Day summary with images from Vlad and the First World War picture book
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WW1 Remembrance Day summary with images from Vlad and the First World War picture book

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This powerpoint summarises the what, who, why, when and how of Remembrance Day. It uses simple language and clear illustrations from the picture book, Vlad and the First World War. The powerpoint is editable to suit your specific audience but the illustrations are the copyright of Sam Cunningham so should not be used elsewhere. If you want any further information on the book or the first book Vlad and the Great Fire of London please visit www.readingriddle.co.uk
First World War word sheet - World War One
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First World War word sheet - World War One

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This is a word sheet which includes labelled illustrations from the book Vlad and the First World War. The book includes a fuller glossary, map, fact file and story told by Vlad flea and his companion Crisp VC, the carrier pigeon. For other resources, activities and information on visits go to www.readingriddle.co.uk
Non fiction fact book questions for parents
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Non fiction fact book questions for parents

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

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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.
Fiction book general questions
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Fiction book general questions

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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.