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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 - Teacher's Guide
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Vlad and the Great Fire of London - Teacher's Guide

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This resource accompanies Vlad and the Great Fire of London picture book. This guide has been written by the author of the Vlad picture book. It shares the research and gives a detailed summary of the history before, during and after the fire. In addition it contains page by page guidance to the images in the original book, useful questions and links to other resources including the free planning materials available separately from the shop. This is a 29 page black and white pdf document which gives a comprehensive overview of the topic and guidance on where to source other key materials. Contents: Why is the Great Fire of London a significant event? Timeline of events Before the fire Vlad and the Great Fire of London After the fire Key websites and primary sources School visits Other Vlad resources List of planning resources Vlad’s maths problem
Vlad and the Florence Nightingale Adventure Teacher's Guide
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Vlad and the Florence Nightingale Adventure Teacher's Guide

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This resource accompanies Vlad and the Florence Nightingale Adventure picture book. This guide has been written by the author of the Vlad picture book. It shares the research and gives a detailed summary of the history before, during and after Florence Nightingale’s time in Scutari Hospital. In addition it contains page by page guidance to the images in the original book, useful questions and links to other resources including the free planning materials available separately from the shop. This is a 25 page black and white pdf document which gives a comprehensive overview of the topic and guidance on where to source other key materials. Contents: Why is Florence Nightingale’s work important? Timeline of events Florence Nightingale’s early life The wider context (the Crimean War and developments in medicine) Vlad and the Florence Nightingale Adventure After Scutari Hospital Key websites, resources and places to visit Other Vlad resources List of planning resources
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
Florence Nightingale planning & resources for 7-8 lessons
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Florence Nightingale planning & resources for 7-8 lessons

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The planning and resources are based on the research and illustrations from the picture book Vlad and the Florence Nightingale Adventure. It works well with the book but can also be used independently. Florence Nightingale’s influence included working to make hospitals cleaner, train nurses to be professionals and gathering data to determine what changes improved healthcare. The lessons cover these ideas and include looking at hospitals past and present, timelines, science investigation on hygiene, the role of a nurse now and in history, first aid and making a difference and data gathering. There are links to RE, PSHE, Science, English and Maths. Within the lessons are Big Questions link to the topic to promote speaking and listening. There are powerpoints and resources to support lessons. Planning for English lessons on persuasive writing and instructions has been downloaded separately. For further information about the Vlad series of books (Vlad and the Great Fire of London, Vlad and the First World War), school visits, lesson resources and encouraging reading with families see my website 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.
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
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." This is not a lesson resource book, but was written as a fun activity book, which could be used as homework - the contents are listed below and can be seen on the attached video. 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 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.
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
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.
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.
Chocolate topic - vocabulary
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Chocolate topic - vocabulary

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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.
Space travel timeline
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Space travel timeline

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Linked to the free set of space topic lessons, this resource can be used with the lesson plans or independently. Cut up the sheet and ask children to place the events in order. The activity can be extended with written work to clarify and explain the events shown.
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.
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.
Vlad and the Florence Nightingale Adventure Activity Book
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Vlad and the Florence Nightingale Adventure Activity Book

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This is a pdf version of my printed book, Vlad and the Florence Nightingale 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 Florence Nightingale Adventure. This is not a lesson resource book, but was written as a fun activity book, which could be used as homework - the contents are listed below and the interior can be seen on the attached video. 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: What did Florence Nightingale do for us? - pick the correct 5 words to complete the facts (reading/comprehension) Colouring in First Aid - 3 tips on how to treat bleeding, choking and burns Crossword Tortoise shell maze Simple letter sudoku Crutches and Bandages board game - based on snakes and ladders Florence facts - with multiple choice answers Word search Label the map - where are the countries linked to the Crimean War Instructions on how to make a lantern for Florence
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.
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.
Vlad and the First World War Activity Book
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Vlad and the First World War Activity Book

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This is a pdf version of my printed book,* Vlad and the First World War 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 First World War. This is not a lesson resource book, but was written as a fun activity book, which could be used as homework - the contents are listed below and the attached video demonstrates some of the activities. 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: Cryptography - 3 different types of code writing to try Make a biplane - instructions on how to make a WW1 paper aircraft Make a periscopes - instructions and template to make a periscope First World War facts Wordsearch Battleships - can you complete the grid? Military Badges - information on 4 genuine cap badges to inspire designing one yourself Draw Crisp VC the carrier pigeon Trench Maze -find your way through Crossword Answers