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The Great Fire of London

During the Autumn term, we will be travelling back to 1666 to discover what happened during the Great Fire of London. Answering questions such as… How did the fire start? Where did it begin? Why did the fire spread so quickly? How did people escape?.


Our text is 'The Great Fire of London: Anniversary Edition of the Great Fire of 1666'  by Emma Adams (Author), James Weston Lewis (Illustrator). The books tells us the recount of 1666. London's citizens woke to see the skyline above their city's cramped wooden houses ablaze. The Great Fire of London is a hauntingly beautiful visual re-telling of one of the most well-known disasters in the city's history. To commemorate the 350th anniversary of the fire, powerful and sumptuous drawings from the new east London illustrator, James Weston Lewis, bring the events of November 1666 to life in this stunning gift book.

Lewis's drawings take readers on a journey, from the single smouldering coal that falls out of the baker's oven to the swirling clouds of ash that engulf the city and then in to the very heart of the fire itself. As the pages turn, you can witness London burning to the ground and then rebuilding again.

Children will love examining the rich detail of each spread, from the detailed city map to the drawings of London before, during and after the fire took hold. This book takes the dramatic historical information surrounding the Great Fire of London and transforms it into a breathtaking story that will transfix readers of all ages.


Through our book  'The Great Fire of London: Anniversary Edition of the Great Fire of 1666'  by Emma Adams (Author), James Weston Lewis (Illustrator), we will explore London in the present and the past. Children compare the London of today and the London of 1666, using past and present tense. They explore the cause of the fire of London through interviewing the baker, Michael Fanniner, planning and recording appropriate questions, and design safety posters using imperative verbs to write commands. They then write diary entries from the point of view of the cat that Samuel Pepys saw being rescued from the ashes, drawing on the skills and knowledge they have practiced. Children will be looking at descriptive language to describe the fire of London and will write their own stories based around this event.  Children will also look at poetry and other types of writing such as recounts centred around the topic of the Great Fire of London.