Fire! Fire!

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About this session

Key Stage 1 | Subject: History, English, Drama  | Topics: Stuarts | Session Type: Route-based

It is 1666 and London is ablaze. The fire is spreading east approaching the Tower's doorstep and the fortress is filled with gunpowder!

Children will meet a costumed character who will describe these terrible events and tell the story of Mr Pepys watching the flames from inside the ancient Tower walls. This session uses role play to bring the story of the Great Fire of London to life.

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Learn about key features of the Great Fire of London through questioning and participation.
  • Compare and contrast life today with life in the 1600s.
  • Discover more about Samuel Pepys and his written record of events.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:


  • The lives of significant individuals (Samuel Pepys).
  • Significant events beyond living memory.
  • Similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.

Booking information

Monday - Friday
10.30, 12.00, 13.30
45 minutes
Up to 35 children
£95 plus admission

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