Class Project – Anniversary of The Great Fire of London

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On September 2, 1666, London awoke to an inferno that historically was named The Great Fire of London. It was finally extinguished days later with much of London destroyed.


What was the cause of the fire? What made the fire spread so quickly?

One page essay – You are now in the year 1666. You have a spouse and four young children. You wake to the smell of fire in your small house. Like many homes of the poor at the time, the walls are covered with tar to keep out the rain.  A fire has just started on the roof and small flames can be seen reflected in the window of the house next door as you peer out into the night. What do you do? How do you feel? How does your family react?

Great Fire of London map

You will need to research the year, the classes of people, the area where the fire began, the conditions at the time of the fire and most importantly, the fire fighting methods available. 

  • Today we remember many amazing people who contributed to the music, the business, the politics and other vital and fascinating aspects of London. This BioView®  is a short biographical story, similar to an interview. These unique stories provide an easy way of learning about amazing people who made major contributions and changed our world. Meet the Amazing People of London.London cover
  •  Teachers – please check out the comments and feedback of teachers and students in the UK, the US and Australia in our case studies.
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Amazing People Education is brought to you by The Amazing People Club – an international education publisher that is bringing these sensational resources to students and teachers worldwide. To explore tips and tricks on classroom edu-tainment using BioViews®, please download our free Amazing Teacher Toolkit. To get involved in our direct-to-classroom resources, be sure to check out these Education Case Studies.

We would like you to try some of our amazing class starters and let us know how they were received by teachers and students. To take a peek at how some students reacted when they came face to face with Columbus and Michelangelo, please see our video from Castle Vale High School.

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