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Vale View Primary School

Vale ViewPrimary School

Term 3

Our Topic this term is entitled 'The Great Fire of London'.

As hard-working historians we will learn all about 1666, when a Great Fire spread through the city of London, destroying over 13,200 houses, over 80 churches, St Paul’s Cathedral and most of the other buildings. Prior to the fire, houses were mainly built out of wood and were very close together. What impact did this event have on our lives today? In this topic, we will journey back in time and explore what life was like back in 1666 and how we learned from the past to make housing safer today. We will learn about famous figures from that period, including architects like Christopher Wren. Exploring some of London’s most famous landmarks and using a range of sources to understand why our great capital looks how it does today. As ambitious artists we will develop sketching skills and our use of charcoal to create skylines and imagined scenes of the Great Fire of London inspired by historical sources.


This term year 2 started our topic with a crime scene! The key question as ‘What happened in 1666?’. We had evidence to look at and try to work out what had happened in that year. Have a look at some of the things we found out.