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KS2 The Gunpowder Plot: Comprehension and Writing Activities Pack for Bonfire Night

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Bonfire night or fireworks night is celebrated every year but do your pupils know about the Gunpowder Plot that it originates from?

Explore this with pupils in KS2 by reading a non-chronological report about the events on the lead up to and on the 5th November 1605 and learn about Guy Fawkes and the failed plot to blow up the houses of Parliament. A comprehension activity is included to develop reading skills and their understanding of the text. There are also opportunities for pupils to write in role, writing letters in character as Guy Fawkes and other members of his Catholic accomplices.

The resource could be used as part of a topic day based on bonfire night, or over a series of English lessons.

This resource pack includes:

  • Why do we celebrate Bonfire Night? text and comprehension questions
  • Themed writing paper
  • Teacher’s notes

National Curriculum programme of study links
ENGLISH
Pupils should be taught to retrieve and record information from non-fiction
Pupils should be taught to plan their writing by identifying the audience for and purpose of the writing …
Pupils should be taught to evaluate and edit by assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing
History
Pupils should be taught about a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066

  • Why do we celebrate Bonfire Night? text and comprehension questions
  • Themed writing paper
  • Teacher’s notes
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