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Year 2 - Creative Learning Pack by Debra Kidd: Fire and Pestilence in 1666

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This scheme of work for Year 2 has been devised especially for Plazoom by teacher/author/trainer Debra Kidd, and is based on the events of 1666. It includes planning and resources to cover up to a half-term of learning.

This resource pack includes:

  • Teaching notes
  • ‘What happened in 1666?’ worksheet
  • ‘Danger’ sign
  • Map - London in 1666
  • PowerPoint - teaching slides

Cross-curricular subjects covered:

  • The Great Fire of London – causes and consequences.
  • The plague village of Eyam and the self-imposed quarantine of the villagers
  • Historical sources – primary and secondary sources
  • Chronology and timelines – placing 1666 in context; knowing who the monarch was and connecting the event of the fire to broader events of the time – i.e. the plague
  • Geographical location knowledge – London and Eyam; urban/rural; trade and land use.
  • Scientific knowledge around materials, flammability, infection and disease
  • Literacy – engaging with fiction and non-fiction texts and writing for information and to describe
  • DT – designing fire-proof homes (sketches, labels, models and prototypes)
  • Art – Blending colour (paint) to create firescapes and effects of light and shadow
  • Numeracy – implementing knowledge from maths lessons to calculate and predict

This is one of a set of five packs, covering Reception to Year 6 (with the final pack having strong potential for transition activities), each with a different focus, and all offering plenty of opportunities to weave literacy learning across the curriculum in a story-sharing context.

  • Teacher notes
  • What happened in 1666? worksheet
  • 'Danger' sign
  • Map - London in 1666
  • PowerPoint - teaching slides
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