Topic - The Story of London

Key Skills/Knowledge

All children should be able to:

  • Talk about some of the key events of the Great Fire of London.

  • Say why the Great Fire of London spread and eventually stopped.

  • Explain that we know about the Great Fire because of Samuel Pepys' diary.

Most children will be able to:

  • Explain how we know about the Great Fire of London from a variety of primary sources.

  • Show awareness of how London has changed, including its buildings, people and transport.

  • Write a report about the Great Fire of London.

Some children will be able to:

  • Explain their reasons why some sources are more useful than others in their historical enquiry.

  • Start questioning the reliability of some historical evidence.

  • Imagine and write about the experiences of people in different historical periods based on factual evidence.

Key Vocabulary

  • year, century
  • Britain, London
  • capital city
  • past, present, old, modern, change
  • River Thames 
  • Range of 17th century jobs: chimney sweep, blacksmith, apothecary, rat- catcher, gong farmer, spinster, chandler, scullery maid, carpenter, fire fighter
  • order
  • event
  • timeline
  • source
  • evidence
  • diary
  • eyewitness
  • Samuel Pepys
  • wind, fire, burning, houses, close together
  • King Charles II
  • architect
  • Lord Mayor
  • Sir Christopher Wren
  • St Pauls Cathedral
  • Monument.


Topic - Everyday Materials

Key Skills/Knowledge

Key Vocabulary

  • Types of materials: wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, rock, brick, fabric, sand, paper, flour, butter, milk, soil 
  • Properties of materials:  hard/soft, stretchy/not stretchy, shiny/dull, rough/smooth, bendy/not bendy, transparent/not transparent, sticky/not sticky 
  • Verbs associated with materials: crumble, squash, bend, stretch, twist 
  • Senses: touch, see, hear, smell and taste 
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