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Great Fire of London

Meet Mistress Jane Birch, maidservant to diarist Samuel Pepys and eyewitness to the Great Fire of London.

An interactive storytelling workshop in which pupils can dress up, role-play and handle objects.

Pupils will help Jane to tell her story, discovering how the fire started, why it spread so quickly, what Samuel Pepys and the citizens of London did to try and save their city, and just how much of London was destroyed.

Pupils end this multi-sensory workshop by creating a soundscape of London ablaze and singing the song ‘London’s Burning’.

"A great chance for drama!"
North Ealing Primary
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: £125 per workshop of up to 32 children

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Learning objective

To discover the story of the Great Fire through an eyewitness account and understand the significance and consequences of the fire for London and its inhabitants.

National Curriculum links


  • Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally
  • Chronological narrative
  • Historical concepts – cause and consequence
  • Understanding methods of historical enquiry


  • Spoken language and listening skills, role-play, increasing vocabulary, expressing feelings