3: Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London - Part 3
During the programme the children will:
- Set their chronometers to 1666 to travel back in time once again.
- Listen to parts of Samuel Pepys’ diary about the end of The Great Fire of London.
- Find out about the need for food and shelter in the immediate aftermath of the Fire; for new ‘fire-brigades’ and for architects to make plans to rebuild London with stone and brick, especially Christopher Wren.
- Re-set chronometers to the year 1667, then join in the song ‘London Town has fallen down’ with actions for stone-lifting (Verse 2), brick-building with hands up-and-up (Verse 3), foot-tapping (Verse 4) and clicking fingers high (Verse 5).
- Note the key changes in the song, getting a little higher with each new verse.
- Join in a sound-picture about ‘Re-building London’, including toe-tapping, knee-patting, tummy-rubbing, hand-clapping and finger-clicking (to suggest stamping out cinders, lifting stones, mixing mortar and cement, laying bricks and ‘tickling the clouds’ at the top of spires).
- Remember these actions, to help create their own sound-pictures with percussion later.
- Listen to the tunes of some bell-peal patterns for church towers across London (going down, and up, and in zigzags).
- Sing ‘Ring the bells of London’ (based on the famous tune of ‘Oranges and lemons’).
- Perform a medley of several ‘Great Fire of London’ songs: ‘Flow, flow, flow’, ‘Loaves of bread and puddings and pies’, ‘London’s burning’, ‘London Town has fallen down’ and ‘Ring the bells of London’.
Song: 'London Town has fallen down'
Song: 'Ring the bells of London'
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