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’.

Sing along to the full vocal version of ‘London Town has fallen down’ from Music: KS 1
Sing along to the backing-track version of ‘Song 6’ from Music: Key Stage 1
London Town has fallen down lyrics (pdf)
document
Sing along to the full vocal version of ‘Ring the bells of London’ from Music: KS 1
Sing along to the backing track of ‘Ring the bells of London’ from Music: Key Stage 1
Ring the bells of London lyrics (pdf)
document
Download teacher's notes (pdf)
document

 

 

Play next

2: Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London - Part 2
audio
4. The Fire begins in Pudding Lane
audio
5. The Great Fire spreads
audio