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The Great Fire of Warwick - Warwickshire Heritage Learning

Workshop title

The Great Fire of Warwick

Key stage 1 and 2
Delivered at

Begins at Market Hall Museum, Warwick and ends at St Johns House Museum.

Duration 3 hours, 10.15am - 2.15pm
Curriculum topics

History, English, Citizenship.

Main focus

Fairness, responsibility and destruction

Workshop outline

This workshop is a fantastic way for children to learn about a significant historical event in their own locality through written accounts, objects, and a guided trail of Warwick. Children will explore the effects and impact of the fire through the eyes of ‘real life’ eyewitnesses, and step into their shoes to plead their case for compensation to Lord Brook of Warwick Castle.

The historical concept of cause and consequence is a key theme that runs through this workshop. The themes and issues have parallels with the 1666 Great Fire of London.

Key skills covered

How will this benefit your class?

  • We will inspire curiosity, encourage the creative learner, foster enquiry led learning, create a love and appreciation of heritage, enable critical thinking and support decision making.

How does this support your teaching?

History key skills and understanding

  • knowledge of significant historical events, people and places in their own locality
  • a study of an aspect of history or a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality
  • understanding of historical concepts such as continuity and change
  • understanding of the methods of historical enquiry
  • understanding of how our knowledge of the past comes from a range of sources.

English key skills and understanding

  • participate in discussions presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates
  • discussing word meanings, linking new meanings to those already known.

Citizenship key skills and understanding

  • to recognise what they like and dislike, what is fair and unfair, and what is right and wrong
  • to resolve differences by looking at alternatives making decisions and explaining choices
  • why and how rules and laws are made and enforced, why different rules are needed in different situations and how to take part in making and changing rules
  • to think about the lives of people living in other places and times
  • that differences between people arise from a number of factors.
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