Firefighting: Then and Now


This lesson plan accompanies the 'Firefighting: Then and Now' presentation. The Great Fire of London was a significant historical event that led to the creation of a fire service to help people.  This lesson looks at the basic firefighting equipment that the people of London in 1666 had available to them and compares it to the equipment that the fire service use today. It is an opportunity to look at this historical event at the same time as learning about the people who help us today in the emergency services.

How To Use

This lesson plan provides guidance on how to use the accompanying 'Firefighting: Then and Now' presentation. This lesson could be used as part of a unit of work on The Great Fire of London and incorporates history learning with important PSHE learning about the fire service and how they keep us safe.   This lesson plan also provides guidance on how to enhance the learning gained through the presentation by utilising the 'Firefighting: Then and Now Sorting Activity', to develop the children's understanding of the different firefighting equipment that was used in 1666 and the modern equipment used today.  Both the presentation and the sorting activity can be found linked below underneath the 'Download Lesson Plan' function.

Resource 1 - Firefighting: Then and Now Presentation

Resource 2 - Firefighting: Then and Now Worksheets

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