Great Fire of London
The Saint Paul's Cathedral that we know was built to replace the one burnt down in the Great Fire of London in 1666.

Great Fire of London

This quiz addresses the requirements of the National Curriculum KS1 History for children aged 5, 6 and 7 in years 1 and 2. Specifically this quiz is aimed at the section dealing with studying events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally.

Studying nationally or globally significant events in our history is an important part of the KS1 curriculum. This is often done as part of broader topic work and may involve exploring several different historical sources to build a clear picture of life at the time. The Great Fire of London is one such nationally, if not globally, significant event.

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  1. How long did the fire last?
    The fire started on the 2nd of September and was finally extinguished on the 6th!
  2. How did people try to put the fire out?
    There were no fire hoses in the 1660s – they would have carried water in leather buckets, squirted water through a big syringe (like a squirt gun), and pulled down burning buildings with long metal hooks
  3. How was the Great Fire remembered?
    The monument in in Central London and can still be seen today
  4. Where did the fire start?
    Sparks from the fire set fire to the shop and the fire quickly spread
  5. Which of the following things did not cause the fire to spread quickly?
    Lots of different factors meant the fire was very fierce and spread quickly
  6. In what year did the Great Fire of London happen?
    Some people find it helpful to remember this date as a chimney with three curls of smoke: 1666
  7. How many houses were destroyed by the fire?
    More than 70,000 people were made homeless by the fire and had to camp in tents until their homes were rebuilt
  8. Who famously wrote about the fire in his diaries?
    Samuel Pepys was worried that the fire was becoming too large, and asked King Charles II for help
  9. Which famous landmark burnt down in the fire?
    Sir Christopher Wren was a famous architect who designed St. Paul’s Cathedral
  10. Which of the following did not happen when the streets were rebuilt?
    A law was passed prohibiting houses made entirely from wood to be built in the city

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