Workshop teaches children about Great Fire Monument

Date Posted: 23/11/2017

A new school learning session called Meet Robert Hooke has been launched for Key Stage 1 pupils at The Monument in London.

The Monument – full name The Monument to the Great Fire of London – is a Doric column in the City of London, near the northern end of London Bridge, which commemorates the Great Fire of London.

What will pupils do in the new workshop?

The new learning session will see children meet one of The Monument’s designers, Robert Hooke, and quiz him on the Great Fire of London and the secrets of this impressive structure. 

Robert Hooke will meet the group metres from the spot where the Great Fire of London started and will lead the children on a short tour around the base, pointing out its significant features and bringing the past to life.

The group will also have the opportunity to climb the 311 steps to the top of The Monument to enjoy views over the city.

Sessions last 45 minutes, and are free with admission to The Monument. Available dates for the 2017/18 academic year include 6th February; 13th March; 8th May; and 12th June.

Further Monument education

In addition to taking a school trip, teachers are able to download an additional learning resource pack that supports a school visit. Designed by the learning team at The Monument, the pack is aligned with the National Curriculum and is packed full of fun cross-curricular activities.

The resource aims to help teachers and pupils explore The Monument and get the most out of their visit. Activities will see children thinking more about why the Great Fire of London began and the geography of 17th century London, and learning about the significant individuals related to the period.

Teachers can enquire by e-mailing monumentlearning@cityoflondon.gov.uk or calling 0207-940 8397.

For further information and to download the resource visit www.themonument.org.uk/learning.

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