The Great Fire of London Game

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By Judith Mason — Educational Consultant

Original article published on 29th October 2009

This game, for two players, uses time connectives to give a sequenced account of events related to the spreading of the Great Fire of London of 1666. The events are presented as simple diary entries so the poster could also be used as an information text, linked to work in history.

The time connectives are a key focus for learning while playing the game and the connectives listed on the activity sheet below are to be used with the game, and can also be used afterwards to reinforce this learning.



  • Make a copy of the activity sheet below and colour it in two different colours, one colour for each player. Cut up the connectives so you have ten playing cards for each player. Not all the cards will be used in any one round of the game but can be used in subsequent games and can also be used to practise the sequencing language.
  • You will also need one dice and a counter for each player to move around the board.
  • If the children have been learning about the Great Fire of London, talk about the things they know. If not, explain briefly about what happened to set the context for playing the game. You could use the recount of the fire in On-screen resource 2, I was there… or the information about the same event in the interactive timeline (On-screen resource 1).
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  1. thisa sucked
    on 10 March 2014

    haaa gaaay

    this game did not let me play :( i want to though but i cant it wont let me play i demand a refund just kidding about da refund thing

    1out of 5
  2. losie
    on 25 April 2013

    fire of london

    i want to play

  3. Elle peacok
    on 10 January 2011


    the great fire of londen game is so so intresting. Because it tell’s you what happend in the past. And i learnet all about it at school and my teacher mrs Heaton dressed up as the rich Docter.

      elle peacock
  4. FCJ
    on 2 January 2010

    Fire of London resources

    This will all be a tremendous help in my planning and my mind is now buzzing with exciting ideas.