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Fireworks teaching resources

Resources | Published 24 July, 2012

Fireworks can be spectacular, decorating the night sky with colour and sound, but they can also be dangerous. Use this collection of free teaching resources for primary teachers to help explain the dangers of handling fireworks while bringing a little bit of history and celebration into the mix (with the aid of a certain Mr Fawkes).

Firework safety posters

  • Your pupils can make posters for a display to ensure the Firework Safety Code isn’t taken lightly by children and adults alike.

Always follow the code

  • The dangers of fireworks and the damage they can cause are displayed to great effect with these photos and safety campaign adverts.

Fireworks poems

  • Fireworks can invoke terror, joy, fear and wonder in equal measure, but what kind of poetry can they inspire? This in-depth lesson aims to find out.

Bonfire night assembly

  • Prepare props aplenty to go with this script and share the history of fireworks and Bonfire Night with the rest of the school.

Firework by Katy Perry

  • Katy Perry lit her own fireworks with this song full of poetic devices for your pupils to use as inspiration to create their own similar poem or song.

Bonfire Night planning

  • Try these fun, educational Bonfire Night activities planned specifically for young pupils.

Large scale firework painting

  • Turn the night sky into a canvas ready to be filled with fireworks and colour – a landscape worthy of Bonfire Night.

The Gunpowder Plot

  • The story of Guy Fawkes and his fellow plotters’ failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament – minus some of the more gory details.

A safe Bonfire night

  • A brief history of the Gunpowder Plot along with the key points to remember when fireworks are in the vicinity.

How do fireworks work?

  • How does a firework go from being all wrapped up to an explosion of colour and sound? All is explained in this BBC Class Clips video.

Gunpowder Plot quiz

  • How well your students know the Gunpowder Plot will determine how well they do in this fun quiz.

Firework compilation

  • This PowerPoint presentation exploding with firework pictures and sounds will set off your fireworks topic or lesson.

10 sparkling fireworks

  • Ten fat sausages become 10 sparkling fireworks in this number rhyme song for the younger singer.

Bonfire Night art lessons

  • Bring out your pupils’ artistic flair using real artwork on fireworks to spark discussion and inspire artistic ideas.

Gunpowder Plot sequence cards

  • The gunpowder plot has been muddled up and history must be put back into order using this card-sort activity.

Firework song

  • A movement song designed to get your pupils singing and creating the sounds and actions of Bonfire Night and fireworks exploding in the night sky.

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