Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Platinum Jubilee in 2022. During her reign, there have been many changes in Great Britain and around the world which can be explored using the resources provided in this pack, covering areas of both the history and English curriculum in Key Stage 1
The resource explore how things have changed in the last 70 years with pupils in Years 1 and 2. Image cards are provided to prompt discussions about how life has changed in the United Kingdom since the Queen became our monarch in 1952. Pupils can complete the writing task about these changes, describing what is the same and what is different.
An information sheet about the Queen is also included, with simple comprehension questions to check their understand of what they have read or head. Vocabulary cards, containing key tier 3 words linked to history and the monarchy are also included to support the pupils and could be displayed in the classroom for them to refer to.
The resources will:
- Give pupils an understanding how Great Britain has changed within living memory.
- Teach pupils about a significant individual (the Queen).
- Introduce the Platinum Jubilee to pupils to help them understand the significance of the event.
This pack includes:
- Information text on Queen Elizabeth II, with comprehension questions (available as a PDF and PowerPoint)
- Image of the Queen
- Image cards showing changes over the last 70 years (small and large versions)
- Writing prompt
- Tier 3 vocabulary cards for pupils
- Tier 3 vocabulary cards for display
- Teacher’s notes providing guidance on how to use the resource with additional activities also suggested
When is the Platinum Jubilee?
Elizabeth II became Queen on 6th February 1952 and the beginning of her Platinum Jubilee year began on 6th February 2022. The majority of the celebrations will take place between 2nd - 5th June, with an extra bank holiday to encourage more people to join in the celebrations.
National Curriculum English programme of study links
Pupils should be taught about changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life.
English: Reading Comprehension
Year 1 – to understand the books that they … listen to by drawing on what they already know or background information or vocabulary provided by the teacher
Year 1 – to explain clearly their understanding of what is read to them
Year 2 - to understand the books that they can already read accurately and fluently and those that they listen to by: drawing on what they already know or background information or vocabulary provided by the teacher; asking and answering questions
English: Writing Composition
Year 1 – to write sentences by saying out loud what they are going to write about
Year 2 – to write for different purposes