Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee – KQ1 – Why are we celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s platinum jubilee this year?


This unit of work has been designed to be used as a one-off study to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. It covers her life from her role as Princess Elizabeth through her coronation, and other jubilee events, to her influence today. As Britain’s longest serving monarch her reign covers a 70-year period of massive change. The youngest children will focus mainly on a comparison between 1952 and 2022 to strengthen their grasp of similarity and difference. Older children will extend their chronological understanding to look at jubilees as far back as late Queen Victoria’s reign so they gain a better understanding of change through time.

Learning Objectives

  • Children understand who the queen is and key features of royalty today.
  • They grasp that she is the longest-serving British monarch of all time.
  • They know that she has ruled for 70 years.
  • They understand what is meant by the words jubilee, coronation etc.

Learning activities

Odd-one-out. Pupils are shown sets of 4 images of monarchy, the queen, jubilees, royal homes etc. with an odd-one out, and have to find the odd-one-out.

Focus then on the duration of the reign – an unprecedented 70 years – the only British monarch to achieve

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