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

  • Pupils can sort images from the beginning, and end of her reign.
  • They can identify 3 or 4 ways in which the images of built landscape show changes over time e.g. greater presence of traffic.
  • Pupils can identify personal landmarks in the queen’s life.

Learning activities

Sort images of household items

Pupils can sort images of household items into ‘then’ (1952) and now 2022 so they get a sense of period and changes within living memory.

Spot the differences

Spot the differences photos of 2 street scenes showing then and now 70

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