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 distinguish between significant and minor events.
  • They can apply their understanding of significance to select 5 key events e.g. the moon landing, opening of the channel tunnel, invention of the World Wide Web, which they think have been most significant.

Learning activities

Pupils are given a list of 12 events that happened during Elizabeth’s reign, (RS1) but can they spot the most significant ones?
They go home and ask parents/carers/grandparents’ their top 10 events and then discuss the idea of interpretations of the past. Who is right? Are any missing?

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