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 are able to sequence images of jubilee celebrations from 1897, 1935, 1977, 2002 and 2012.
  • They can explain features that show change over time as well as continuity.

Learning activities

Pupils can identify similarities and differences between jubilees in the past and those in the 21th century. This can be done orally with no need to record anything in writing. Examples have been chosen that allow older children to go back into Queen Victoria’s reign.


Good focus for older children on fact that Victoria ruled over an empire.
Pupils might

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