Every year the UK celebrates the official birthday of the Monarch in early June, usually the second Saturday. Use this event as a springboard for key stage 1 teaching about royal traditions and discovering famous monarchs.
These exciting KS1 cross-curricular topics cover objectives from History, Art and Design, English, Design and Technology and Physical Education. Use the relevant and topical event of the Queen's Official Birthday on the second Saturday in June to introduce the following key stage 1 topics.
Year 1 and Year 2 children sing about months of the year, compile a block graph of class birthdays, and enjoy a birthday story. Then then discuss the question "Which real person has 2 birthdays?!"
Children walk and move like a royal monarch, make their own crown and paint a royal portrait. Enjoy Winnie the Pooh and the Royal Birthday. They learn about ‘Trooping the Colour’ before designing their own colour to parade before. Children consider who they would honour and why and invite an audience to their own ‘Honours’ presentation and celebration.
Explore our topic block dedicated to the Monarch's Official Birthday for KS1.
Year 1 and Year 2 children compare the lives and reigns of sixteenth-century Queen Elizabeth I and nineteenth-century Queen Victoria. Place their reigns and significant events from their lives on a timeline. Consider the different things you can learn from portraits and the changes in fashion that took place between the Tudor and Victorian periods. Identify the key roles of a monarch through interactive activities and develop an understanding of how your values match up to British values of the past.
Explore our topic block dedicated to Famous Monarchs for KS1