Famous for more than Five Minutes

Block A - Monarchs

Study people who have made significant contributions both nationally and internationally. Be inspired by their achievements and try some projects in the same areas of expertise such as art, music, leadership, science, mathematics and invention. Be inspired by these role models, to dream of what you might achieve in the future. Choose famous people from the following broad historical eras: Tudor and Renaissance times (T), Victorian and early Modern times (V), Early Twentieth Century (E) and Late Twentieth /Early Twentieth Century (L). Each block will allow you to explore one or two changes in aspects of everyday life.

Compare the lives and reigns of Elizabeth 1 and Queen Victoria, two fascinating monarchs. Place their reigns and significant events within a chronological timeline. Identify the key roles of a monarch and further learning about these fascinating characters through a range of exciting and interactive activities.

This Topic is written for Key Stage 1. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: The role of a monarch

Order pictures of some British monarchs on a timeline; Identify the key roles of a monarch and write them in the form of a fun job description.

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02: Queen Elizabeth I and England at the time of her reign

Begin to develop knowledge and understanding of the life and role of Elizabeth I through images, role-play and stories; explore the significant developments of English life during Elizabeth I’s reign through mystery items; make an Elizabethan collage using images from the time of Elizabeth I.

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03: Queen Victoria and Britain at the time of her reign

Begin to develop knowledge and understanding of the life and role of Victoria through images, role-play and stories; explore the significant developments of English life during Victoria’s reign through mystery items; create an ‘in this era’ collage using images from the time of Victoria.

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04: Fashion and make-up developments from Queen Elizabeth I to Queen Victoria

Sort sample fashions and make-up trends into Elizabethan and Victorian; role-play an editorial meeting from a magazine, identifying fashion and make-up trends during the Elizabethan and Victorian eras; design and make an outfit in the style of either Elizabeth I or Victoria based on the fashions from the era concerned.

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05: The values of Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria as seen in portraits

Know that items in some portraits represent the values of the person painted; suggest the values of Elizabeth I and Victoria by looking at the ‘symbols’ found in portraits of them; paint a portrait of either Elizabeth I or Victoria, which includes symbolic items that reflect their values at that time.

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06: What sort of monarch would you be?

Use the values of monarchs in the past to help you come up with your own values if you were to be king or queen; use historical ‘symbols’ that represent values to help identify some symbols that you could use to represent your own values; design and make a throne that is decorated in visual symbols that would represent your values if you were king or queen.