Commemorating Events Beyond Living Memory

Block E - The Monarch's Official Birthday

Learn about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally: events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries. Choose from our series of lively and creative blocks: find out about key commemorative days such as Remembrance Day, Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving Day, the first aeroplane flight, Shakespeare’s birthday, the Monarch’s official birthday, important National Days and Commonwealth Day.

Every year the UK celebrates the official birthday of the Monarch in early June. Find out about the origin of this annual event and about the traditional celebrations such as the Trooping of Colour and the Monarch’s birthday honours list.

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: How many birthdays?

Sing about months of the year, compile a block graph of class birthdays, and enjoy a birthday story. Which real person has 2 birthdays?!

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02: Crown Him/Her!

Walk and move like a royal monarch, make your own crown and paint a royal portrait. Enjoy ‘Winnie the Pooh and the Royal birthday’. 

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03: Marching!

Practice marching; Learn about ‘Trooping the Colour’ - design own colour to troop to.

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04: Birthday Honours

Children consider who they would honour and why; invite audience to ‘Honours’ presentation and celebration.