1. Celebrating the Platinum Anniversary: Ideas for your classroom
Do you teach in Japan? We have some great ideas to get your class and students involved and share the fun of the Platinum Jubilee in your classroom.
Bunting is something quintessentially British and can be found at almost every BBQ, birthday or garden party in the UK. Buntings are pieces of triangular fabric or paper held together by string and used as decorations that can be hung anywhere. Why not let your students (or even colleagues) try to draw the Union Jack or draw their dreams for the future? If you’re really brave, how about a portrait of the Queen herself? The bunting can be hung in your hallways or common areas as a reminder of the anniversary after the celebrations are over.
1.2 Pudding Contest
How about encouraging your students or colleagues to make their own cakes or desserts at home? You can encourage them by trying to bake a recipe yourself. Here’s a fun fact to share with your students: The British family’s favorite dish, coronation chicken, was invented for the Queen’s coronation in 1953. The same idea is being promoted this year in the search for a new pudding fit for the queen.
1.3 Queen Elizabeth II Quiz
At the end of this pack are 10 questions about Queen Elizabeth II and her life. You could encourage your students to do some historical research about Queen Elizabeth II ahead of time and share the questions and answers below with them to see how much information they were able to gather. It would be a great way to engage your students in learning about Queen Elizabeth II and her reign.
1.4 The British national anthem
Does your school have a music teacher or after school music club? Why not share the God Save the Queen score with you? Not only does it give them the opportunity to learn a new song, but they can also try singing it in English. For more information on the national anthem, see the following link: National Anthem
1.5 painting contest
Another fun way to share and celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee while encouraging your students to explore their artistic side. Why not ask them to paint or draw a picture of Queen Elizabeth II or something royal and display the top three? This is another opportunity to involve your fellow teachers and let your students show off their artistic skills.
1.6 True or false game
On the next page you will find a series of statements about Queen Elizabeth II and her reign over the past 70 years. Some are true, some are false. How many of the facts can your students understand correctly? Some of them might surprise you!
We encourage you to share your celebrations where possible by using the hashtags #PlatinumJubilee and #HM70 on your social media channels.
If you’ve managed to deliver a successful lesson, activity or event with your school, we’d love to hear about it. You can email us at Japan.PlatinumJubilee@fcdo.gov.uk to share your celebrations with us.
2. True or false game
1. The Queen is Queen Victoria’s great-great-granddaughter.
2. The Queen is fluent in French.
3. The Queen is fluent in French.
4. The Queen is the only person in the UK who can drive without a licence.
5. The Queen has two birthdays.
6. The Queen created a new breed of dog called “Dorgi” – a cross between a corgi and a dachshund.
7. The Queen has never used Instagram.
8. The Queen can travel without a passport.
3. Queen Elizabeth II Quiz
Below are 10 questions about the Queen. Some questions offer higher points. How many can you get right?
Q1 How old is Queen Elizabeth II? (2 points)
Q2. What year did she become queen? (1 point)
Q3 How many years must a monarch reign to reach his silver jubilee? (2 points)
Q4 Q4 In what year did the Queen visit Japan? (4 points)
Q5. What breed of dog does the Queen have? ( 3 points)
Q6. What is the name of the Queen’s late husband? (3 points)
F7. How many children does the Queen have? (2 points)
Q8 How many years does a monarch need to reign to reach their Golden Jubilee? (1 point)
Q9 What is the name of the Queen’s late sister? (4 points)
Q10. How many years does a monarch need to reign to reach his Platinum Jubilee? (1 point)
3.1 True or false game answers
1. True 2. False 3. True 4. True 5. True 6. True 7. False 8. True
3.2 Quiz Answers
1. 96 years old 2. 1952 3. 25 years 4. 1975 5. Corgi 6. Prince Phillip 7. Four 8. 50 years 9. Princess Margaret 10. 70 years