This primary resource explores the life of Queen Elizabeth I. Discover significant events that occurred during the Queen’s lifetime. When was she born? How long did she rule for? Did Queen Elizabeth I marry?

In our National Geographic Kids History primary resource sheet, pupils will learn about Queen Elizabeth I’s childhood, coronation and the changes she made during her reign.

The teaching resource can be used in study group tasks for a simple overview of Queen Elizabeth I’s life and reign. It can be used as a printed handout for each pupil to read themselves, or for display on the interactive whiteboard, as part of a whole class reading exercise.

Activity: Ask the children to make an illustrated Queen Elizabeth I timeline. As well as the information covered in our primary resource, encourage pupils to carry out their own research for new facts and events to include. The timelines could be used as part of an Elizabethan classroom display.


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This History primary resource assists with teaching the following History objectives from the National Curriculum:

  • Know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales


National Curriculum Key Stage 1 History objective:

  • Pupils should be taught: significant historical events, people and places in their own locality
  • Pupils should be taught: the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods [for example, Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria]


National Curriculum Key Stage 2 History objective:

  • Pupils should be taught a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066


This primary resource also assists with teaching the following English objectives from the National Curriculum:

  • Comprehension skills develop through pupils’ experience of high-quality discussion with the teacher, as well as from reading and discussing a range of stories, poems and non-fiction. All pupils must be encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum


This History primary resource assists with teaching the following Social Studies Second level objective from the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence:

  • I can discuss why people and events from a particular time in the past were important, placing them within a historical sequence 
  • I can compare and contrast a society in the past with my own and contribute to a discussion of the similarities and differences 


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