Oak - Reception and Key Stage 1

TERM 3 and 4 PROJECT - Magnificent Monarchs

Magnificent Monarchs

In the Magnificent Monarchs project, your child will learn about English and British monarchs from AD 871 to the present day and consider how the power of the monarchy has changed over time. They will study six significant sovereigns; Alfred the Great, William the Conqueror, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria and the current monarch, Elizabeth II. Finally, they will choose which of the sovereigns that they have studied is the most significant.

Memorable experience

Queen's Tea Party

Innovate challenge

Magnificent Monarchs board game


Narrative: The Queen's Hat;

Instructions: How to make a bird feeder

Narrative: George and the Dragon

Poetry: When I'm by Myself


Multiplication and Division; Fractions; Shape 


Historical vocabulary; Historical periods; Timelines; Power and rule; Historical artefacts; Significant people - Alfred the Great, William the Conqueror; Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, Elizabeth II; Bayeux tapestry; Feudal system; Actions and impact; Historical models


Significant places – royal residences

Art and design

Portraits and Poses: This project teaches children about portraiture. They analyse the portraits of Tudor monarchs and compare Tudor portraits and selfies today. They use photo editing software to create royal portraits.


Cut, Stitch and Join: This project teaches children about fabric home products and the significant British brand Cath Kidston. They learn about sewing patterns and using a running stitch and embellishments before making a sewn bag tag.

Push and Pull: This project teaches children about three types of mechanism: sliders, levers and linkages. They make models of each mechanism before designing and making a greetings card with a moving part.


Animals: This project teaches children about growth in animals by exploring life cycles of some familiar animals. They build on learning about the survival of humans, by identifying the basic needs of animals for survival, including food, water, air and shelter.


Why does Easter Matter to Christians?

Why was Jesus welcomed like a King by the crowds of Palm Sunday? 


Topic homework will be set on Satchel One. You can pick from a range of projects and it is expected that four will be completed over the term. You can bring your homework into school to show and tell on a Friday. Your child’s wonderful work will either then be returned or displayed in the classroom. We can’t wait to see your amazing home learning!  

Log on to TTRS or Numbots to practice your times tables and number bonds. Try to do this 5 minutes a day - it really makes a difference! 

Maths quizzes linked to our learning are set weekly on https://diagnosticquestions.com 

Please check Satchel One for your class code to create an account.

Reading books are changed on a Thursday. Please bring in your books if you would like to change them.


What have we been learning this week? 

This week we launched our topic with our memorable experience. We dressed up as Kings and Queens, made crowns and bunting, and finished the day with a Royal Tea Party.

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Collective Worship

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Our value this term is 'Justice'. We have read an acrostic poem describing the meaning of Justice and have chosen our favourite line as our goal for this term. 

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This term, our Big Question is 'Why was Jesus welcomed like a king or celebrity by the crowds on Palm Sunday?'. We are currently thinking about who is special to us and why. How would we welcome them if they came to our school?

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Last term, our Big Question was 'Why does Christmas matter to Christians?' We created advent wreaths and explored the Nativity story. 

Advent wreath

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We have discussed the creation story from Genesis 1 and how Christians believe that God created the world in seven days. We created art to reflect this.

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Prayer Space

Prayer space enables our children, of all faiths and none, to explore big life questions, spirituality and faith in a safe, creative and interactive way. 

Prayer space gives them an opportunity to develop skills of personal reflection and to explore prayer in an open, inclusive and safe environment. 

The allows our children to make their own meaning and to draw their own conclusions.

We have a collection of activities the children can complete daily, or they may choose to sit and reflect in a calm and thoughtful way. 

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Page Downloads Date  
Magnificent Monarchs knowledge organiser 12th Dec 2021 Download
Magnificent Monarchs home learningworkbook 12th Dec 2021 Download