Today 9th September 2015 Queen Elizabeth 2nd becomes Britain’s longest-reigning monarch (1952-2015), when she passes the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria (1837-1901).
The Queen will have reigned for 63 years and seven months – an amazing 23,226 days!
This has led to a range of postal commemoratives such as this Isle of Man stamp first day cover from the Westminster Collection:
Inspiration for Primary History Teaching – Two Queens
The different reign of the two queens is covered in some units based on the Primary History National Curriculum such as Cornwall Learning’s Inspire Curriculum Year 2 National Celebration Two Queens : http://theinspirecurriculum.co.uk/product/national-celebration
There is a similar Curriculum map for Year 6 A Voyage of Discovery covering Charles Darwin’s voyages and the Victorians.
This is an exciting opportunity to combine Science and History (of Science) and Geography (and RE) which should be interesting to explore in the classroom and at zoo workshops or offsites. We had great fun exploring these topics in schools and at the zoo and galleries in Darwin 200 Bicentenary Year 2009:
We also saw an interesting postal related unit for Year 1 called Posting and Places. This involves letter and postcard writing (and led to a flurry of enquiries and visit requests about penguins at Newquay Zoo last Spring). Maybe stamp design could creep in somewhere?
So an amazing history record by Queen Victoria and some great opportunities to explore topics in the classroom and enjoy Victorians, stamps and postal history as learning opportunities and fascinating hobby learning.