Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in Japan: Teaching Materials


1. Celebrating the Platinum Jubilee: Ideas for Your Classroom

Do you teach in Japan? We have some great ideas for engaging your class and students and sharing the Platinum Jubilee fun in your classroom.

1.1 Bunting

The bunting is something quintessentially British and can be found at almost every barbecue, birthday party or garden party in the UK. Streamers are triangular pieces of fabric or paper, held together by a length of string and used as decorations to hang anywhere you like. Why not invite your pupils (or your colleagues too) to try their hand at drawing the Union Jack, or to draw their dreams for the future? If you’re really daring, how about a portrait of the Queen herself? The garland can be hung in your hallways or common areas as a reminder of the Jubilee once the festivities are over.

1.2 pudding contest

How about encouraging your students or colleagues to try their hand at making their own cake or dessert at home? You can encourage them by trying to make a recipe yourself. Here’s a fun fact to share with your students: Britain’s favorite family dish, Coronation Chicken, was invented for the Queen’s coronation in 1953. The same idea is being promoted this year, in the quest for a new pudding worthy of 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 can encourage your students to do some historical research on Queen Elizabeth II in advance and share the Q&A with them below, to see how much information they were able to gather. This would be a great way to add a competitive edge to getting your students to learn more about Queen Elizabeth II and her reign.

1.4 The national anthem of the United Kingdom

Does your school have a music teacher or an after school music club? Why not share with them the score of “God Save the Queen”? Not only will this give them the chance to learn a new song, but they can also try their hand at singing it in English. You can find more information about the national anthem in the following link: National anthem

1.5 painting competition

Another fun way to share and celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee while encouraging your students to explore their arty side. Why not ask them to paint or draw a picture of Queen Elizabeth II, or something related to royalty, and display the top three. This is another opportunity to also involve your fellow teachers and show your students their artistic qualities.

1.6 true or false game

On the next page you will find a number of statements relating to Queen Elizabeth II and her reign over the past 70 years. Some are true, some are false. How many facts can your students get right? Some of them might surprise you!

We encourage you to share your celebrations wherever possible using the hashtags #PlatinumJubilee and #HM70 on your social media.

If you have managed to organize a successful lesson, activity or event with your school, we would like to know more. 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 has 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

Here are 10 questions about the queen. Some questions offer higher points. How much can you get right?

Q1. How old is Queen Elizabeth II? (2 points)

Q2. In what year did she become queen? (1 mark)

Q3. How many years must a monarch reign to reach his silver jubilee? (2 points)

Q4. Q4. When did the Queen visit Japan? (4 dots)

Q5. What breed of dog does The Queen have? (3 points)

Q6. What is the name of the queen’s late husband? (3 points)

Q7. How many children does the queen have? (2 points)

Q8. How many years must a monarch reign to reach his Golden Jubilee? (1 mark)

Q9. What is the name of the Queen’s late sister? (4 dots)

Q10. How many years does a monarch have to reign to reach their platinum jubilee? (1 mark)

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 Answers to the questionnaire

1. 96 years old 2. 1952 3. 25 years old 4. 1975 5. Corgi 6. Prince Phillip 7. Four 8. 50 years old 9. Princess Margaret 10. 70 years old


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