Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) ruled England for 44 years. She is widely considered to be one of the country’s most successful monarchs ever.
During her reign, explorers sailed around the globe, William Shakespeare wrote plays and Protestantism was established in England.
- Ask children to match the subheadings to the correct paragraph in this online activity.
- Look at some images of coins from Elizabeth I’s reign and compare them to coins today. What is the same, what is different?
- Create your own timeline of Elizabeth’s life. This is a good starting point.
- Write a story set in Elizabethan times.
- Compare a portrait of Elizabeth, for example, one from this page, with a portrait of her father, such as this one. What do you notice? This page has some ideas for discussion.
- Use this page to research information about exploration during Tudor times, and mark the places explored on a world map.
- Download our Tudors Pack for lots of resources and activities.
Elizabeth I Facts
- Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.
- She was the third child of Henry VIII to become the English monarch.
- Elizabeth kept her cousin Mary Queen of Scots, in prison for nearly 20 years, and then had her executed.
- Elizabeth never married.
- The first known wristwatch was given to Elizabeth by Robert Dudley in 1571.
Queen Elizabeth I
This video is a good overview of Elizabeth’s reign, especially the religious and political issues.
Running Time: 4:28
Historical Desktop: Elizabeth I
This Horrible Histories video gives an insight into Elizabeth’s suitors.
Running Time: 4:06
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This video gives the historical background and details about the Armada in a child-friendly format.
Running Time 5:58
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