Sister Queens

My daughter is enjoying her current History Theme – The Kings and Queens of Britain.  She is creating a rather LARGE poster showing the lineage / timeline / key facts etc but she has also been going off on tangents learning about different Kings and Queens that interest her.

One of the smaller projects that she is doing alongside her Poster is filling out her own summary booklets for the Kings and Queens that she finds particularly interesting.  She loves these little booklets, and was even thinking she might try to attach them onto her main Poster but we will see, she is still deciding on what her final draft of the Poster is going to look like and include. (The 3 booklets in the picture below are these ones from Activity Village – Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I.)

British Monarchy Booklets downloaded from the Activity Village website. Perfect to summarize key facts

The three above have really intrigued her.  The fact that they were all half-siblings from the different wives of Henry the VIII and that even though they had the same father they were raised in different religions and did not seem to like each other.  She found the mistrust between the half-siblings fascinating and the plotting  – oh this family set-up has really amazed her.

Luckily for us we already owned a very useful book about the siblings – Sister Queens: The Lives and Reigns of Mary and Elizabeth: Band 15/Emerald (Collins Big Cat).  It is a BIG CAT reader and is aimed at primary ages so it does not go into extensive detail but it really does cover a lot of the important facts and key events.

Collins BIG CAT reader Sister Queen The Lives and Reigns of Mary and Elizabeth

Sister Queens starts by explaining Henry VIII descendants and how he married multiple time in order to get the sons that he desired.  It talks about Edward’s rule and the nine-day Queen before Mary I came to power.  The book talks briefly about how the different children of Henry VIII followed different religions resulting in changes every time a new descendant come to power. It explains why Mary was called Bloody Mary and why Elizabeth was Good Queen Bess (but no gruesome detail).

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After Mary came Elizabeth and because her reign was for longer and seen as more succesful the book does include more information about Elizabeth than Mary.

In fact the she used thee Sister Queen reader as her source when she created her summary Booklets of both Mary I and Elizabeth I.

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With Elizabeth she actually used 2 of the Booklets as even though she was summarizing the facts there really was a lot more that she felt she needed to include.

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I must admit from my point of view this has been a great exercise in Summarising facts.  Something which she has struggled to do successfully in the past as she tends to always want to include detail.  But reading the Sister Queen book and then trying to include just key facts in her booklet really made her think about what was a key fact and what was extra detail.

And just to mention something that she also found useful and it is in the pictures above was the  Six Wives of Henry VIII booklet also from the Activity Village site.  It really is helpful when you are looking at Henry VIII’s children.

Activity Village the Six Wives of Henry VIII booklet

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British History for kids.  Sister Queens, Queen mary I and Queen Elizabeth I.  A book to read and booklets to write in

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