On Saturday the 6th of May 2023, the whole of the United Kingdom came together as we watched our new monarch, King Charles the third, be crowned King of England.


Last week's coronation event was a significant moment in British history as it marked the beginning of a new reign. Saturday’s ceremony was steeped in tradition, and included rituals such as the king being anointed in holy oil; being presented with the crown and sceptre; and finally taking an oath of allegiance to the British people and our country.


The significance of this event has not been lost at Gorse Hill Primary School as during the week leading up to the 6th of May we taught our children all about the history of the British royal family, as well as why the coronation is of vast importance. We also didn’t miss the opportunity to further promote British values to our pupils.


As well as integrating the coronation into our lesson plans, we also hosted a number of activities that encapsulated everything British. For example, In preparation for the King's coronation, our years 5 and 6 pupils took on the task of creating striking portraits of King Charles. Meanwhile, our talented years 3 and 4 pupils designing their own coronation Coat of Arms. They did extremely well in combining symbols and imagery to represent the monarchy.


Our years 1 and 2 children were also letting their creative skills loose as they created captivating collages and silhouettes depicting the iconic Buckingham Palace and the London skyline. Finally, early years designed and crafted their own crowns. They also got to view the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.


In the realm of history and puzzles, our years 1 to 6 students engaged in challenging activities to deepen their understanding of the monarchy and its significance. Years 1 joined year 2 in solving puzzles 1 and 4 from the KS History curriculum which helped them discover intriguing details about the coronation. Years 3 and 4 took on a more comprehensive puzzle experience, engaging with puzzles 1, 2, 3, and 4. Whilst our years 5 and 6 pupils pushed themselves and took on puzzles 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6!


Through these activities, the children were able to embark on an immersive journey, exploring history while sharpening their critical thinking skills. When asked about the coronation activities at Gorse Hill Miss Dodson, year 3 teacher, had his to say, "The children had a great day celebrating the coronation. It was wonderful to see the whole school involved in the celebrations!"


Last Saturday was an important moment in our country's history; and we hope everyone enjoyed celebrating the coronation, with their family and friends, as much as we enjoyed hosting these events!