SynopsisA sudden gust of wind blows the Queen’s hat off, so she and the Queen’s men set off on an adventure through London in pursuit of the hat.
Lesson accessvia url-link or QR-Code
Equipment for childtablet, phone or laptop, internet connection, perhaps headphones
Materials dictionary (online or paper), craft materials
Language Skillslistening, vocabulary (verbs), speaking (read aloud)
Cross-curricular Linkscitizenship, history, geography
ValuesLondon landmarks, royalty
World Event DayQueen’s birthday

Let’s Start

  • Equipment: dictionary (online or paper), tablet or laptop & internet connection and perhaps headphones
  • Materials for your Map: paper, coloured pens and pencils
  • Time: 20-30 minutes
  • Mini Picturebook e-Lessons: Guidelines

    STEP 1: Look at the Cover

    LookWhat do you see on the front cover.
    Read & NoticeRead the title. Can you see the Queen? Can you see her hat? What is the Queen doing? What animal can you see?
    LookDescribe the Queen: clothes, hair, movement.
    CountHow many soldiers are there? What are they doing? 
    PredictWhich country do you think this story takes place in? Why? 
    ResearchName three countries that have a monarchy. What form of government does your country have?
    PredictWhat do think happens to the Queen’s hat?
    ResearchWhat is a butler? What work does a butler do? Do you think the Queen has a butler?
    ResearchFind five famous landmarks to visit in London.
    PronounceSay: swish, whoosh and swoosh. What do you think these words mean? Do you think they sound light or heavy? 
    Check Look up the meaning of these words: to swish, to soar, to whoosh, to swoosh, to float. What type of weather are they related to? How do you say these words in your language?
    Step 2 and Step 3: Listen and Watch
    Part AListen and watch for general understanding and enjoyment.
    Part BListen and watch again and answer the questions, pause and replay when you need to.
    Where is the Queen going ? 
     What happens to her hat? 
     What are the soldiers called?
     Why could the Queen not catch her hat? 
     Where does she find her hat? 
    What is the place called with the large lion? Trafalgar …
     Where does the Queen ride a giraffe? London …
     What is the name of the train the Queen drives to catch her hat? 
     What is the name of the bridge she crosses? 
     What does the Queen use to fly?
     Where does the Queen finally find her hat? At Kensington ….
    Step 4: Add your Voice
    RememberName the London landmarks the Queen went to.
    Remember & CheckWhich creatures did you see in the London Zoo? What time was it on Big Ben’s clock?  Listen to Big Ben chiming. Big Ben
    Review & ObserveWatch and listen to the story again and pause every time you see the butler and the dog. Where are they? What are they doing? 
    Review & PersonaliseLook at the soldiers. How do you think they feel running after the Queen’s hat? Are they having any difficulties? If so, which ones? Do you think they like their job? 
    ResearchQueen Elizabeth II loves dogs. Find out some facts about her dogs: What breed are they? What do they look like? When did the Queen get her first dog? Do you like dogs? Do you have a dog? 
    Create Imagine the Queen lost her hat in your town or village. Draw a map of all the places  she  would pass. How would you help her find her hat?  
    Personal response Have you ever lost anything? What was it? How did it make you feel? Did you find it again? If so, how and where did you find it? 
    ThinkWhat is special about this book for Steve Antony? 
    Your opinionWhich is your favourite part of the story and your favourite illustration? Why?
    Step 5: Share and Evaluate your work
    ShareSend your work to your teacher or share in your virtual classroom.
    EvaluateComplete the evaluation sheet to reflect on your learning.

    Need Help ? Part A: Read and complete. You can write or say your answers. You can do this on your own, in pairs or in a class discussion.
    Part B: Think about how well you did. Choose and draw the smiley face that fits best.

    Teacher Notes

    Want More?

    Learn more about the Queen’s hats. The Queen’s Hats. What is a person who makes hats called in English? What is the word in your language?

    ©Ellis, G. & Gruenbaum, T. for PEPELT 2020

    The Queen’s Hat by Steve Antony published by Hodder Children’s Books, 2014 

    Video ©Steve Antony