Kings and Queens: 1,000 Years of British Royal History£4.99*
Learning about the Royal Family can seem a chore, but there is such a wealth of information, history and so many opportunities for learning about how the British Society has developed to where we are now, that exploring the lines of succession seems logical.
Authors, and app developers are using their creativity to make learning about the British Monarchy more interesting (see Tony Boullemier’s ‘Little Book of Monarchs’ here), and now the Royal Collection Trust has produced its first ever children’s iPad app, illustrating the fascinating royal history of Britain. Kings and Queens: 1,000 Years of British Royal History delves into the lives of the 42 British kings and queens from the last 1000 years, telling their stories through biographies, portraits and family trees.
The kings and queens are brought to life through over 20 animated portraits from the Royal Collection, many of which can be seen in royal residences today. The image of each monarch is accompanied by a biography, key facts about their life, and a timeline to set their rule within a wider historical context. An interactive quiz about each monarch allows users to test their knowledge.
The profile of each monarch is arranged in a family tree, showing siblings, spouses and offspring. Children exploring the app will learn about the links between the ruling houses, and how and why the Crown passed from one ruler to the next, from William 1 in the 11th century to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Although the app is priced at £4.99, it is worth the investment, if only to use on a couple of iPads, to encourage group work, or even for whole class explorations of the monarchy. The time, labour and love going in to creating apps is clear to see in this wonderfully executed resource.
The intuitive, multi-layered format of Kings and Queens: 1,000 Years of British Royal History is aimed at children aged between 11 and 14 who are studying at Key Stages 3 and 4, and more broadly at those with an interest in British history. The app also contains downloadable, shareable, worksheets for teachers and parents, and is available via the Apple App store link below:
*Price correct at time of publication