Asking Questions
An artist who had painted a portrait of a famous person from history may have got to know the subject very well indeed!

Asking Questions

This quiz addresses the requirements of the National Curriculum KS1 History for children aged 5, 6 and 7 in years 1 and 2. Specifically this quiz is aimed at the section dealing with asking and answering questions about the past.

As KS1 children develop their understanding of what history means, they start asking logical questions, the answers to which will further their understanding of a particular area or topic. They may also understand how the past can be represented in many different ways, such as documents, paintings or artefacts, and this may help to aim their questioning in a sensible direction.

  1. If you saw an ancient vase in a museum, which questions wouldn't help you learn more about it?
    The answers to all the other questions would tell you much more about the vase
  2. How do historians find out more about artefacts from the past?
    Historians ask all kinds of questions to help them learn more about the past
  3. If you time-travelled back to Victorian England and met a child your age, which question would you ask to find out more about life at the time?
    Finding out about everyday life can give a fascinating picture of what the past was like
  4. Which of the following is not a sensible history question?
    Good historians know how to ask sensible questions to help them learn more about the past
  5. If you met someone who had painted a portrait of a famous person from history, which of the following would be a sensible question to ask?
    Portraits took a long time to paint, so the artist may well have got to know the subject very well indeed!
  6. Which of the following would mean you probably would not go down in the history books?
    Most famous people in history have stood out from the rest by bravery, leadership or through life-changing acts
  7. The Great Fire of London began in a baker's shop in 1666. Which question would not help you find out more about this event?
    The Great Fire had a huge effect on the city of London - including a ban on wooden buildings which still exists today!
  8. When historians and archaeologists find ancient jewellery, what question would they probably not ask?
    Even a small piece of jewellery can tell us a great deal about its history
  9. Imagine you find, in your attic, a very old photograph of a lady. What sort of question might you ask about it?
    Your own family may have a lot of interesting history
  10. When we read an account of an event from history, what's the most important question to ask?
    Knowing whether the source of the account is trustworthy or not is really important - sometimes things get made up!

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