British Inventors
Percy Shaw invented cats' eyes for the roads after he was inspired by a pair of real cat's eyes which reflected his car's headlights.

British Inventors

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 historical figures and understanding the lives and achievements of significant people in history.

Studying the lives and achievements of significant people in history is a key part of the KS1 history curriculum. Children must understand how the creations, inventions and discoveries of significant inventors through history have shaped and influenced the lives and homes of people today.

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  1. Stephen Perry invented a little thing we all have in our homes. What was it?
    Perry invented the rubber band to hold papers or envelopes together
  2. Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. This is why we sometimes say...
    Another man, Thomas Watson, helped Bell with his invention. They had the very first telephone conversation!
  3. John Logie Baird invented something most of us have in our living rooms. What is it?
    Televised moving images first appeared in 1926, but they were very blurry!
  4. Edwin Beard Budding developed something for gardeners in 1830. What was it?
    The reel mower was a set of blades set in a cylinder on two wheels. When you push the lawn mower, the cylinder rotates, and the blades cut the grass
  5. John Montagu invented something most of us have eaten in our lifetime. What was it?
    John was the Earl of Sandwich. One day, he was too busy to have a formal meal, and instructed his cook to pack his meat inside the bread to save him time - and the sandwich was invented!
  6. Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt invented Radar in 1935. What does RADAR stand for?
    Radar was invented to track storms and keep aircraft safe
  7. Percy Shaw invented a road safety device after he saw a cat at the side of the road. What was it?
    The light from his headlights shone and was reflected by the cat's eyes, saving him from driving off the edge of the road
  8. William Caxton invented the printing press. The first English printed book was all about...
    The book sold recently for hundreds of thousands of pounds
  9. John Venn invented a visual device used in mathematics. What was it?
    The diagram is a visual way to represent sets, and their unions and intersections
  10. Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. His first version was called...
    The WWW was first used in 1990 and is used in most homes today

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