British Pioneers
James Starley was the father of the bicycle industry and championed the Penny Farthing.

British Pioneers

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 historical figures is a key part of the KS1 history curriculum. Children must understand how the achievements of yesterday's pioneers have changed and influenced our lives today.

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  1. Pioneering work from William Kennedy Laurie Dickson lead to the invention of the Kinetoscope. What might this be?
    Dickson invented his machine with the help of Thomas Eddison, who developed the first modern light bulb
  2. Sir Isaac Newton was a great scientific pioneer. He famously 'discovered' gravity when he saw...
    Newton also built the first practical reflecting telescope
  3. Robert Cocking was a professional watercolour artist who pioneered what?
    He watched a parachutist land awkwardly and decided to design a better version of the parachute
  4. What is a pioneer?
    Without the discoveries of pioneers throughout history, our lives, country and homes would be very different
  5. Around 1870, English inventor James Starley pioneered a design which revolutionised which method of transport?
    He was described as the father of the bicycle industry and championed the Penny Farthing bicycle
  6. Trevor Baylis pioneered technology which led to the invention of what?
    The radio was invented to help people in the poorer parts of Africa to access information
  7. Sir George Cayley was an engineer who pioneered a safety device in all of our cars today. What was it?
    Among the many other things that he developed are self-righting lifeboats, tension-spoke wheels and automatic signals for railway crossings
  8. Emmeline Pankhurst was a pioneer and campaigner for women's right to do what?
    She was part of the Suffragette Movement. Some women died during their campaigns for equal rights for women
  9. Edward Jenner was a physician and pioneer who saved countless lives by developing what?
    Some people say that his work has saved more lives than the work of any other human
  10. Charles Darwin was a pioneer in the world of science. What was his most famous work?
    Darwin thought that we all evolved from common ancestors

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