Ancient monuments, like The Colosseum in Rome, can help us to understand what life was like in the olden days.


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 looking at evidence from our own lives and the lives of others, and observing the environment around us, including photographs, objects, buildings, personal memorabilia and radio and television broadcasts

As KS1 children learn about what history is and what it means, they will also begin to understand the various sources from which historical information can be gleaned. This may include looking at photographs, reports, artefacts and other evidence. They are also encouraged to observe the environment around them for possible sources of evidence. Asking sensible questions about what this evidence represents is an important skill which young children sometimes find tricky to develop.

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  1. This is a vintage car from around 1920. What do you think 'vintage' means?
    Vintage is used to describe many things from fashion to cars to tea sets!
  2. When historians and archaeologists look at fragments of pottery, they are trying to discover...
    Even a small fragment of pottery can tell a story about life in times gone by
  3. What might a historian want to ask about this monument?
    Ancient monuments such as Stonehenge can tell us a lot about beliefs at the time
  4. What does this photograph tell us about school days in 1950s America?
    The photo gives us lots of clues about school life then
  5. What does this photograph tell us about the diet of a lot of people in the 18th century?
    Food in those days would mostly consist of things you could catch or grow yourself
  6. At one time, steam trains were used to travel long distances. Modern electric trains are much...
    Steam trains were very dirty and noisy
  7. This is a Canadian postage stamp showing Queen Elizabeth II. We can tell it might be quite old because...
    Early stamps and coins show a much younger Queen
  8. Even though this building is now in ruins, once it was...
    This is Corfe Castle in Dorset. It would have been a large home for lots of people
  9. We can tell these photographs are probably quite old because...
    Most photography is in colour today although it wasn't widely used until around 1970
  10. What difference do you notice between this Tudor street and modern streets today?
    Very old buildings were often much smaller - the road is very narrow too

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