Invaders of Britain
Operation Sea Lion was Hitler's plan to invade the UK in World War II.

Invaders of Britain

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 significant events in the history of Britain, in particular, would-be invaders and actual invasions in the past.

Our island, Great Britain, has been the subject of invasions many times in the past. The ancient Roman, the marauding Vikings, the Anglo-Saxons and the Normans were all invaders. Our country has been shaped and changed by the people who have tried to make it their own.

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  1. In 55 BC, Celtic Britain was invaded by the Romans. Who led them?
    Caesar's two invasions did not conquer Britain, but did make it a major trading partner of Rome
  2. Which fearsome Celtic queen led the fight against Roman rule?
    Her name can also be spelled 'Boadicea' or 'Boudica'
  3. As the Roman Empire declined, who invaded next?
    The people now called the 'Anglo-Saxons' largely came from Scandinavia and northern Germany
  4. The Viking raids began in England in the late 8th century. Where did they attack first?
    The first monastery to be raided was at Lindisfarne in 793
  5. Who were the next invaders after the Vikings?
    William, Duke of Normandy, led the invasion and this is shown in the famous Bayeux Tapestry
  6. A Baron's War to remove King John of England in 1215 was led by which two countries?
    The invasion was only partially successful
  7. In 1588 a fleet of Spanish ships arrived to invade. What was it called?
    The fleet consisted of 130 ships
  8. The Jacobite invasion of Britain was led by Charles Edward Stuart. What was his nickname?
    He was also known as 'The Young Pretender' but the invasion was doomed and ended with the Battle of Culloden
  9. What was the problem with Napoleon's planned invasion in 1798?
    Napoleon decided to concentrate on invading Egypt instead!
  10. During the Second World War, Germany planned to invade Britain. What was the operation called?
    The invasion was never carried out as Germany had neither the larger air force nor navy that it needed for the job

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