Leisure Time through History
Horse racing did not become a popular sport until the early 1900s.

Leisure Time through History

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 developing an awareness of differences between the past and the present.

An awareness of history can be developed by looking at different areas, one of which is leisure time. The way we spend our leisure time has changed dramatically over the centuries. The invention of labour saving devices has ensured we have much more free time than our ancestors - we don't even need to leave the house to do the shopping! Children in KS1 will learn about how leisure time in the past differed from that of the present, which helps them to develop an awareness of the differences between life in the past and the present time.

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  1. In the 1700s, many people worked long hours for little pay. A very popular leisure time activity was what?
    Some fairs lasted for a week and everyone enjoyed them, from rich to poor
  2. In 1784, a scientific spectacle caused a stir in London. What was it?
    People had never seen such a thing and it was talked about for months!
  3. In the 1800s, people often spent their free time where?
    Music halls were loud, busy places to eat, drink and watch the performances on stage
  4. What gradually replaced the loud, crowded music halls?
    Some beautiful Edwardian theatres still exist today
  5. How many hours a week did people work in 1900?
    There were no paid holidays but most people did not work on a Sunday
  6. In the early 1900s, King Edward VII made a certain sport very popular. What was it?
    Only the wealthy could afford to have a day at the races at first
  7. Which three games, invented in the middle of the 1900s, are still around today?
    Before people had television in their homes, board games and listening to the radio would have filled their evenings
  8. In 1927, something amazing happened in the world of cinema. What was it?
    In the 30s, most people went to the cinema at least once a week. Before 'talkies' music was played to accompany the film
  9. Nowadays we spend a lot of our leisure time watching TV. What's the average amount we spend doing this each day?
    Some people might spend considerably more than this
  10. After television, what's the next most popular leisure activity?
    A lot of people socialise with others at least once a week

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