Olympic Games
The Olympics have taken place for many years and have endured as a celebration of human achievement and athleticism.

Olympic Games

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 studying significant events which are commemorated through festivals or anniversaries.

Studying major events which have been commemorated historically in festivals, anniversaries and the like, is an interesting way to notice how things change over time. The Olympic Games is an event which has taken place, with some regularity, for many years and has endured as a festival which celebrates human achievement and athleticism.

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  1. When and where were the first modern Olympics held?
    In the opening ceremony, King Georgios I and a crowd of 60,000 spectators welcomed 280 male only participants from 13 nations
  2. The Olympic motto is 'Citius, Altius, Fortius'. What does this mean?
    This has been the official motto since 1924
  3. What did Sir Ludwig Guttmann introduce in 1948?
    The 'Parallel Olympics' were designed for athletes with disabilities
  4. Where is the Olympic flame always lit?
    A female performer, acting as a priestess, ignites a torch by placing it inside a special mirror which focuses the sun's rays
  5. What is the official symbol of the modern games?
    The rings represent the continents of North and South America, Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia
  6. The 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin were the first Games to be what?
    This was only to local audiences - now the Games are televised around the world
  7. How often do the main Olympic Games take place?
    The winter Olympics alternate with the main Olympic games every 2 years
  8. What prevented the Olympics from happening three times?
    The games are all numbered and these three games were still numbered, even though they did not take place
  9. What happened for the first time at the Paris games in 1924?
    The Winter Games also had its debut that year
  10. Where did the Olympic Games originally start?
    The original, ancient games were a sporting festival and started more than 3,000 years ago

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