People Who Changed History 1
Louis Pasteur found a way to make milk safe to drink.

People Who Changed History 1

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.

Understanding the lives and achievements of historical figures is a key part of the KS1 history curriculum. Children must gain an understanding of how the achievements of yesterday's pioneering historical figures have changed and influenced our lives today. This is one of three quizzes looking at people who have changed the world.

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  1. Galileo Galilei made many significant discoveries in astronomy. Where did his discoveries land him?
    The church was unhappy that he proved Earth rotated around the sun, and so it sent him to prison!
  2. Louis Pasteur was a scientist. He discovered a way to make something safer to drink. What was it?
    He found a way to kill bacteria in milk - a process we now call pasteurisation
  3. Joan of Arc changed the history of France by leading armies into battle. How did she die?
    Her actions helped to make France strong and victorious over the English, who thought she was a witch and burned her. She's now considered a saint
  4. Thomas Jefferson was an American president who made a huge difference to the lives of who?
    He signed a bill in 1807 which banned slavery in some parts of America
  5. Martin Luther King fought passionately, but without violence, to show what?
    His campaigning led to huge changes in the way things were done in America at the time
  6. Christopher Columbus was a great explorer noted for discovering what?
    Columbus’ first voyage was completed in 1492. He had intended to sail to Japan but ended up in the Bahamas, which he named San Salvador
  7. An Ancient Greek, Alexander, was such a fearsome commander that he was known as Alexander the what?
    During one decade he conquered all of the known world, creating a huge empire
  8. Johannes Gutenberg invented something which revolutionised the world. What was it?
    His press made books affordable for the first time, meaning more people could learn to read and write
  9. Leonardo da Vinci was a great artist and scientist about 500 years ago. He sketched ideas for the very first what?
    Some of his many ideas were years ahead of their time
  10. Albert Einstein was a great mathematician and thinker. What did his teachers think of him?
    Albert didn't like the way he was being taught, so he taught himself!

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