KS1 Geography Quiz - Directions - Compasses And Maps (Questions)

This quiz addresses part of the requirements of the National Curriculum KS1 for children aged 5 and 6 in years 1 and 2 in Geography. Specifically it looks at the points of a compass and how they relate to maps, globes and the real world. It is one of 50 quizzes to help you understand the world around you.

Have you ever used a compass to find your way? Do you know the four points of the compass? Which way is north? Where does the sun rise? These are some of the questions you might be asked in geography. Maps help you find your way around the world. But you have to know that north is always at the top of the map. In this quiz we find out a little bit more about maps and how to use them.

1. Sam wants to know which direction is north. His Dad goes outside with Sam. They use a _______ to find out which way is north.
[ ] Clock
[ ] Watch
[ ] Timer
[ ] Compass
2. Which bit of a map is north?
[ ] Top
[ ] Bottom
[ ] Middle
[ ] Back
3. Where does the sun rise?
[ ] In the north
[ ] In the east
[ ] In the south
[ ] In the west
4. Where does the sun set?
[ ] In the north
[ ] In the east
[ ] In the south
[ ] In the west
5. Where is south on a map?
[ ] At the top
[ ] In the middle
[ ] To one side
[ ] At the bottom
6. Which direction lies between north and west?
[ ] North-East
[ ] South-East
[ ] South-West
[ ] North-West
7. Manchester is in the _________ of England.
[ ] North-West
[ ] South-East
[ ] South-West
[ ] North-East
8. Sam is looking at a globe. Where is the North Pole?
[ ] On top of the globe
[ ] On the Equator
[ ] Inside the globe
[ ] At the bottom of the globe
9. Sam is looking at a globe. He wants to find Australia. Where on the globe should he look?
[ ] On top of the globe
[ ] In the top half of the globe
[ ] In the bottom half of the globe
[ ] Inside the globe
10. Which direction on a map is west?
[ ] To the left-hand side
[ ] To the right-hand side
[ ] In the middle
[ ] Straight down
KS1 Geography Quiz - Directions - Compasses And Maps (Answers)
1. Sam wants to know which direction is north. His Dad goes outside with Sam. They use a _______ to find out which way is north.
[ ] Clock
[ ] Watch
[ ] Timer
[x] Compass
Have you ever used a compass?
2. Which bit of a map is north?
[x] Top
[ ] Bottom
[ ] Middle
[ ] Back
The tops of maps always point north
3. Where does the sun rise?
[ ] In the north
[x] In the east
[ ] In the south
[ ] In the west
Which sea lies to the east of the British Isles? - The North Sea. Oh, dear, that is confusing, but it’s true!
4. Where does the sun set?
[ ] In the north
[ ] In the east
[ ] In the south
[x] In the west
What big island lies to the west of Great Britain? - Ireland
5. Where is south on a map?
[ ] At the top
[ ] In the middle
[ ] To one side
[x] At the bottom
Which country lies south of Great Britain, across the English Channel? - France
6. Which direction lies between north and west?
[ ] North-East
[ ] South-East
[ ] South-West
[x] North-West
So, which direction lies between south and east?
7. Manchester is in the _________ of England.
[x] North-West
[ ] South-East
[ ] South-West
[ ] North-East
London is in the south-east of England. Plymouth is in south-west England. Newcastle is in north-east England
8. Sam is looking at a globe. Where is the North Pole?
[x] On top of the globe
[ ] On the Equator
[ ] Inside the globe
[ ] At the bottom of the globe
Can you find the North Pole on a globe?
9. Sam is looking at a globe. He wants to find Australia. Where on the globe should he look?
[ ] On top of the globe
[ ] In the top half of the globe
[x] In the bottom half of the globe
[ ] Inside the globe
Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere
10. Which direction on a map is west?
[x] To the left-hand side
[ ] To the right-hand side
[ ] In the middle
[ ] Straight down
So, which direction on a map is east?