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Maps - Categories
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Maps - Categories

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 categories or groups of things that might be found on maps. It is one of 50 quizzes to help you understand the world around you.

In geography you have found that there are lots of different places in the world. Some are hot and hilly, others are cold and flat. Some have lots of tall buildings, others are rural and spread out. In geography, just as in science, it is good to put things into categories. This also helps when you draw maps. On a map, all woods and forests are coloured green, for example. In this quiz you need to decide which groups or categories different things belong to.

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1.
Sam is looking in an atlas. He is looking at a map of Europe.

All the big cities are marked with a black circle. All the capital cities are marked with a black square.

Madrid is marked with a black square. What sort of city is Madrid?
Small city
New city
Capital city
Concrete city
Madrid is the capital city of which country?
2.
Ella is also writing down a list. Here is Ella’s list:

London
Birmingham
Paris
New York

Which group do these belong to?
Countries
Cities
Continents
Islands
What other big cities could Ella add to her list?
3.
Sam is also making a list. Sam’s list includes:

Brazil
Bangladesh
Cameroon

Which group is Sam’s list made up of?
Continents
Cities
Countries
Islands
There are lots of different countries. Can you name three more countries around the world?
4.
Amazon, Nile, Mississippi, Danube. What are these?
Mountains
Countries
Seas
Rivers
Can you find the River Danube on a map of Europe?
5.
Jack is making a list. All the names on Jack’s list have something in common. They are in a group. Here is Jack’s list:

Library
Block of flats
Hospital
Church

Which group do they belong to?
Hills
Mountains
Countries
Buildings
What other buildings could Jack add to his list?
6.
Tom is writing a list in geography. He gets to three things on his list, then he gets stuck.

Here is Tom’s list:

Beach
Cliff
Shingle

Can you help Tom? Which one of these could Tom add to his list?
Mountains
Lakes
Forests
Dunes
All the things on Tom’s list are found along the coast
7.
Adil has been doing a survey. With his teacher, Adil did the survey on the road outside his school. Here are his results:

Cars 10
Buses 2
Motorbikes 3
Lorries 2

What was Adil counting?
Vehicles
Houses
Buildings
Ships
Which vehicle was commonest on the road outside Adil’s school?
8.
Katie is making a list in geography. Here is her list:

German
Polish
Spanish
Chinese
French

What group is this?
Countries
Cities
Languages
Buildings
Are you learning a language at school? What is it?
9.
Harry’s teacher asks Harry to make a list of types of road. Harry writes down four things. But his teacher says only one of the four is a road. Which one is it?
Footpath
Pavement
Zebra crossing
Motorway
Here are three more that Harry could write down as types of road - street, lane, dual-carriageway
10.
Lakes, rivers, seas and oceans all have something in common. What is it?
Wood
Water
Fields
Buildings
Test yourself - can you name the 5 oceans of the world?
Author:  David Bland

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