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British Pioneers
James Starley was the father of the bicycle industry and championed the Penny Farthing.

British Pioneers

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.

Studying the lives and achievements of historical figures is a key part of the KS1 history curriculum. Children must understand how the achievements of yesterday's pioneers have changed and influenced our lives today.

1.
Pioneering work from William Kennedy Laurie Dickson lead to the invention of the Kinetoscope. What might this be?
A machine to wash pets
A device to light a room
A machine for warming your feet
An early device for capturing motion pictures
Dickson invented his machine with the help of Thomas Eddison, who developed the first modern light bulb
2.
Emmeline Pankhurst was a pioneer and campaigner for women's right to do what?
Read
Drive
Swim
Vote
She was part of the Suffragette Movement. Some women died during their campaigns for equal rights for women
3.
Robert Cocking was a professional watercolour artist who pioneered what?
A cone-shaped parachute
A finer paintbrush
A brush cleaning device
A folding easel
He watched a parachutist land awkwardly and decided to design a better version of the parachute
4.
Sir Isaac Newton was a great scientific pioneer. He famously 'discovered' gravity when he saw...
A ball flying up into the air
A feather floating to the ground
An apple falling from an apple tree
A bird flying overhead
Newton also built the first practical reflecting telescope
5.
What is a pioneer?
A rare stamp
A type of animal
A kind of chocolate bar
The first person to develop, use, make, explore or settle
Without the discoveries of pioneers throughout history, our lives, country and homes would be very different
6.
Sir George Cayley was an engineer who pioneered a safety device in all of our cars today. What was it?
The airbag
The head light
The indicator
The seatbelt
Among the many other things that he developed are self-righting lifeboats, tension-spoke wheels and automatic signals for railway crossings
7.
Around 1870, English inventor James Starley pioneered a design which revolutionised which method of transport?
Boats
Cycles
Trains
Cars
He was described as the father of the bicycle industry and championed the Penny Farthing bicycle
8.
Trevor Baylis pioneered technology which led to the invention of what?
The water powered torch
The clockwork or wind up radio
The wind powered television
The solar powered pillow
The radio was invented to help people in the poorer parts of Africa to access information
9.
Charles Darwin was a pioneer in the world of science. What was his most famous work?
The Big Bang Theory
The Theory of Everything
The Theory of Evolution
The Theory of Dreams
Darwin thought that we all evolved from common ancestors
10.
Edward Jenner was a physician and pioneer who saved countless lives by developing what?
The modern sticking plaster
A vaccine for smallpox
Cough medicine
Suncream
Some people say that his work has saved more lives than the work of any other human
Author:  Angela Smith

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