KS1 History Quiz - British Scientists (Questions)

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 significant figures in history is a key part of the KS1 history curriculum. Children must understand how the achievements, discoveries and developments of significant British figures such as scientists have shaped our lives today.

1. Charles Darwin was a famous scientist who lived in the 1800s. What was his most famous theory?
[ ] That dinosaurs made the planet
[ ] That man evolved from ape ancestors
[ ] That spacemen built all the countries
[ ] That the whole planet is made from chocolate
2. Sir Isaac Newton famously 'discovered' gravity. He also built the first....
[ ] Aluminium spaceship
[ ] Golden apple
[ ] Reflecting telescope
[ ] Fully working fairground ride
3. Alexander Graham Bell was a Scottish scientist who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone. What was the first thing he said on the 'phone?
[ ] What time is it please?
[ ] To whom am I speaking?
[ ] Can I call you later?
[ ] Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you
4. Rosalind Franklin was a female English scientist who made great contributions to the study of what?
[ ] PPI
[ ] DNA
[ ] RADAR
[ ] LOL
5. Edward Jenner developed a scientific first which has saved many lives. What was it?
[ ] The world's first vaccination
[ ] The postage stamp
[ ] The weighing scale
[ ] The frying pan
6. Alexander Fleming discovered something which saved countless lives. What was it?
[ ] The life buoy
[ ] The airbag
[ ] The traffic light
[ ] Penicillin
7. Although The Countess of Lovelace was born in 1815, she is recognised as the world's first...
[ ] female astronaut
[ ] 100m sprint champion
[ ] female sea captain
[ ] computer programmer
8. Tim Berners-Lee is a computer scientist who invented something nearly everyone uses. What was it?
[ ] The World Wide Web
[ ] The shopping bag
[ ] The computer keyboard
[ ] The computer mouse
9. Dr Brian Cox is a physicist who used to have a very different job. What was it?
[ ] A traffic warden
[ ] A keyboard player in a band
[ ] A police officer
[ ] A shop keeper
10. Dr Stephen Hawking is a brilliant scientist who wrote a famous book. What is it called?
[ ] A Long Version of Events
[ ] A Brief History of Time
[ ] A Quick Round Up of Information
[ ] A Short Explanation of History
KS1 History Quiz - British Scientists (Answers)
1. Charles Darwin was a famous scientist who lived in the 1800s. What was his most famous theory?
[ ] That dinosaurs made the planet
[x] That man evolved from ape ancestors
[ ] That spacemen built all the countries
[ ] That the whole planet is made from chocolate
Many people did not believe his theory at first
2. Sir Isaac Newton famously 'discovered' gravity. He also built the first....
[ ] Aluminium spaceship
[ ] Golden apple
[x] Reflecting telescope
[ ] Fully working fairground ride
He also devised a very clever theory about how colour is seen by our eyes
3. Alexander Graham Bell was a Scottish scientist who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone. What was the first thing he said on the 'phone?
[ ] What time is it please?
[ ] To whom am I speaking?
[ ] Can I call you later?
[x] Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you
Mr Watson was Alexander's assistant at the time
4. Rosalind Franklin was a female English scientist who made great contributions to the study of what?
[ ] PPI
[x] DNA
[ ] RADAR
[ ] LOL
DNA is the material that carries all the information about how a living thing will look and function
5. Edward Jenner developed a scientific first which has saved many lives. What was it?
[x] The world's first vaccination
[ ] The postage stamp
[ ] The weighing scale
[ ] The frying pan
Jenner is often referred to as 'The Father of Immunology'
6. Alexander Fleming discovered something which saved countless lives. What was it?
[ ] The life buoy
[ ] The airbag
[ ] The traffic light
[x] Penicillin
Alexander discovered this amazing drug by accident!
7. Although The Countess of Lovelace was born in 1815, she is recognised as the world's first...
[ ] female astronaut
[ ] 100m sprint champion
[ ] female sea captain
[x] computer programmer
She wrote what is recognised as the first algorithm intended to be carried out by a machine, or in other words, a computer programme
8. Tim Berners-Lee is a computer scientist who invented something nearly everyone uses. What was it?
[x] The World Wide Web
[ ] The shopping bag
[ ] The computer keyboard
[ ] The computer mouse
His early system for the web was invented and used in 1989
9. Dr Brian Cox is a physicist who used to have a very different job. What was it?
[ ] A traffic warden
[x] A keyboard player in a band
[ ] A police officer
[ ] A shop keeper
Dr Cox often appears on TV programmes and makes complicated science much easier to understand
10. Dr Stephen Hawking is a brilliant scientist who wrote a famous book. What is it called?
[ ] A Long Version of Events
[x] A Brief History of Time
[ ] A Quick Round Up of Information
[ ] A Short Explanation of History
Dr Hawking has motor neurone disease and is confined to a wheelchair but continues to work and is considered the greatest scientist since Einstein