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Explorers and Travellers
The Sioux Nation hunted bison for a living.

Explorers and Travellers

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 how explorers, tribes, armies and peoples have travelled around the world.

How explorers, tribes, armies and peoples have travelled the world is a broad subject covering individual pursuits, conquests and how migration has changed how and where people have lived over time. From Roman legions to the space age - this quiz has it all!

1.
The Norwegian, Fridtjof Nansen, was the first man to cross Greenland's ice cap and the Arctic Ocean. He sailed further north than anyone had been before. What was named after him?
A brand of fizzy drink
A meteor
A soft toy
A snow shoe
He was brave but not reckless - he never lost either a single man or major piece of equipment
2.
Yuri Gagarin was a famous Russian traveller. He was the first human to do what?
To cross the Atlantic Ocean
To walk across America
To go into space
To walk on stilts
His journey started the space race between nations to place the first man on the moon
3.
The Vikings were fearsome seafarers who raided and traded across Europe. What does everyone think they wore, which they probably did not?
Silk pyjamas
Spotted pants
Lacey shawls
Horned helmets
Some tribes in the Iron age wore horned helmets but there is no evidence that the Vikings did
4.
What are nomads?
People who like to wear wool
Men who are called Norman
Communities who live in different locations
Boys who won't do as they're told
Some nomadic tribes move from place to place in order for their animals to find food
5.
Ibn Battuta was a great Muslim explorer who covered more than 120,000 kilometres on his travels. Which of the following did not happen to him?
He hid in a swamp
He was attacked by pirates
He was held hostage
He rode on a unicorn
He travelled through what would be 44 different countries today
6.
The Sioux Nation is a large group of Native American tribes who were nomads. Why?
They liked a change of scenery
They tracked and hunted bison to live
They were on the run
They didn't get along with many people
The Sioux lived in teepees made from long wooden poles and covered with bison hides
7.
The Roman Army was famous for marching its troops long distances every day. How far could they be made to march?
Up to 400 miles
Up to 4 miles
Up to 10 miles
Up to 40 miles
They would do this wearing heavy kit and without complaint
8.
Marco Polo led expeditions all over the world. He introduced people from Europe to which part of the world?
Greece and the Mediterranean
Central Asia and China
America
France and Germany
He wrote a book about his many adventures and discoveries
9.
Captain Cook discovered more of the earth's surface than anyone else. Where did he die?
Finland
Hawaii
Australia
Antarctica
He was a very bad-tempered man and once ate stew made from the ship's dog!
10.
A people from Eastern Europe travelled west and helped to overthrow the Roman Empire. What were they called?
Teddy Boys
Rockers
Mods
Goths
The word 'Goth' today is used to describe someone who dresses in a particular style, usually in black
Author:  Angela Smith

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