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Travel - Past and Present
When cars were first invented a man had to walk in front of them waving a flag to warn people one was coming!

Travel - Past and Present

This quiz addresses the requirements of the National Curriculum KS1 for children aged 5, 6 and 7 in years 1 and 2. Specifically this quiz is aimed at the section dealing with developing an understanding of differences between the past and the present.

One way for children to get an understanding of the differences between the past and the present is to look at travel. From travelling by foot to the latest super cars, the way we travel has changed a lot. Advances in technology have helped us arrive faster and in comfort and have also made international travel affordable for most people. When they have an understanding of how our ancestors had to get around, young people may appreciate modern transport a little bit more!

In the Middle Ages, most roads were just tracks. How did most people get around?
In a car
On horseback
By train
On rollerskates
If you couldn't afford to own a horse, you walked
What first became available to hire in London in 1605?
Hand carts
Walking shoes
Horse-drawn carriages
These were the very first taxis!
In 1804, Richard Trevithick built the first steam powered what?
Washing machine
Clothes press
He built it to win a bet!
By the 18th Century, most wealthy people travelled in what?
A broken hand cart
A comfortable horse-drawn coach
A rickshaw
A miniature steam engine
Coaches had glass windows and comfortable seating for those inside
1961 saw a first in transport. What was it?
The first time machine
The first jet-powered roller skates
The first hoverboard
The first manned space flight
The name of the Russian astronaut on board was Yuri Gagarin
When early motor cars took to the roads, what sometimes happened?
A man walked in front with a flag
The driver had to wear a special hat
The passenger had to sound a horn
The spare wheel was used as a warning device
The cars were so rare, someone had to warn other road users one was coming!
The first passenger rail line was built between Stockton and which other town?
The line was built for coal trains but it soon made profit by transporting people too
In 1878, Karl Benz invented the first real engine-powered what?
His wife, Bertha, took the world's first road trip to prove it worked!
The double-deck A380 is the largest commercial aircraft to date. How many people can it carry?
853 people
583 people
335 people
83 people
The plane is enormous and requires a lot of staff and fuel
The Hennessey Venom GT is a super car noted for doing what?
Looking really good in magazines
Coming in a range of colours
Costing less than £100
Being the fastest road car
It reached speeds of just over 270 miles per hour
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Changes through time

Author:  Angela Smith

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