KS1 History Quiz - Travel - Past and Present (Questions)

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!

1. In the middle ages, most roads were just tracks. How did most people get around?
[ ] In a car
[ ] On horseback
[ ] By train
[ ] On rollerskates
2. What first became available to hire in London in 1605?
[ ] Hand carts
[ ] Ponies
[ ] Walking shoes
[ ] Horse-drawn carriages
3. 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
4. In 1804, Richard Trevithick built the first steam powered what?
[ ] Microwave
[ ] Washing machine
[ ] Clothes press
[ ] Locomotive
5. The first passenger rail line was built between Stockton and which other town?
[ ] London
[ ] Edinburgh
[ ] Cardiff
[ ] Darlington
6. In 1878, Karl Benz invented the first real engine-powered what?
[ ] Plane
[ ] Ship
[ ] Train
[ ] Car
7. 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
8. 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
9. 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
10. 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
KS1 History Quiz - Travel - Past and Present (Answers)
1. In the middle ages, most roads were just tracks. How did most people get around?
[ ] In a car
[x] On horseback
[ ] By train
[ ] On rollerskates
If you couldn't afford to own a horse, you walked
2. What first became available to hire in London in 1605?
[ ] Hand carts
[ ] Ponies
[ ] Walking shoes
[x] Horse-drawn carriages
These were the very first taxis!
3. By the 18th Century, most wealthy people travelled in what?
[ ] A broken hand cart
[x] A comfortable horse-drawn coach
[ ] A rickshaw
[ ] A miniature steam engine
Coaches had glass windows and comfortable seating for those inside
4. In 1804, Richard Trevithick built the first steam powered what?
[ ] Microwave
[ ] Washing machine
[ ] Clothes press
[x] Locomotive
He built it to win a bet!
5. The first passenger rail line was built between Stockton and which other town?
[ ] London
[ ] Edinburgh
[ ] Cardiff
[x] Darlington
The line was built for coal trains but it soon made profit by transporting people too
6. In 1878, Karl Benz invented the first real engine-powered what?
[ ] Plane
[ ] Ship
[ ] Train
[x] Car
His wife, Bertha, took the world's first road trip to prove it worked!
7. When early motor cars took to the roads, what sometimes happened?
[x] 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!
8. 1961 saw a first in transport. What was it?
[ ] The first time machine
[ ] The first jet-powered roller skates
[ ] The first hoverboard
[x] The first manned space flight
The name of the Russian astronaut on board was Yuri Gagarin
9. 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
[x] Being the fastest road car
It reached speeds of just over 270 miles per hour
10. The double-deck A380 is the largest commercial aircraft to date. How many people can it carry?
[x] 853 people
[ ] 583 people
[ ] 335 people
[ ] 83 people
The plane is enormous and requires a lot of staff and fuel