KS1 Science Quiz - Forces - Machines (Questions)

This quiz addresses the requirements of the National Curriculum KS1 Science for children aged 5 and 6 in years 1 and 2. Specifically this quiz is aimed at the section dealing with forces that power machines.

In science you learn about how things work. You will have studied forces that make things move. Machines are things that do jobs for us - they work for us. But what forces make machines go? How are machines powered? Some have engines and some have motors. Some get their power from the wind or water. In this quiz you will look at machines of all sorts. Do they have engines? Do they have motors? How do they work?

1. What do most cars need to make them go?
[ ] Wood
[ ] Coal
[ ] Petrol or diesel
[ ] Grass
2. The bonnet is at the front of the car. What is under the bonnet?
[ ] An engine
[ ] A computer
[ ] A cooker
[ ] A rocket
3. This train does not use petrol or diesel. This train uses __________ to make it go.
[ ] Electricity
[ ] Water
[ ] Wind
[ ] Coal
4. What makes the plane go?
[ ] Cookers
[ ] Engines
[ ] Boilers
[ ] Ovens
5. Maria’s Mum is putting clothes into the washing machine. She will then turn on the washing machine. What makes the washing machine work?
[ ] Electricity
[ ] Petrol
[ ] Coal
[ ] Diesel
6. This is a food-mixer. What makes the food-mixer go?
[ ] Eggs
[ ] Flour
[ ] Food
[ ] Electricity
7. This is a lawnmower. It has an engine to make the blades of the lawnmower go round. What makes the engine work?
[ ] Petrol
[ ] Grass
[ ] Food
[ ] Sunshine
8. This motorbike has an engine. What makes this motorbike engine go?
[ ] Batteries
[ ] Petrol
[ ] Plastic
[ ] Metal
9. Many older people find it hard to walk. They often have a mobility scooter. Here is a mobility scooter. What makes the mobility scooter go?
[ ] Petrol
[ ] Diesel
[ ] Electric batteries
[ ] Clockwork
10. Tom is riding his bike. The bike has not got an engine. The bike has not got an electric motor. What makes the bike go?
[ ] Batteries
[ ] Petrol
[ ] Clockwork
[ ] Tom pedalling
KS1 Science Quiz - Forces - Machines (Answers)
1. What do most cars need to make them go?
[ ] Wood
[ ] Coal
[x] Petrol or diesel
[ ] Grass
A few cars run on electricity, but most cars run on petrol or diesel
2. The bonnet is at the front of the car. What is under the bonnet?
[x] An engine
[ ] A computer
[ ] A cooker
[ ] A rocket
The engine makes the wheels go round
3. This train does not use petrol or diesel. This train uses __________ to make it go.
[x] Electricity
[ ] Water
[ ] Wind
[ ] Coal
The electricity comes from the wires above the train
4. What makes the plane go?
[ ] Cookers
[x] Engines
[ ] Boilers
[ ] Ovens
This plane has how many engines?
5. Maria’s Mum is putting clothes into the washing machine. She will then turn on the washing machine. What makes the washing machine work?
[x] Electricity
[ ] Petrol
[ ] Coal
[ ] Diesel
The washing machine is powered by an electric motor. That’s what makes it go round
6. This is a food-mixer. What makes the food-mixer go?
[ ] Eggs
[ ] Flour
[ ] Food
[x] Electricity
Like the washing machine, the food-mixer is powered by an electric motor
7. This is a lawnmower. It has an engine to make the blades of the lawnmower go round. What makes the engine work?
[x] Petrol
[ ] Grass
[ ] Food
[ ] Sunshine
Do you have a lawn? Who mows your lawn?
8. This motorbike has an engine. What makes this motorbike engine go?
[ ] Batteries
[x] Petrol
[ ] Plastic
[ ] Metal
The engine is made of metal, but it needs petrol to make it work
9. Many older people find it hard to walk. They often have a mobility scooter. Here is a mobility scooter. What makes the mobility scooter go?
[ ] Petrol
[ ] Diesel
[x] Electric batteries
[ ] Clockwork
The electric batteries can be recharged
10. Tom is riding his bike. The bike has not got an engine. The bike has not got an electric motor. What makes the bike go?
[ ] Batteries
[ ] Petrol
[ ] Clockwork
[x] Tom pedalling
Not everything has engines and motors. Sometimes you have to do the hard work yourself!