A Watery Planet - Oceans, Lakes And Rivers

This quiz addresses part of the requirements of the National Curriculum KS1 for children aged 5 and 6 in years 1 and 2 in Geography. Specifically it looks at water features found on Earth, such as oceans, seas, lakes and rivers. It is one of 50 quizzes to help you understand the world around you.

More of the Earth is covered by water than by land. Nearly all this water is in seas and oceans. But some of the water is in lakes and rivers. Sea water is salty. It is sometimes called brine. The water in lakes and rivers is called freshwater. Freshwater is not salty. Let’s learn a bit more about the water found on our planet.

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Most of the Earth is covered by oceans. What else have you found out about water? Let's see!

  1. Which one of these rivers runs through China?
    The Yangtze is the third longest river in the world
  2. The water in lakes and rivers is not salty. It is called __________.
    Freshwater is not always clean
  3. Last year, Sam went for a sail with his family on Windermere. Windermere is in Cumbria, in the north of England.

    This year, they were in Scotland. They went for a sail on Loch Lomond.

    Windermere and Loch Lomond are both _____.
    The Scottish word for a lake is loch. In Ireland it is lough (sounds like loch). In Wales it is llyn
  4. The River Severn flows into the Bristol Channel. Where it meets the sea is called the Severn _______.
    In Scotland, there are big estuaries called firths. Can you find these four firths on a map of Scotland? - Firth of Clyde, Firth of Forth, Firth of Tay, and Solway Firth
  5. What is the name for a very small river?
    Streams run into rivers
  6. Here are four describing words. Which one is a good word for seawater?
    Salty seawater is sometimes called brine
  7. Which big river runs through Brazil?
    The Amazon is one of the longest rivers in the world
  8. What are really big seas called?
    What are the names of the 5 oceans?
  9. Which big river runs through Egypt?
    Can you trace the route of the Nile right through Africa on a map? Where does it start? Where does it reach the sea?
  10. What is another name for a stream?
    In Scotland another word for a stream is burn. In some parts of the north of England it is burn or beck

Author: David Bland

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