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Ships and Boats

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 boats, ships, ports and harbours, and how they are used to import and export goods by sea. It is one of 50 quizzes to help you understand the world around you.

We live on islands. The two main islands are called Great Britain and Ireland. So we are surrounded by sea. How can we go abroad? We can fly to get to other countries. Or we can go through the Channel Tunnel to France. Or we can take a ferry. A ferry is a boat that carries cars, lorries and people. Big ships bring, or import, food, oil and lots of goods, like computers, to us from other countries. We send, or export, goods we have made to other countries in ships. What else can we find out about how ships and boats are used?

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Ships and boats are used for import and export, but also for fun!

  1. Sam’s uncle likes to go sailing. He owns a _____.
    Small yachts are called dinghies
  2. A ship is taking brand new cars from Britain to Germany. Which sea does it cross?
    Goods made in Britain that are going to other countries are called exports
  3. A ship is bringing computers and televisions from China to Britain. Which continent does the ship sail from?
    Goods coming in to Britain are called imports
  4. Small fishing boats and yachts sail from ________.
    Is there a small harbour near where you live?
  5. A big ship has just arrived in the port of Liverpool. It ties up in a ____.
    Which sea is Liverpool on? - The Irish Sea
  6. Ships sail into and out of _____.
    Southampton is a very big port in the south of England
  7. Oil is brought to Britain in really big ships. They are called _______.
    Have you ever seen an oil tanker in real life?
  8. What type of boat carries cars, lorries and people?
    Have you ever been on a ferry?
  9. Sam's grandma and grandpa are going on holiday. They are sailing round the Mediterranean. What sort of ship are they sailing on?
    Have any of your family ever been on a cruise?
  10. Sam and his family go for a sail on a canal. They go on a _____.
    Barges are also called narrow-boats. Is there a canal near where you live?

Author: David Bland

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