The British Isles

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 the nations and islands of the British Isles. It is one of 50 quizzes to help you understand the world around you.

We live on two islands, Great Britain and Ireland. There are two countries - the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. There are also some smaller islands. Altogether, we live in the British Isles. The British Isles are just off the north-west coast of the main continent of Europe. In school you will have found out about the British Isles. You will also have found out about the nations of the British Isles. See how much you know already.

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Do you know all the nations and islands that make up the British Isles? Let's find out!

  1. What islands do we live on?
    Isles is another word for islands
  2. Which is the largest island in the British Isles?
    Great Britain is made up of England, Scotland and Wales
  3. Great Britain is the largest island in the British Isles. What is the next largest?
    Ireland is made up of the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland
  4. Great Britain is made up of three nations - England, Scotland and Wales. Which is the largest nation in Great Britain?
    England stretches from Northumberland in the north-east to Cornwall in the south-west
  5. Which country lies due north of England?
    Scotland includes a lot of islands, like Skye, Mull and the Shetland Islands
  6. Which nation lies due west of England?
    The Welsh name for Wales is Cymru
  7. Which region of Ireland is part of the United Kingdom?
    Belfast is the largest city in Northern Ireland
  8. Dublin is the capital city of this country. Which country is it?
    Cork is the next biggest city in the Republic of Ireland
  9. This small island is in the middle of the Irish Sea.
    Can you point at the Isle of Man on a map of the British Isles?
  10. These islands are closer to France than to Great Britain. They are just off the north coast of France. But they are British, not French. What are these islands called?
    The two main Channel Islands are called Jersey and Guernsey

Author: David Bland

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