What Is It? - Grouping Things On Maps

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 categories or groups of things that might be found on maps. It is one of 50 quizzes to help you understand the world around you.

In geography you have found that there are lots of different places in the world. Some are hot and hilly, others are cold and flat. Some have lots of tall buildings, others are rural and spread out. In geography, just as in science, it is good to put things into categories. This also helps when you draw maps. On a map, all woods and forests are coloured green, for example. In this quiz you need to decide which groups or categories different things belong to.

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All of the things in this quiz might be found on maps, but which groups do they belong to? Can you get them all right?

  1. Tom is writing a list in geography. He gets to three things on his list, then he gets stuck.

    Here is Tom’s list:


    Can you help Tom? Which one of these could Tom add to his list?
    All the things on Tom’s list are found along the coast
  2. Adil has been doing a survey. With his teacher, Adil did the survey on the road outside his school. Here are his results:

    Cars 10
    Buses 2
    Motorbikes 3
    Lorries 2

    What was Adil counting?
    Which vehicle was commonest on the road outside Adil’s school?
  3. Lakes, rivers, seas and oceans all have something in common. What is it?
    Test yourself - can you name the 5 oceans of the world?
  4. Sam is also making a list. Sam’s list includes:


    Which group is Sam’s list made up of?
    There are lots of different countries. Can you name three more countries around the world?
  5. Amazon, Nile, Mississippi, Danube. What are these?
    Can you find the River Danube on a map of Europe?
  6. Jack is making a list. All the names on Jack’s list have something in common. They are in a group. Here is Jack’s list:

    Block of flats

    Which group do they belong to?
    What other buildings could Jack add to his list?
  7. Katie is making a list in geography. Here is her list:


    What group is this?
    Are you learning a language at school? What is it?
  8. Ella is also writing down a list. Here is Ella’s list:

    New York

    Which group do these belong to?
    What other big cities could Ella add to her list?
  9. Sam is looking in an atlas. He is looking at a map of Europe.

    All the big cities are marked with a black circle. All the capital cities are marked with a black square.

    Madrid is marked with a black square. What sort of city is Madrid?
    Madrid is the capital city of which country?
  10. Harry’s teacher asks Harry to make a list of types of road. Harry writes down four things. But his teacher says only one of the four is a road. Which one is it?
    Here are three more that Harry could write down as types of road - street, lane, dual-carriageway

Author: David Bland

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