Thursday saw a very exciting culmination of a whole half term’s geography focus. Twelve very brave children took it in turns to sit in the black chair and be bombarded by some very tough questions. I think we can all agree that our contestants did themselves proud.

Many of the children have been asking me if they could see the questions that were used and some that were written but were never asked. It would be fun to play along at home. How many can Dad answer in 90 seconds? Do let me know how you get on!

Year 1 Set A 

  1. What is the capital of Scotland?
  2. What is the capital of England?
  3. Which city are we nearest to?
  4. Name a village next to Keyworth. 
  5. What are the three colours of the Welsh flag?
  6. Which country’s flag is a red cross on a white background?
  7. Which of the countries in the United kingdom has the most people living in it?
  8. Which country in the United Kingdom has a flag with a hand on it?
  9. Where would you find Ben Nevis?
  10. Name the river that flows through Nottingham.
  11. Which country would you be in if you were in New York? 
  12. If I were in England and I drove North which country would I get to?
  13. Which season comes after Summer?
  14. In which city is Trafalgar Square?
  15. Name a football club in Nottingham. 

Year 1 Set B

  1. What is the capital city of Wales?
  2. What is the capital city of Northern Ireland?
  3. What is the biggest city in Leicestershire?
  4. Is Tollerton a city, town or village?
  5. What are the colours of the Scottish flag?
  6. Which country’s flag has a dragon on it?
  7. Which of the countries in the United Kingdom has the least people living there?
  8.  Which country in the United Kingdom has the most islands?
  9. Where would you find Big Ben? 
  10. What is the biggest mountain in Wales called?
  11. Which country would you be in if you were in Paris?
  12. If you paid for your dinner in Spain, you wouldn’t pay with pounds, you’d pay with….
  13. If I were in Wales and I drove East, which country would I get to? 
  14. Which season comes after Winter?
  15. What is the biggest country in the world?

Year 2 Set A

  1. In which country would you find Edinburgh?
  2. If you were driving past Newcastle on the A1, which giant sculpture by Anthony Gormly might you be able to see?
  3. What is the national sport of Wales?
  4. Name a megacity – with a population of over ten million. 
  5. Name one of the main islands of Japan.
  6. What colour is a Scottish five pound note?
  7. Which continent is missing? North America, South America, Europe, Australia, Asia, Antarctica 
  8. Which Ocean is missing? Indian, Pacific, Arctic, Southern
  9. What would you expect the weather to be like on the Equator?
  10. In the middle of winter, in the Arctic Circle,  what would be missing from the sky?
  11. What is the opposite direction to North?
  12. What would you expect to find floating in a harbour?
  13. Why might a person living in the Arctic Circle leave their car doors unlocked?
  14. What is the currency in most countries in Europe?
  15. What was the favourite weapon of a Samurai? 

Year 2 Set B

  1. Which country would you find Cardiff in?
  2. Japan is sometimes called the land of the rising ______? 
  3. What is the biggest city in the UK?
  4. What is the national sport of Japan?
  5. Which two colours feature on the flag of Japan?
  6. What is 3,776m above sea level and can be seen from Tokyo?
  7. Where would you find the Giant’s Causeway?
  8. Which continent is missing? North America, South America, Australia, Asia, Antarctica
  9. What would you expect the weather to be like in the Arctic Circle?
  10. Why would a polar bear never meet a penguin in the wild?
  11. What is the opposite direction to East?
  12. Why might children practice sitting under desks in Japan?
  13. What is the currency in Japan?
  14. In which country are you most likely to see a man wearing a kilt?
  15. What is capable of travelling through the Japanese countryside at speeds of 200mph? 

Year 3 Set A

  1. The United Kingdom has a population of 66 million. Which of the home nations has a population of 56 million? 
  2. Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, name another Scottish city?
  3. What is the M1?
  4. Which of the home nations flag features a St Andrew’s cross on a blue background? 
  5. Which of the English counties has the most beaches?
  6. Name the person shown on the flag for Nottinghamshire.
  7. In which home nation is the Isle of Wight?
  8. Which county is Stafford in?
  9. Which county is Mansfield in? 
  10. What is the name of the sea between England and France? 
  11. Name the only county that borders Cornwall. 
  12. What is the name of the river that flows through Newcastle in the North of England?
  13. In which country would you find the Cambrian mountains?
  14. In which country would you climb Slieve Donard? 
  15. In which city might you find Paddington Station? 

Year 3 Set B

  1. The United Kingdom has a population of 66 million. Which of the countries of the United Kingdom has a population of less than 2 million? 
  2. Cardiff is the capital of Wales. Name a different city that is in Wales. 
  3. Where can you find the Houses of Parliament?
  4. Which of the home nation’s flags has a St George’s cross on a white background?
  5. What is Scafell Pike?
  6. Which two colours are on the Cornish flag?
  7. In which UK nation is the isle of Anglesey?
  8. Which county is Warwick in?
  9. Name a city in Cornwall.
  10. Where would you find Smeaton’s Lighthouse?
  11. Name a county that borders Nottinghamshire.  
  12. What is the name of the river that flows through London?
  13. What is the name of the longest river in the United Kingdom? 
  14. In which country would you find the Grampian mountains?
  15. In which country does the Pennine Way begin?

Year 4 Set A

  1. Which continent is north of Africa?
  2. In which continent can you find Canada?
  3. In which continent can you find Peru?
  4. Name the largest sandy desert in the world. 
  5. What is the highest mountain in the Himalayas?
  6. What is deforestation?
  7. Name the capital city of the USA.
  8. Name a country which borders Brazil. 
  9. In which continent would you find the South Pole?
  10. In which continent would you find China?
  11. What is a glacier? 
  12. Which country has the greatest population?
  13. Where would you find Berlin?
  14. The Channel Tunnel links which two countries?
  15. Turkey is in two continents, one of them is Europe, which is the other? 

Year 4 Set B

  1. Which continent would you find south of Africa?
  2. In which continent can you find Argentina?
  3. Name a country that borders Mexico. 
  4. Name the largest rainforest in the world. 
  5. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in which continent?
  6. What is the name of the longest river that flows through Egypt? 
  7. Name the capital city of Brazil. 
  8. Name a country which can be found in the Arctic circle. 
  9. Name a country that shares a border with Argentina. 
  10. What is the main language spoken in Brazil?
  11. What is the name of the ocean that surrounds the North Pole?
  12. Russia is the largest country in the world, which country is the second largest?
  13. Madrid is in which country?
  14. Ordem e progresso is written on the flag of which country? 

Year 5 Set A

  1. Lisbon is the capital city of which country?
  2. What is the capital city of Belgium? 
  3. Which country’s flag has a yellow scandinavian cross on a blue background?
  4. Mt Blanc is the highest mountain in Western Europe. One of the approaches is from France, the other would be from which country? 
  5. The Tropic of Cancer is found in which hemisphere? 
  6. In a volcano, where is the magma stored under the earth’s crust?
  7. What weather phenomenon occurs when a volcanic ash mixes with clouds?
  8. Where does magma travel through before eruption?
  9. Name a country that borders Finland. 
  10. If I drove east from Estonia which country would I get to?
  11. Where might you find the Brandenburg Gate? 
  12. The Dead sea has ten times more of what in it than normal seawater? 
  13. If I sailed across the sea from Norway to England, which sea would I cross?
  14. In which country would you find people speaking Sicillian? 
  15. Which city in Finland hosted the 1952 Summer Olympic Games?

Year 5 Set B

  1. Which tropic passes through Australia? 
  2. What is the name of the scale used to measure the strength of earthquakes?
  3. Measuring 9.5 on the Richter Scale, which country saw the world’s most powerful earthquake in 1960?
  4. What temperature would you expect Magma to be in (degrees C)?
  5. The eruption of Krakatoa was one of the deadliest volcanic explosions in our history and could be heard in Australia. In which country is Krakatoa?
  6. Warsaw is the capital of which country?
  7. What is the capital city of Norway?
  8. Belgium’s flag has the same three colours as which other European nation?
  9. If you drove between Florence and Milan, which country would you be in?
  10. Which country in the European Union has the greatest population?
  11. Nordkapp is the furthest north that mainland Europe extends to. Which country is it in?
  12. Which country would you be in if you were in Vienna?
  13. If I sailed from France to Tunisia, which sea would I cross?
  14. In which country would you find people speaking Catalan? 
  15. Which city in Sweden hosted the 1912 Olympic games?

Year 6 Set A

  1. Which country in Africa has the greatest population?
  2. In which country would you find the Mississippi river?
  3. The island nation of Sri Lanka is found in which Ocean?
  4. Which flag is not the shape of a rectangle? 
  5. Which country stretches across 11 different time zones?
  6. Which continent might I find the Gobi Desert in?
  7. Gangkhar Puensum is the tallest unclimbed mountain in the world. It is located on the border between Bhutan and which other country?
  8. What is the symbol for a place of worship on an Ordnance Survey Map?
  9. Is St Mary Magdalene in Keyworth church situated at 8m, 80m or 800m above sea level? 
  10. If I drove south from Denmark, which country would I end up in?
  11. In which continent would you find the most people?
  12. China is the most populous nation in the world with an estimated 1.4 billion people. Which country has an estimated 1.3 billion people?
  13. If I sailed north from Greenland, which Ocean would I end up in?
  14. Tasmania is part of which country?
  15. What is the Mariana Trench? 

Year 6 Set B

  1. Which country in South America has the greatest population?
  2. In which country would you find the Yang-tze river?
  3. The US state of Hawaii is surrounded by which Ocean?
  4. The flag of Mexico features an eagle biting which animal? 
  5. The United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and two other European countries use Greenwich Mean Time. Name one of them. 
  6. In which continent would I find the Congo rainforest? 
  7. In the middle of the Australian desert, Uluru is a large lump of sandstone but what is it more commonly known as?
  8. Lake Windermere is in the Lake District, in which National Park would you find Mam Tor?
  9. On an Ordnance Survey map, how many schools are in Keyworth?
  10. What is the total area of a single square formed by the blue gridlines on an Ordnance Survey map? 
  11. In which continent would you find not a single city?
  12. At the straight of Dover between France and England, is the English Channel 2.1 miles wide, 21 miles wide or 210 miles wide?
  13. Kim Jong-un is the Supreme leader of which country? 
  14. Name a country that borders Mongolia.