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Parents fail test for seven-year-olds; SURVEY REVEALS MUM AND DAD DON'T ALWAYS KNOW BEST.

A SURVEY has found that more than half of parents cannot successfully complete their children's homework.

Though mums and dads have been a source of help for generations of youngsters, 59percent failed to achieve a 40percent pass mark in a mock exam.

The survey was conducted by Amazon.co.uk, which set questions designed for National Curriculum Key Stage Two pupils aged between seven and 11.

Of 1,000 people questioned, the average adult score was just four out of 10, with no-one achieving a perfect mark.

Fewer than one in six achieved 70percent or above and only one percent answered nine out of 10 correctly.

The test, consisting of 10 randomly selected Key Stage Two questions, covered science, maths and history.

Fifty-five per cent of adults incorrectly thought Julius Caesar was the last king of Rome and just one in four knew that the Roman empire had been in existence for 700 years by the time Julius Caesar tried to invade Britain in 55 BC.

Donna Rossignol, general manager at Amazon.co.uk said: "Parents are one of the first places kids turn to when seeking help with their schoolwork but the results of this research show that some parents could perhaps do with some assistance in helping their kids learn!"

How would you do if your children asked for help with their homework? Try these Key Stage 2 sample questions

1: Which of these properties applies only to solids?

A. Keep their shape

B. Take the shape of their container

C. Flow easily

D. Can be squashed into a smaller volume

E. Are invisible

2: Magnetism is a force that can be measured in which of the following units?

A. Kilograms

B. Newton meters

C. Metres

D. Newtons

3: Which of the following metals would both be attracted to a magnet?

A. Copper and tin

B. Copper and aluminium

C. Lead and iron

D. Iron and mild steel

4: The sun appears to move across the sky moving from east to west. Why is this?

A. Earth spins on its axis

B. Earth orbits the sun

C. The moon orbits Earth

5: There are 365 days in one year. Why is this?

A. Earth spins on its axis

B. Earth spins on its axis and orbits the sun

C. The moon orbits Earth

D. Earth orbits the sun

6: Which of the following is not a source of light?

A. A glow-worm

B. A star

C. The moon

D. Car headlamp

7: Sometimes planets do make their own light. Which of the following could not be a source of light on a planet?

A. A cold, shiny surface

B. Lightning

C. Red hot lava from a volcano

D. A rocket flame when taking off

8: A number that is formed by multiplying a number by itself is called a ...

A. Prime number

B. Square number

C. Cube number

D. Triangle number

9: The last king of Rome was called ...

A. Romulus

B. Tarquin the Proud

C. Julius Caesar

10: For roughly how long had Rome already existed by the time Julius Caesar tried to invade Britain in 55 BC?

A. 100 years

B. 300 years

C. 700 years

D. 400 years

Answers: 1, A; 2, D; 3, D; 4, A; 5, B; 6, C; 7, A; 8, B; 9, B; 10, C
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