Global studies

Throughout the school, our approach to the humanities - history, geography and PRE - is theme-based and takes on a global perspective. This is an exciting development which enables pupils to learn about major global themes through the skills of the three disciplines with an holistic view to help them engage with the world in which we live.

For an outline of the Global Studies curriculum by year group, please see our Curriculum Guides.




This area is being developed.

Geography - The Essentials


 Eathquakes and Volcanoes

 OS Map Skills


 Weather and Climate

 Weather and Climate of the British Isles - Quick Revision Sheet

 Practice questions on Population and Settlement

 Practice questions on Transport and Industry

 Population and Settlement

 Transport and Industry

 Farming (for Ipswich scholars only)

Year 4 Colchester Map Guidance

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Key Terminology

 General Terminology

 Plate Tectonics Terminology

 River Terminolgy

 Coast Terminology

 Weather and Climate Terminology

 Settlement and Urbanisation Terminology

 Economic and Industry Terminolgy

Scholarship Essay Plans

 CASE Section A Earthquakes 

 CASE Section B Economic Geography

 CASE Secion B Globalisation

 CASE Section B Rainfall and Flooding

 CASE Section B Settlement

 CASE Section B Sustainable Development

 CASE Section B Weather and Climate

 Global Warming (Harrow)

Useful Websites  Years
7 & 8

A general website covering a multitude of Geography topics – it has links to videos and

PowerPoint presentations.

7 & 8 An excellent library of short video clips on a wealth of topics – just type in the topic you want. All Year Groups
Quick revision notes and tests – appropriate for Common Entrance and Scholarship. Years
7 & 8

Another video based site – just type in a key word (e.g. Earthquakes) and the site will produce a list of short (usually 5 minutes) video films to watch.

Good for Science and other subjects too.

4, 5, 6,
7 & 8
Some of the Department’s Schemes of Work incorporate Barnaby Bear’s travels. Years
1, 2, 3,
4 & 5

Essentially a links based website – all the topics for Common Entrance and Scholarship are covered. Years
6, 7 & 8 

 This site has great map based games.  It is suitable for all ages. All Year Groups

 Philosophy, Religion & Ethics

 For an outline of the PRE curriculum by year group, please see our Curriculum Guides.
At Holmwood House we cover many different religions.  They include:
  • Christianity
  • Judaism
  • Islam
  • Sikhism
  • Buddhism
  • Hinduism

We also cover contemporary issues:

  • World poverty and environmental issues
  • Stewardship of the earth
  • Inequality in the world
  • Christian response to poverty
  • Religious prejudice and the media
  • Disability
  • Birth, marriage, infertility and death
  • Euthanasia

The PRE department works closely with the Science, Music, Drama, English, PSHCE and ICT departments.    


Parents can click here to see RS videos created by Holmwood pupils on their iPads.