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

Young Geographer of the Year 2018 Competition

Each year the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and Geographical (a leading journal for geography) run a national competition for pupils aged between 9 and 18, which encourages students to engage with a specific geographical topic. 

The topic for this year is the Arctic.

The Arctic is an environment like no other. It is home to four million people, supports an abundance of uniquely adapted wildlife, and plays an important role in moderating the world’s climate system. However, the Arctic is a dynamic environment that is undergoing change. How do these changes affect the Arctic itself and the rest of the world?’ (Taken from the RGS website)

There are four categories of entry, two applicable to the children at Holmwood House:-

KS2 (pupils aged 9-11) & KS3 (pupils aged 11-14)

For both categories, the requirements are that the children illustrate, through the medium of an A3 POSTER, what makes the Arctic unique. Full details of requirements can be found here

I would like the children to  submit their entries through the school - please submit to me before Wednesday 26 September 2018. I will take pictures of the entries and assess for our own internal competition. I will then choose the best 10 entries and post these on to the RGS by their own closing date, which is 5.00 pm Wednesday 10 October 2018.

For more information on the Arctic see the Discovering the Arctic website and the NERC Arctic Office website.

With the summer weeks stretching out in front of us and the weather hot, what better way to spend some spare time researching and creating a poster on the Arctic.

I am happy to help with any questions you or your children may have regarding the competition.

Alan Guy 
Head of Geography

Please click here for more information 

Summer Revision 2018

Year 6

Revision for summer assessment 2018


Revision for summer assessment 2018


You were given two practice papers in the lesson on Wednesday 16 May 2018. Hand both completed papers to me on Wednesday 23 May 2018. You will have lesson time, prep time and morning revision time to complete both papers.  Mr Guy

PS7 Revision for Summer Assessment 

Scholarship Practice Paper 1
Scholarship Practice Paper 2

Year 8

 Year 8 Revision

 Location Knowledge Exercises
 Mapwork Revision 2017 onwards



Additional Revision Activities

Years 7 & 8 additional revision

Location Knowledge Exercises
 Mapwork Revision 2017 onwards

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)

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