Year 5 Geography Competition

2010-11 National Schools’ Essay Competition and Debate

The Living Forest Organisation is running an essay writing competition for all schools in the UK. The competition and debate are aimed at primary and secondary pupils (Key Stages 2, 3 and 4). The winning students/schools will be invited to participate in a National Schools’ Debate at The Living Rainforest on 16-17 March 2011, featuring a distinguished panel of judges and participants.

As part of their Geography Curriculum, Year 5 study Rainforests during the latter part of the Autumn Term. It is for this reason that all pupils in Year 5 have been invited to submit an essay. The title of the essay is ‘How on Earth can we save the Rainforests?’ The word limit is 400 words and should be word processed. This will enable the essays to be submitted electronically. The submission date is 15 January 2011, although pupils have known about the competition since the beginning of December.  You can get a full breakdown of the competition organisers’ expectations on their website:

Taking part in this competition is entirely voluntary, but those who do submit an essay will be recognised within the Geography Department; a certificate will be issued to all participants and prizes given for the top three essays.

The pupils have done plenty of background work on rainforests, but will need to visit the website for additional information.

I hope that pupils in Year 5 find this activity to be both a challenging and rewarding experience and look forward to reading their essays during the first week of the Spring Term.

Mr Guy
Head of Geography