Thursday, 4 May 2017

Young Geographer of the Year 2017

The 2017 title for the Young Geographer of the Year competition has been released, and it's a good one again.
We will be entering this competition with Year 7 and 8 students, and hoping to do better than in recent years.

This year's title is:
"What is the Geography of your favourite place?"


They will be introduced to this in the final half term, once exams are out of the way, and we have also finished a few other things.

For more information, go to the RGS website, where you can find more information, and also the

I've had to think about where my favourite place, and have kicked things off by

Here are the details from the RGS website.


Place’ is one of the most important terms used by geographers, allowing an exploration of the people, processes and connections that make particular places meaningful.

Everyone’s favourite place is different and unique. It could be somewhere everyday – such as a local space, a football stadium or a museum – or somewhere extraordinary – such as a holiday destination, a place that holds a special memory, or a place that you have read about or seen in a film.

In an exploration of their favourite place, students should consider how their favourite place is shaped by local, national and global process, and what these geographical processes – both physical and human – are; the people and connections that make this place meaningful; and the social, cultural, political and environmental geography of their favourite place.

The competition has four categories: 
Key Stage 2 (students aged 9-11), 
Key Stage 3 (students aged 11-14), 
Key Stage 4 or GCSE (students aged 14-16) and 
Key Stage 5 or A Level (students aged 16-18). 

The Society encourages schools to run their own local semi-finals before entering their top-placed entries into the national competition.

The deadline for all entries is 9.00am on Friday 13 October 2017.

If you want a presentation to get you started, with a focus on Norfolk, but which has quite a few nice quotes, feel free to take a look at at this one of mine. It's showing its age a bit but some of the slides would be useful I think for ideas. There are also some nice ideas to adapt on the Tutor2U Geography page.

There's also a separate competition for newly qualified teachers for the Rex Walford Award.

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