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Geographical Model Making Competition

Geographical Model Making Competition: My local area

The GA is running a new competition for pupils to get involved and explore their creativity and geographical knowledge by creating a 3D model.

The closing date for entries is 31 July 2024.

Theme: My local area

Design and make a geographical theme 3D model of a key feature of your local area using reused or waste cardboard as the main material supported with other recycled materials. Examples of subjects for your model could be your community centre, sports venue, place of worship, school, local farm, coastline, river or hill).

Create your model showing a concept/geographical idea that interests you (for example, change, processes, development, conflict, diversity, power, inter-dependence).

The colours you use may come from the recycled materials themselves or coloured pencils or paints that you may already have at home or at school. There is no need to buy new materials to colour your model.

You may wish to include labels on your model.


There are three categories.

Two categories for Individual entries:

  • KS2 (Years 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • KS3 (Years 7, 8, 9)

One category for a group entry (any sized group from 2 students or more):

  • KS2 (Years 3, 4, 5, 6)

How to enter

Click the ‘Submit your entry’ button at the bottom of this page and fill in the Competition entry form before 31 July 2024. Your entry submission form needs to contain:

Section 1: 2 photographs of the model (oblique/profile/side view and aerial/bird’s eye/view from above)

Section 2: Type (or take a photograph of handwriting) up to 300 words to:

  • describe your feature and how you have represented it (for example, what is your model showing and what you have made it out of)
  • explain your geographic concept/idea (for example, explaining what the concept/idea is, what is happening in your local area / feature because of this concept/idea, what your views are about it)

Section 3: Your personal details (name or names if a group entry, key stage, year group, school name and address and your parent’s or guardian’s email address)

Section 4: Parental/guardian permission form

Read the competition terms and conditions here

Download the entry form here

Download the parental consent form here


This is a new competition, so we have created a brief example to help explain how you can photograph, describe and explain your entry. We would like you to use more detail in your model than we have, but it helps to show the two photographs you will need to submit.

My model is of Mad Jack Fuller’s Pyramid tomb near my home in Brightling in Sussex. I made it out of card which some deliveries came in and used Sellotape and glue to stick it together. It is 20cm high and 10cm wide, but in real life it is 7.62 m high, and it was built in 1811 out of sandstone.

It is important geographically today because it is the starting point for an 11km walk along public footpaths and through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and when we go for a walk we look out for John Fuller’s five other buildings, called follies, which is very fun to do. They were built to help enhance the beautiful local landscapes and on our walks we can see lots of different scenery, including ponds, a cricket ground and woods.

Large numbers of people come from across South East England (and even further away!) every year for the walks and to take photographs of the follies and they help businesses in my local community for example by visiting the cafes. But, sometimes I think there are too many people around as there are lots of people on the footpaths and they get very muddy, which is damaging for the grass and animal’s habitats.

I like the Pyramid the most of the follies because it is surprising to find a pyramid shaped tomb in the UK, as you would expect to see them in Egypt! It is a very important part of my local community and we took part in fundraising events to help pay for its restoration. In 2023 its restoration was finally finished.

Judging criteria

These are the things that the judges will be looking for in each entry:

  • Geographical relevance of the place represented by the model
  • Detailed and geographically written explanation 
  • Originality and creativity of the model
  • Quality and design of the model build

Announcement of winners

  • The GA will send out awards to the winners and runners up 
  • Awards announced on social media by the GA.

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Geographical model making competition

Encourage your pupils to get involved and explore their creativity and geographical knowledge by creating a 3D model. Entries close 31 July 2024