THE NATIONAL KEYSTAGE 2 GENERAL KNOWLEDGE CHAMPIONSHIP
The National General Knowledge Championship is a unique and exciting competition which motivates, inspires and rewards children in their quest for knowledge and provides them with the opportunity to celebrate their achievement by representing their school in the country’s largest inter-school competition.
Momentous events in history, incredible geographical landmarks, beautiful art, inspiring music and literature, amazing science, cultures from around the world, current affairs and world knowledge all feature in our quizzes and serve to broaden your pupils understanding of our past, present and future.
With more than 400,000 Keystage 2 children taking part each year the
Quiz Club National Championships are the largest Inter-School competitions in the country.
THE GENERAL KNOWLEDGE CHAMPIONSHIP
The Championship reinforces team work, boosts confidence, encourages strategic thinking and lights the fire for knowledge. By selecting your team/s using the team selection quizzes we provide you can involve all children, regardless of ability in the initial stage of the competition, whilst challenging your most able pupils and with the National Finals taking place at The Dominion Theatre in London's West End, you can offer your team/s an exciting goal to aspire to.
THE AREA HEATS
We run area heats, which last for one hour, at schools across the country during school term time hours and the Area Heats for the General Knowledge Championship all run during the Spring Term.
Each Area Heat is hosted by a professional Quizmaster with team members using a personal wireless handset to instantly select their answers, although the team members are encouraged throughout to confer with the rest of their team before selecting their individual answers. The show is projected to a huge screen with instant on screen scoring making it thrilling entertainment, very much like a television gameshow.
The experience is incredibly exciting for both the teams and the audience. The Quizmaster includes a great deal of additional information around the questions which participants absorb, broadening and improving their knowledge throughout the competition.
THE QUIZ FORMAT
The quiz comprises 40 multiple choice general knowledge questions covering subjects such as history, geography, maths, science, art, music, literacy, spelling, culture, current affairs and world knowledge. There is a wide range of difficulty levels and teams confer on and answer every question using their handsets.
The winning team at each Area Heat is awarded a plaque for their school and badges for the team. All contestants receive a certificate to mark their achievement in representing their school in the championship.
The National General Knowledge Championship is open to children in keystage 2. Each team consists of 4 players, one child each from years 3 - 6. Schools may enter multiple teams into the Championship. Plenty of seating is available for supporters to come along and cheer on their team.
SELECTING YOUR TEAM/S
After registering for the Championship, schools receive their password to access the team selection quizzes to run in their classrooms for all keystage 2 children in order to select the school team/s.
We include 4 general knowledge practice quizzes narrated by our Quizmaster for your team/s to play. The practice quizzes include tips on strategic voting and the process of elimination and are fantastic for the team/s to play before they come to the Area Heat.
With the contest starting in the classroom, schools are able to involve all pupils in the team selection process. Places on the school teams are hotly contested and the children chosen as a result of the team selection process move on to represent their school in the Championship.
MOVING THROUGH THE CHAMPIONSHIP
We have a range of Area Heats to choose from. There are heats outside of London that are composed of 12 - 20 teams and our 'Super Heats' in London in very large venues that can accommodate up to 60 teams.
A number of teams scoring the highest at their area heat will go through to the National Finals which will be held during the Summer Term. The amount of teams moving on to the Finals depends on the size of the heat. One team will go through from a 12 team heat, 2 teams from a 20 team heat and 5 teams from the 60 team super-heats. There will also be a number of additional places awarded at the National Finals to the highest scoring non-qualifying teams remaining from across the heats.
COST OF ENTRY
The entry fee into the Championship is £120 + vat which includes the team selection and narrated practice quizzes that we provide you with and one team from your school taking part in the Area Heat. This cost covers your team right through the Championship, no matter how far they progress. School may have multiple teams taking part and the entry fee for each additional team is £120 + vat.
WE CAN RUN YOUR TEAM SELECTION PROCESS AND DOUBLE IT UP AS AN INTER-HOUSE COMPETITION
All schools are provided with team selection quizzes as part of their entry which they run themselves but many schools have asked if we could run their team selection process at their school with the competition doubling up as an Inter-House Competition which includes all of the children at their school or from specific year groups playing in live quiz events using the wireless handsets and presented by our Quizmaster. We are always delighted to do this and can run these events for Science, General Knowledge or Maths. We also provide a plaque to your winning house overall. The cost of an event such as this is £600 + vat for a half day (8am – 12pm or 1pm – 4pm) or £800 + vat for a full day.
WEEKLY GENERAL KNOWLEDGE QUIZZES
We also provide weekly quizzes for schools, regardless of whether they take part in a Championship or not. Weekly quizzes are a great way to broaden and extend your pupils knowledge and can be used either as part of a club, in the classroom or as further preparation for the Championship.
There are 10 weekly general knowledge quizzes and each quiz comprises 20 questions of varying difficulty level with pictures and an automatic timer with 20 seconds to answer each question.
The quizzes are ‘click and run’ on any PC or whiteboard with pre-set timings and instructions for players onscreen, so running them is very straightforward with no preparation required by teachers. Blank answer cards for the children, a full answer card for the teacher and certificates for the players are also available to download.
The cost of the weekly quizzes is £70 + vat per set (for 10 quizzes). The quizzes can be used multiple times for different classes and are available to schools for the whole school year.
AREA HEAT LOCATIONS AND DATES
We have area heats running across the country. Please click on the link below to see the heats available.
REGISTERING TO TAKE PART IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP
If you would like to take part in a championship or receive the weekly quizzes, please click on the Register button at the top or bottom of this page