A Knowledge Organiser is a document, no more than two sides of A4, that contains key facts and information that students need to have a basic knowledge and understanding of a topic. Most Knowledge Organisers will include the essential facts about the topic, usually laid out in easy-to-digest chunks; key vocabulary or technical terms and their meanings; images such as maps or diagrams; and famous quotations, if relevant.
A Knowledge Organiser develops over weeks creating a comprehensive revision tool to equip students for their assessments in week 8 of every assessment cycle.
The main benefit of knowledge organisers is that they give students and teachers the ‘bigger picture’ of a topic or subject area. Some topics can be complicated, so having the essential knowledge, clear diagrams, explanations and key terms on one document can be very helpful.
Research shows that our brains remember things more efficiently when we know the ‘bigger picture’ and can see the way that nuggets of knowledge within that subject area link together. Making links, essentially, helps information move into our long-term memory.
There will be a Knowledge Organiser for each of the below subjects, with tasks for each to be completed every week. The documents for this cycle can be viewed by clicking the Year Group links below;
Knowledge Organisers will be checked by Form tutors on a weekly basis. Form tutors will reward an effort grade based on the effort students have put into the tasks for their subjects. Class teachers will refer back to knowledge organiser during lessons and make the tasks completed an integral part of the learning moving forward.