What is a ‘Knowledge organiser’?
Started in secondary schools, and now primary schools are beginning to see the benefit of them.They are a tool that can be used for planning, teaching and learning, and assessment. All the most vital, useful and ‘powerful’ knowledge on a single page.
How do they help teachers?
Planning tool- essential knowledge that children need to cover in the unit. They can provide: key dates • key people • key events • Key vocabulary and definitions, and key concepts- in ‘child-friendly’ language.
How do they help children?
Essential knowledge that children need to cover in the unit shared at the beginning so children know what they are going to be learning. Helps them to remember key dates, key people, key events, vocabulary and definitions, key concepts. Can be used as a fun assessment tool to help remember the units. Improves their ability to remember. Helps them to develop other skills- e.g. when writing a nonfiction report, if they already have the knowledge they can focus on the writing skills.
How do they help parents?
Parents will have a better understanding of what the children need to know. Allow parents to build on their knowledge at home. Provide an easy tool for parents to quiz children at home (and children to quiz parents!)
Hopefully, increase parents confidence in subjects being taught at home.
You can find the Knowledge Organisers for each year group listed below. Just click the links.