What are knowledge organisers?
A knowledge organiser is a document that contains key facts and information that children need to have good knowledge and understanding of a topic.
Most knowledge organisers will include:
- the essential facts about the topic, usually laid out in easily digestible chunks
- key vocabulary or technical terms and their meanings
- images such as maps or diagrams
- links to our class texts
- famous quotations, if relevant
Why do we use knowledge organisers?
- to give children and teachers the ‘bigger picture’ of a topic or subject area
- access to spelling and definitions of key vocabulary
- use for retrieval practice - regular retrieval of knowledge helps us remember more effectively
- they make the knowledge explicit. So, even if a child misses a lesson, they have a point of reference.
How can we use knowledge organisers at home to support learning?
- ask children to match definitions to key vocabulary
- practise spelling the key vocabulary using look, say, cover, write, check
- look through the knowledge organiser at the start of a new topic and ask your child if they have any questions – these can then be researched together at home
- create mini quizzes based on different sections of the knowledge organiser
- carry out additional research about key people or events within the knowledge organiser
Please find our knowledge organisers below.