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KNowledge organisers & homework
What are knowledge organisers?
A knowledge organiser is a set of key facts or information that pupils need to know and be able to recall in order to gain a secure understanding of a topic. Typically a knowledge organiser fits onto a small number of A4 pages – this helps students to visualise the layout of the page which in turn helps them to memorise the information better.
Why are we moving to knowledge organisers?
GCSEs are becoming increasingly challenging. Most subjects have lost their controlled assessments (previously known as coursework) and these have been replaced with additional exam papers. The focus of these exams is the retrieval and application of knowledge This puts increasing pressure on our students to know and retain even more information for longer.
Students can sometimes leave their revision until a few weeks before examinations. This presents a problem. Our short term memory is designed to be just that and has limited capacity. Students find themselves unable to retain the information, they become stressed and often give up, convincing themselves they are no good at revising or no good at the subject.
The secret to success is to regularly revisit the knowledge to be learned (known as ‘spaced retrieval’). This helps transfer the knowledge from the short-term memory to the long term memory. This not only helps to make ‘learning stick’ but it also frees up our short-term memory for day to day learning and experiences.
How will a knowledge organiser help my child?
Knowledge organisers will be made available at the start of each term (autumn, spring and summer) to help them remember what they’re learning and to help them to see the bigger learning journey in their subjects. Instead of forgetting previous learning, pupils continually revisit and retrieve prior learning from their memories.
How will a knowledge organiser help me to help my child?
Many of you ask us how you can help to support your children at home. Some of you are worried that you don’t have all of the subject specific knowledge to be able to help your children. Some of you worry how to check that your children have done their homework and revision. The knowledge organisers will help you to do this easily.
Suggested activities for parents
Most homework set will be linked to all/some aspects of the knowledge organisers. This might be to learn keyword spellings or to write an extended response that uses some/all of the knowledge from the organiser.
Above and beyond any homework set by the teachers, we would recommend that pupils spend thirty minutes per week per subject learning the knowledge detailed in the knowledge organiser.
Here are some strategies that might help you to do this.
- Read through the knowledge organiser with your son/daughter – if you don’t understand the content then ask them to explain it to you – ‘teaching’ you helps them to reinforce their learning.
- Try converting the information into a mind map or make your own version using clip art imagery if the knowledge organiser contains a lot of text. Display on the wall or the fridge door until the memory ‘sticks’.
- Test them regularly on the spellings of key words until they are perfect. Make a note of the ones they get wrong – is there a pattern to the spelling of those words?
- Get them to make a glossary (list) of key words with definitions or a list of formulae.
- Once they are word perfect and can remember all of the knowledge on the organiser, use the internet or a book to find out more or ask the teacher for some (more) exam questions.
Quick links to Knowledge organisers
My Knowledge Organiser: How to use it