What are knowledge organisers?
A knowledge organiser is a set of key facts or information that students need to know and be able to recall in order to master a unit or topic. Typically an organiser fits onto one or two pages of A4 or A3 paper. This helps the students to visualize the layout of the page which then helps them to memorize the information better.
Qualifications at KS4 and KS5 are becoming increasingly challenging and many have lost their controlled assessment elements (previously known as coursework.) These have been replaced by additional examination papers or content. This requires students to know and retain even more information for longer. Knowledge organisers intend to support all students in doing this.
To be able to know and retain information for longer, it is important to regularly revisit the knowledge to be learned . This is called ‘spaced retrieval’. This helps transfer knowledge from the short term memory into the long term memory which helps learning ‘stick’.
Strategies for using knowledge organisers
Please see below some suggestions of how knowledge organisers can be used. This list is not exhaustive; some suggestions to get started!
- Read through the knowledge organiser with your som/daughter. See if they can explain the content to you . By teaching you they are reinforcing their learning.
- Try and use the knowledge organiser to create a mind map or flash card. These can be displayed around your home.
- Test your son/daughter regularly on the key word and/or content section.
- Ask your son/daughter to create a glossary of key terms with definitions.
- Ask your son/daughter to try and record the knowledge organiser as a sound file. For example an audio recording, some children retain more information this way. It may be a little embarrassing at first but it can help!
- Read sections out to your child, missing out key words or content. See if they can recall the missing information.