What are Knowledge Organisers?
Knowledge Organisers are documents that contain the key information, or “threshold concepts” that your child needs to know for that particular subject. They are usually about one side of A4 for each topic, and children should aim to memorise as much of the detail on their Knowledge Organisers as possible.
Why does my child need their Knowledge Organisers with them in school?
There is currently a lot of academic interest in the role of memory, and how we can maximise its capacity and performance – something that is vital in order to access the new information-heavy curriculum.
One particularly effective method of helping facts to “stick” is something called “spaced practice”, where a subject is returned to again and again. Although your child may have moved on from one topic to another, their teacher will be revisiting the content regularly, to help your child to really secure that knowledge in their long term memory.
How should my child use Knowledge Organisers?
All students have been given full training on how to use the Knowledge Organisers effectively. Like any resource, if not used effectively, it will not yield the best results. The method that we endorse is a simple one: Read Cover Write Check Correct. When students use this method to help themselves to remember information, we call the process self-quizzing.
Teachers may set self-quizzing as homework, which they will check by doing a class quiz or test. If your child has forgotten how to self-quiz, please encourage them to watch this 15 minute video, which explains the process:
With a little practice, students will quickly become adept at self-quizzing. If, however, they would like a “coach through” – step-by-step – this video walks through the process in real time: