The Knowledge Organiser will help your son/daughter to learn a wide range of knowledge to prepare them for lessons, the new style GCSEs and the world of work when used at home, in school and used consistently.
Knowledge Organisers encourage students to be independent when developing knowledge.
Your child will be given a new Knowledge organizer every half term and every pupil is expected to complete 5 pages every week. This will be checked by their form tutor and stamped accordingly to say that it has been checked.
How to use your Knowledge organiser
To get the most out of the Knowledge Organisers, your son/daughter should be learning sections and then testing themselves.
Students have been given different ways in which to utilize and make the most of their Knowledge organisers. There are some links to videos below, and also a list of ways in which they can be used. Type one of them into YOUTUBE for a tutorial.
Expectations of Students
Students are expected to:
- Bring their Knowledge Organiser to school every day
- Use their Knowledge Organisers on a daily basis (in lesson, support homework, independent study)
Why Knowledge Organisers?
New GCSE specifications have changed with an emphasis on knowledge. This leaves less time during lessons to focus on this. The emphasis in lessons now needs to be centered around skills.
The knowledge organisers also give a constant feed of homework and a guided set of days on which subjects they could be revising.
Tasks to try:
1. Reducing texts- Reducing a paragraph or sentence to less words. Reduce a paragraph to 10 words and re-read the paragraph from the 10 words
2. Reducing to image- Turn a paragraph/sentence/definition into a small drawing so that it can be remembered more easily
3. Look, cover, copy, write, check- Get pupils to write out vocabulary or definitions and then fold the page over to see if they can re-write. They will be very familiar with this method from primary school.
4. The Roman Room- Imagine your bedroom and attach items/furniture to vocabulary or definitions.
5. Gap fill- Re-write a definition or vocabulary from their KO using gaps. The words that they do write should trigger their memory for the missing ones. For vocab this can be letters.
Pupils _______ know_______to___this____is__very________way___learning
6. Make a quiz- Pupils can make a quiz to test their partners at the start of the next lesson
7. Mind maps- Ask pupils to create mind maps of how the info in your KO links together. They can then expand their knowledge using info from the internet based on the definitions/vocab.
8. Wordsearch/crossword- Create one of these and the definition is the clue