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Knowledge Organisers

Knowledge Organisers are documents that contain key facts and information that children need in order to have a basic knowledge and understanding of a topic. The knowledge organisers that the children use have been written to match the curriculum that we deliver, allowing the children to learn knowledge sequentially as they move through school.


Our knowledge organisers include the essential facts about a specific topic in science, history and geography. They include: key vocabulary or technical terms and their meanings; images such as maps or diagrams; and famous quotations, if relevant.


What a knowledge organiser includes will depend on the subject. For example, a ‘World War One' knowledge organiser and a ‘Rivers’ knowledge organiser would both include maps, but the former would also include a timeline, and the latter would need diagrams.


At the beginning of each new topic, the children are asked to answer a series of different questions, this is so the class teacher can assess what they already know and identify the gaps in knowledge. Alongside our 'Big Questions', these gaps in knowledge help steer the learning in a particular direction, ensuring the children are given the opportunity to develop their own knowledge about aspects of learning they are unsure of/interested in finding out more about. At the end of each topic, the children answer the questions again to ensure they have grasped the key knowledge.


The key vocabulary is referred to throughout the topic and is on display in the classrooms so that the children's knowledge and understanding of specific vocabulary is developed each day. Learning new vocabulary in science, history, geography etc. ensures that the children can apply their understanding to other subjects and fully understand new words and terms within context.