KNOWLEDGE ORGANISERS

What are knowledge organisers?

A knowledge organiser is a document that contains key facts and information that children need to have good knowledge and understanding of a topic.

Most knowledge organisers will include:

  • the essential facts about the topic, usually laid out in easily digestible chunks

  • key vocabulary or technical terms and their meanings

  • images such as maps or diagrams

  • famous quotations, if relevant

Why do we use knowledge organisers?

  • to give children and teachers the ‘bigger picture’ of a topic or subject area

  • pre-learning

  • access to spelling and definitions of key vocabulary

  • use for retrieval practice - regular retrieval of knowledge helps us remember more effectively 

  • They make the knowledge explicit. So, even if a child misses a lesson, they have a constant point of reference.

How can we use knowledge organisers at home to support learning?

  • ask children to match definitions to key vocabulary

  • practise spelling the key vocabulary using look, say, cover, write, check

  • look through the knowledge organiser at the start of a new topic and ask your child if they have any questions – these can then be researched at home

  • create mini quizzes based on different sections of the knowledge organiser

  • carry out additional research about key people or events within the knowledge organiser

Please find our knowledge organisers below.

Science

Connected Curriculum