All students in Year 7 and 8 will be provided with Knowledge Organisers at the start of each term. We believe that knowledge organisers will have a positive impact on your child’s achievement and approach to revision, providing them with the best opportunity to be successful during assessments and examinations. Our expert teachers have created our own set of Knowledge Organisers which will be used both at home and during lesson time.

Educational research suggests that knowledge organisers have a significant impact on the progress made by all students, no matter what their academic ability. As a parent wishing to develop their child’s knowledge, it will also provide you with the opportunity to support your child at home, using a consistent approach that will be implemented across all subject areas for Key Stage 3.

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 within each subject that they study. Typically, a knowledge organiser fits onto one page of A4, helping students to visualise the layout of the page, which in turn helps them to memorise the information more effectively. Retention of this knowledge will support your child as they progress from Key Stage 3 into Key Stage 4.

How will I access Knowledge Organisers?

There are two ways in which parents and students can access their knowledge organisers. Firstly, each student will be given a knowledge organiser folder. These will be added to every half term by all subjects. Additionally, all knowledge organisers along with support material will be placed on our website, ensuring that parents and students can always access the resources.

How it will work?

At the start of each term, we will issue each student with a new Knowledge Organiser. This contains all the knowledge that students will be learning in class and will be referred to throughout their lessons. By equipping our students with the core knowledge from each subject, and developing their revision techniques from a young age, this gives them a strong foundation of knowledge which will be built upon as they move into Year 9.

We will be asking students to spend 1 hour a day, 5 days a week, revising 3 subjects as directed by their homework timetable. The only exception to this is when they are asked to complete MyMaths work or undertake practical homework for creative subjects.

Teachers will direct students to learn certain parts of their knowledge organiser each week, and students will be informed of this via their Homework Planner. Regular retrieval practice will take place during lessons to allow teachers and students to reflect on how well core knowledge has been learnt. Teaching will then be adjusted based on the outcomes of the retrieval practice, ensuring that knowledge that requires further clarity to be re-taught.

How will they be used for home learning?

Every student will be given an A4 exercise book in which they should complete the revision for all of their subjects. A third of a page for each subject should be completed and students can revise using the suggested techniques that they have been shown in class and by using the ‘Knowledge Organiser Guide’ located at the front of their Knowledge Organiser. These guides will be available for parents to view via the knowledge organiser section on our website. Knowledge organisers and workbooks will be used in lessons each day so it is vital that students bring them as part of their required equipment for school.

The revision techniques each student will be introduced to can be found below.

Revision Techniques

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Cover – Write – Check
Cover up one section of the knowledge organiser and try to write out as much as you can from memory. Check the knowledge organiser to see if you are right; correct any mistakes and fill in any missing information in a different coloured pen.

Repeat this process at least twice to fill your page. You could also include content from the previous week’s homework, especially if there were some parts that you struggled with.

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Draw a Mind Map
Jot down everything that you can remember from the knowledge organiser. Check accuracy, correct in a different coloured pen and repeat.

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Revision Clock
Draw a clock and add the topic in the middle. Break the clock face into 10-minute sections. Add notes from the knowledge organiser in each section. Cover the clock ands recite the information aloud.

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Use the information from your knowledge organiser to create flashcards – these could be double sided, with a question on one side and the answer on another, or a keyword on one side and the definition on the other.

How can parents support this process?

  • Print off and display their home learning timetable
  • Encourage and reward them for completing one hour of revision each night
  • Test them along the way and ask them questions (all answers will be included in the knowledge organisers)
  • Make sure they bring their workbook and folder to school each day
  • Encourage your child to attempt different techniques for revising