At Waverley Abbey we are focusing on the content of our whole curriculum to ensure that there is a much greater emphasis on the ‘powerful knowledge’ that children need in order to truly understand concepts. A Knowledge Organiser (KO) sets out in detail what we want children to know by the end of each unit of learning – especially in our foundation subjects. We wish for most of our children to be able to recall the information on the KO by the end of each unit, thus ensuring that our children retain as much information, knowledge and skills as possible.
KO are the ‘go-to’ documents outlining the essential knowledge that the teachers will be covering in each of our subjects. These will include where appropriate: dates, famous figures, vocabulary, definitions, and other useful information. Future Knowledge Organisers, will be shared with pupils at the start of each unit.
The use of the KOs will be developed over the academic year but as a guide, the children will take part in regular quizzes, that help stretch their long-term memory and develop their recall of key information as well as using them as supportive documents and learning prompts within lessons.
We ask that parents and carers read through these KO at home with the children, to support them with their long term memory. It is also useful for children to go back to previous Knowledge Organisers and revise these so that the information from previous learning is not forgotten.