What Is A Knowledge Organiser?
A Knowledge Organiser is a document that contains key facts and information that children need to have a basic knowledge and understanding of their class project.
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
- key people (if relevant)
What a knowledge organiser includes will depend on the subject. For example, a ‘Second World War’ Knowledge Organiser and a ‘Rivers’ Knowledge Organiser would both include key vocabulary, but the former would also include a timeline, and the latter would need diagrams. Over time, this key knowledge becomes ‘sticky’ – the more you know, the more you learn – which helps children gain a deeper understanding over time.
Children have physical copies of their Knowledge Organiser which they can bring home or keep in school. It would be fantastic if you could support your child, over time, with learning all of the key information on their Knowledge Organiser. Of course, we don’t expect this to be a quick overnight thing!