A knowledge organiser presents the essential knowledge, key concepts and key words which every student should learn.
At the start of each term, all students in Years 7-9 are provided with a booklet which contains the knowledge organisers for every subject. Every subject at Key Stage 4 also has a knowledge organiser for each topic which is given separately to students when they start to learn a particular topic.
Our working memory can only hold a limited amount of information at one time and for a student to be successful in a range of subjects they need to have a large store of factual knowledge in their long-term memory. For example, a child who has been taught their times tables is far more likely to get to grips with equivalent fractions as all their working memory can attend to the fractions. With a knowledge organiser providing the key information, providing students use them correctly, this factual knowledge can become part of a student's long-term memory.
The knowledge organiser is not for revision purposes only; it should be used weekly while students are learning a topic for the first time. Teachers set regular homework based on learning sections of the knowledge organiser and quiz students in class to help every student memorise this essential knowledge. Therefore, students are expected to be using the knowledge organiser at home every week.