We feel it is important your child makes excellent progress by reinforcing crucial information beyond the classroom – to support this, all key stage 3 and 4 students are issued with a knowledge organiser.
Research indicates that the most effective homework for younger students is carefully organised and monitored – these folders are an important aspect of their learning, supporting and strengthening understanding of key information, concepts and subject specific terminology directly related to the curriculum they study. Students are assessed by a variety of in-class informal tasks and quizzes to help their teachers determine what they understand and where there may be any gaps in their knowledge.
What are knowledge organisers?
Knowledge organisers include the core knowledge students need to be successful in the subjects they are studying – this will build into a valuable reference and revision resource over the year.
Key stage 3 students have been given a knowledge organiser booklet and a ‘look-cover-write-check’ (LCWC) exercise book. A new booklet is issued each half term by their tutor. Additionally, key stage 4 students are also given a knowledge organiser folder with additional knowledge organisers for each unit/topic studied.
The knowledge organisers form part of our students’ essential equipment and must be brought to the academy with them each day.
Why are we using knowledge organisers?
The benefits of using knowledge organisers are multiple. With regular use, students will:
- know the most important aspects of the half term unit of work in each subject
- regularly revise short sections of the knowledge required in each subject, leading to long term retention of knowledge
- develop revision skills suitable to the knowledge being revised
- have a bank of revision resources for each subject
How does the academy utilise knowledge organisers?
- Short learning tasks will be set every lesson to be completed in the LCWC exercise book
- Each learning homework should take between 5-10 minutes
- Students will then be asked to retrieve this knowledge by completing informal tasks, such as quizzes, in subsequent lessons
- Other homework may be set to support wider understanding and engagement with the content being taught in lesson
- Tutors will review the use of knowledge organisers once a week
Support from parents and carers
- Encourage your child to use the ‘look-cover-write-check’ learning strategy
- Encourage and reward them for engaging with their own learning
- Test them along the way, ask them questions (you have the answers after all!)