At Holwell Primary School, we have developed Knowledge Organisers for each of our topics across the whole school. They are used by staff to support the planning and resourcing of lessons. The Knowledge Organisers are a concise summary of the topic to be taught and include:
- The learning objectives for each lesson of the unit
- Suggested activities, investigations or experiments for the lessons
- Areas of the National Curriculum the lesson will cover
- How the new learning links with other subjects and what prior learning should be in place
- A list of key vocabulary for the unit
- Core knowledge – facts that are useful about the topic
- Any opportunities for writing that could be incorporated into the unit
- What the overarching question is for the unit – if applicable
These are working documents and are reviewed at the end of each half term by the class teachers and the subject leaders. This allows for successes to be shared and any point for development acted upon. Already we are considering how to improve them for next year. This might include:
- The addition of assessment questions to evaluate whether children have attained an Age Related level in the subject.
- A “Wondering Why?” section, to explain to the children how this learning or these skills will help them in the future and what opportunities this subject / topic might contribute to them for their future. This will help the children understand why they are learning about this topic and helping them on their way to be lifelong learners and successful members of the community.
Please use the linked pages to look at the Knowledge Organisers for your child’s topics to enable you understand what they are learning about at school and to support their learning at home. They are organised by subject, year group and half term. Just click on the unit title to open the associated Knowledge Organiser.