What is a Knowledge Organiser?
It is a document prepared by your teachers that summarises and condenses all the most vital, useful and powerful knowledge on a single page, that you need to remember to be successful.
If you use this document to help you when you study or revise it will help you to remember the key information and learn important subject specific words which will help you in your exams and assessments.
By using the Knowledge Organisers at home to support you with study it will help you when back in the classroom. Below is a list of potential ideas and tasks that you could follow to help with any subject. You will then need to find the knowledge organisers for the subjects you wish to study, and the topics that you are studying in class to complete the tasks below or those set by your teachers.
- Write out all the key words for the topic and find out what they mean, writing the definition next to the word. You then need to place each of the words in a subjects related sentence.
- Create a Knowledge quiz that your teachers could use for your class on this topic. You must include a minimum of 20 questions.
- Answer any Dig Deeper questions that have been posed by your teacher. Write in full sentences and include as much subject specific detail as possible.
- Clock Revision (see further information).
- Take a well known tune or song and rewrite the lyrics to the song, so that the song is about your topic.
- Write out the alphabet – For each letter you need to write a sentence beginning with that letter about your topic.
- Pictionary – Draw images for key information that will help you to remember through image association.
- Create flash cards for this topic – A flash card is a card that condenses the key information further. You will need to cut up paper / card into A6 sections and on each card write the heading and small amount of information underneath. You may also wish to include key questions.
- Look at the knowledge organiser for 6 minutes but only look do not note anything down.
- On a piece of paper write down as much as possible as you can remember in 5 minutes
- Then spend another 4 minutes looking at the information.
- On the same piece of paper write down as much extra as possible in 3 minutes
- Then spend another 2 minutes looking at the information
- On the same piece of paper write down as much extra as possible in 1 minute
- What have you missed?
Draw a clock in the centre of the page, and divide the page up into 12 sections (see image above) – in real live time each 5 minutes write in the sections detailed information about knowledge need for this topic. At the end of 60 minytes you should have all 12 sections complete. You will then use the remaining time to research and find out more information which you can add to these sections in red pen. Use the internet for this if possible.