Your child has brought home a knowledge organiser. This is a resource that is becoming popular in primary schools, as its purpose is to enable children to acquire and retain key knowledge in different subject areas.
A knowledge organiser is a document, usually no more than two sides of A4, that contains key facts and information that children need to have a basic knowledge and understanding of a topic. It will include the essential facts about the current topic being covered in your child’s class, and will be laid out in easy-to-digest, age appropriate chunks; key vocabulary or technical terms and their meanings; images such as maps or diagrams; and famous quotations, if relevant.
The main benefit of knowledge organisers is that they give children and teachers the ‘bigger picture’ of a topic or subject area. Some topics can be complicated, so having the essential knowledge, clear diagrams, explanations and key terms on one document can be really helpful. The children will have the opportunity to refer to them during lessons which will reinforce their learning.
Further knowledge organisers will be sent home at the beginning of each half term when a new topic is started. Details of the organisers can be see and downloaded from the links below.
Please encourage your child/ren to share and discuss their knowledge organiser with you and refer to it to help them to remember key facts and information about the class topic.