How can parents support students to use their Knowledge Organisers for homework?
Knowledge Organisers have six stages – chunking, memorising, covering, writing, checking, correcting.
Students break down work into bitesize chunks improving memory. Students focus on learning one section at a time as this will help organise the content as well as prevent them becoming overwhelmed by the amount of work.
Students repeat the work to themselves or write it out on scrap paper from memory, increasing the amount they try to remember each time (for 15-20 minutes) over and over again, checking for parts they may have forgotten. Students are also encouraged to get someone in the family to quiz them. Quizzing will help the students retain the information.
Students cover up their Knowledge Organiser sheet so that they cannot copy it. This is the challenging part that will help students remember the Core Knowledge, and help it stick.
For 15-20 minutes, Students write out what they can remember from memory in their self-quizzing books. Even if they are struggling they should not look back at the Knowledge Organiser sheet, instead they will need to engage and challenge their brain.
Once students have filled a whole side of their self-quizzing book or completed the amount requested by the teacher they will need to check their work.
Students make corrections in green pen. Students continue this process until they have truly mastered the section ensuring they have completed a minimum of one side of lined paper (2 sides if you are in year 11).
Checking in school
Students will have regular in class quizzes to make sure they are retaining the information.
Staff will initial next to the work to acknowledge that the student has completed the appropriate amount and to the expected standard.
Knowledge Organiser Example