Guidance on Knowledge Organisers
What are Knowledge Organisers?
In the context of the most recent thinking on knowledge-rich, sequential curriculum design, it is important that teachers are clear about what knowledge they are teaching in any given curriculum area.
A knowledge organiser (KO) is a document (preferably on a single A4 page) that sets out the ‘powerful knowledge’ for a given topic of study (‘powerful knowledge’ is a term frequently used by Professor Michael Young). A KO is a tool that provides pupils with a clear summary of the knowledge that is being covered and helps them to understand how this knowledge connects to other topics they are studying.
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KOs are not compulsory and can be time-consuming to develop. You can plan and teach great RE without them, so don’t assume that they are essential. However, if your school is asking you to develop them, then these notes and examples may be useful!
For more detail on how to plan KOs, please see the useful guidance documents here:
Examples of Knowledge Organisers
Y3 Y3 Gospel KO