@bedsfreeschool have kindly opened up their KS3 knowledge based curriculum – let me know what you think!
It’s here: drive.google.com/open?id=0B9c3q…
There has been lots in the ‘twittersphere’ recently about the use of knowledge organisers, how these link to homework, revision and low stakes testing. As a result I have put some examples and guidance below as the approach can reduce teacher workload and improve student outcomes:
Joe Kirby writes about his use of KOs at pragmaticreform.wordpress.com.
James Theobald has created a collection of ready-made KOs at othamarstrombone.wordpress.com.
Shaun Allison writes about his use of KOs at classteaching.wordpress.com.
Thanks to Toby French at Torquay Academy for the above examples – he can be found on Twitter as @MrHistoire and is a great source of information and knowledge!
Knowledge organisers – could be really useful across all subjects so keen to hear your thoughts…
This post follows the huge interest in my last, How to use a knowledge organiser. It is deliberately generic, and so I will write a further post on how I began to create KOs for history.
At Torquay Academy we’re now looking at how to improve our KOs after introducing them school-wide in September. The advice below is what I have suggested to our staff.
Making a knowledge organiser
The KO is like a scheme of work, but simpler and more effective. It doesn’t need ‘Do Nows’ and chunked activities; it doesn’t need to be differentiated; it doesn’t need lots of detail. It is a whole course and a two-minute quiz, a revision timetable and a cover lesson.
It is not a bolt-on. The only thing that should come before it is what we want children to learn. It should underpin every single thing we do in every…
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