Our school is always seeking to improve your children’s learning and help them to set the very best foundations for their future success in life, whichever path they decide to take. There’s a lot of emphasis in schools on developing skills, understanding ideas and getting children to think for themselves. These are all things we already do at Reydon Primary, but as we know, you can’t think in depth about a subject until you know something about it.
In order to improve our children’s subject knowledge, we produce ‘Knowledge Organisers’ which are used in the classroom to outline the essential knowledge that will be covered across a unit of work including dates, key personnel, vocabulary, definitions, and other useful information.
These ‘Knowledge Organisers’ are shared with your children and you at the start of each half term– with the aim that everyone knows exactly which facts need to be learned so that children can get the best from their forthcoming lessons. The Knowledge Organisers appear on your child’s class page on the website and a copy will be sent home. The children’s lessons will of course not be simply about learning this factual knowledge but will continue, as now, to be about exploring ideas, asking questions (a crucial skill), making links and developing understanding – we just believe that this will improve when the children have the subject knowledge to support it.
You can help your child by using these knowledge organisers as a reference guide for what your child is learning, and also as an opportunity to discuss the facts about the topic and how much they have learned. It can also be used to see if they are able to start making links or offer explanations about the information on these organisers, as well as for homework tasks that the children will be completing.