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Knowledge Organisers

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest” Benjamin Franklin

 

“Knowledge begets knowledge.” E.D.Hirsch

 

A knowledge organiser is a one-page document for one unit of work in one subject.  In foundation subject all knowledge organisers are headed with a focusing enquiry question.  The purpose of our knowledge organisers is to provide pupils with accessible guidance about knowledge that they can study on their own in order to build a secure schema with a recall of the knowledge elements. They are intended to be a summary; not a comprehensive, exhaustive list of all that could be known.

Each knowledge organiser is a bespoke document prepared by class teachers.  Teachers have to consider: What are the overarching themes or timeline for this unit?  What is the key technical vocabulary?  Who is a key person?  By paring down knowledge to the essentials it brings a rigor and discipline to each subject. 

 

Our Knowledge organisers can include:

  • An enquiry question

  • Tables or columns of related information

  • Bullet point lists of key ideas

  • Sequences/flow diagrams

  • Labelled images

  • Timelines

  • Technical vocabulary

  • Prior Learning

  • A Key person

  • Related school values

 

YEAR 1

WILLOW

CLASS

YEAR 2

BEECH

CLASS

YEAR 3

HAZEL

CLASS

YEAR 4

CHESTNUT

CLASS

YEAR 5

OAK

CLASS

YEAR 6

SYCAMORE

CLASS

ART

What skills do we use when printing?

 

What skills do we use when constructing?

 

What skills do we use when drawing?

How do I mix colours to show how I feel? PAINT

How can we

represent the

Trinity? CLAY

 

How can we show

the movement of water? DRAWING

 

How can we

recreate the

colours of

Mother Nature? PAINT

 

What are some

of the traditional

arts of the

Coast?

TEXTILE

 

Can Science be art? PRINT

 

How can we represent life in colour? PAINT

 

Can Science 

be art?

ELECTRICITY 

What are

 we able to

achieve by changing our technique

with a pen or pencil?

 

Why do people paint things that don`t look realistic?

 

Monoprinting

 

 

Do colours hold meaning? FABRIC

 

How can

sculptures be organic? CLAY

 

Which element

is most

important

in collage? CONSTRUCT

 

DT

How can we make superheroes move?

 

What do we need to consider when designing a coat for Paddington?

How do we make  a moving vehicle?

 

How do we Make a working drawbridge?

 

How can I get my 5 a day?

What makes bridges so

strong?

 

What are seasonal foods and why we should use them?

 

What is the purpose of a story sack and how can we make one?

How do we use conductors in games?

 

What makes a musical

instrument?

 

How can people

live on fault lines?

 

What is more important to design: aesthetic or functionality?

 

How can I incorporate technical knowledge into my product?

HISTORY

Are superheroes real?

 

Would you like to go to the moon?

 

Are our toys different to our parents or our grandparents?

How did London change as a result of the Great Fire?

 

Why does Norwich have a castle and how has its use

changed over time?

 

 

How true is the quote ' Egypt

is the Gift of

the Nile'?

 

In what ways

are the

rivers and

broads

important?

How has Great Yarmouth

changed?

 

What was

Britain like

before the

Romans and

how did it

change?

 

How did the

ancient Greeks change history?

Is village

life in

Coltishall

the same

as life was

in an

Anglo-Saxon village?

 

The silk road

 

Who ruled Anglo-Saxon Britain?

What makes Norwich a fine city?

 

How did Britain and the allies win the war?

 

Why do the Vikings have a bad reputation?

GEOGRAPHY

Where do we live?

 

What happens

in Winter?

 

What happens in Summer?

 

What happens in Spring?

 

What do we notice about Coltishall Primary School?

 

 

 

 

What is it like to live in Coltishall?

 

Would I rather live in Kenya or in Coltishall?

Europe and its rivers. What do they have in common?

 

In what ways

are the

rivers and

broads

important?

 

Where do I

fit in the World?

 

What similarities and differences are there between counties and cities around the UK?

 

 

How do we

show coastlines

on a map?

 

How was the

Norfolk Coast

formed?

 

What are the

features of

Blakeney Point?

 

Why do

earthquakes and eruptions happen?

 

Why do people

live on fault lines?

 

How does the geography of

Greece affect how people live there?

 

What is the Mediterranean

like?

Why is Norfolk

so well

suited to 

farming?

 

Where are mountains in the world?

What makes

the Americas?

 

What causes changes in

climate?

 

Has Norwich

always

looked the

same?

SCIENCE

 

What happens

in Autumn?

 

Are all animals the same?

 

What happens in Winter?

 

What can our 5 senses tel us?

 

Why do water

toys float?

 

Why are we

called WIllow

Class?

 

What happens in Spring?

 

What happens in Summer?

 

 

 

Why do animals and plants live in different habitats?

 

How do animals grow and change?

 

Why are animals and plants that live in Africa different to UK?

 

Materials

 

Healthy Me

 

What do plants need to grow and survive?

Are magnets useful?

 

Can I jump on

my own shadow?

 

Do plants and animals need

the same to survive?

 

What makes

rocks different?

How are coastal organisms

connected?

 

What type of

organism lives

on the Norfolk

Coast?

 

 

How do we use electricity?

and How can

we use

electricity

safely?

 

 

Where does

sound come

from?

 

How do we eat?

 

How can we stay healthy?

 

Pneumatic

systems

 

How does a matter change from a solid, liquid or gas?

 

Do we

continue 

to get

taller

as we get

older?

 

Why do we have day and night?

 

Living things

How can I 

lead a Healthy

life?

 

Is it possible 

to classify

every living

thing?

 

What makes it louder, faster or brighter?

 

Have living things always looked this way?

 

How do my eyes see?

 

 

 

COMPUTING

What can we

do if we are

not sure about something on

the internet?

 

What is programming?

 

How can we print a picture?

 

What do different types of technology do?

What is an algorithm?

How can

we use

repetition?

 

What is

logical

thinking?

How do we

present our

work?

 

How do we use sequences in programming?

 

How do we record different types of media?

How do we

present different types of data?

 

How does a computer work?

 

What is the internet?

 

What is a variable?

 

What is a spreadsheet?

 

How can I create 3D media?

RE

How does a celebration

bring a

community together?

 

What do Jewish people

remember on Shabbat?

 

What does the cross mean to Christians?

 

How did the universe come

to be?

 

What do my

senses tell me

about the world

of religion and

belief?

 

 

How do Christians belong to their faith family?

 

Why is light an important symbol?

 

What does the nativity story teach Christians about Jesus?

 

How do Jews

celebrate 

passover?

 

Why do people have different views about the idea of God?

How do people express

commitment

to religions

and beliefs

in different

ways?

 

What is

Philosophy?

How do people make moral decisions?

 

What is the

Trinity?

 

What do

Muslims

believe about

God?

What do

people believe about God?

 

What is truth?

 

Why is truth important to

Sikhs?

 

Why do

Christians celebrate Christmas differently?

 

What do we mean by sacrifice?

 

Is believing in God reasonable?

 

How has belief

in Christianity/

Islam impacted on music and

art throughout history?

 

How do Hindus make sense of the world?

 

What difference

does the 

ressurection 

have to

Christians?

Theology: How do Buddhists explain suffering in the world?

 

Theology: Science &

religion - conflicting or complementary?

 

Philosophy: What does it mean to be human? Is being happy the greatest purpose in life?

 

Social Science: How do beliefs shape identity for Muslims?

Social Science: How does religion bring peace and conflict?