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Plaistow Primary School

Knowledge Organisers

For pupils to succeed, they must have a foundation of factual knowledge, understand those facts in the context of a conceptual framework and organise knowledge in order to facilitate retrieval and application.

We understand that our working memory capacity is limited, so by storing more in our long-term memory, we can free up working memory capacity. With careful design and use of knowledge organisers, we can construct schemas, complex architectures of knowledge stored in long-term memory, with a view to automating their use.

Each theme is supported by a Knowledge Organiser which details the key facts, vocabulary and skills for each unit. This is sent home in advance of the unit, allowing children to make a head start on their learning. We expect the majority of children to be able to remember all of the information on the KO by the end of the unit of work and ask that parents support their child with learning this at home.

Here is an example of one of our bespoke Plaistow Knowledge Organisers:

Autumn Term Knowledge Organisers

Year 1 - The Three Snow Bears

Year 2 - The Hundred Decker Bus

Year 3 - Here We AreYear 4 - Snow White in New York

Year 5 - Shackleton's Journey

Year 6 - Letters From The Lighthouse

Spring Term Knowledge Organisers

Year 1 - Astro GirlYear 2 - The Minpins

Year 3 - The First Drawings

Year 4 -Escape from Pompeii

Year 5 - Hidden Figures

Year 6 - Africa, Amazing Africa

Summer Term Knowledge Organisers

Year 1 - Paddington

Year 2 - Where the Forest Meets the Sea

Year 3 - The Egyptian Cinderella

Year 4 - Beowulf

Year 5 - Mythologica

Year 6 - The Tempest