'Learning is for nothing if it's all forgotten'
If students are to remember and learn what we teach them in readiness for the demands of the new GCSE examinations, then we must help them to develop their long term memory skills. Cognitive Science has shown that ‘…if nothing has been retained in long-term memory, nothing has been learned’.
Learning Practice for all years will be in the form of subject specific tasks and learning information found on the subject ‘Knowledge Organisers’. These ‘Knowledge Organisers’ will be given to the students who need to file them in their Learning Knowledge Books that will contain all of their subject based ‘Knowledge Organisers’.
What is a ‘Knowledge Organiser’?
A Knowledge Organiser clarifies for everyone exactly what is being taught. A knowledge organiser is one A4 page for each unit/topic covered and contains the most valuable content that we want students to remember for years to come.
Knowledge Organisers are given to all students at the start of each unit/topic to help them remember what they’re learning. No longer out of sight, out of mind: instead of leaving behind previous units’ content, teachers can recap quickly and easily in lessons. Instead of forgetting all about it, students continually revisit and retrieve prior learning from their memories.
A student will be expected to compile the Knowledge Organiser over the course of the academic year. If they lose it they will be expected to pay £2 for a new one. Having a Knowledge Organiser will be part of the ‘Non-negotiables’ for the Lower and Middle school.
How to use a Knowledge Organiser as a student?
Students self-quiz from one subject’s knowledge organisers every night as part of their Learning Practice, as guided by their teacher.
The Process of using a Knowledge Organiser as a Student
- Cover up one side of the Knowledge Organiser
- Write it out from memory
- Self-check and correct any spelling mistakes, omissions or inaccuracies
- Learn the most valuable knowledge in every subject by heart.
Every student in the year is revising the same subject on the same night. If students are absent for a day or two, or longer-term – they still know exactly what revision to do, precisely which subject to prioritise, every day. Self-quizzing becomes a daily, automated habit for the long-run.
Years 10 and 11 will be given 60 minutes per week Learning Practice for the following subjects:
* Not all students study these subjects