“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
knowledge matters: creating knowledge-rich classrooms
A broad knowledge-base is the key to reading comprehension, and reading is the key to academic success, so designing and teaching knowledge-rich curricula should be at the heart of everything we do. Knowledge Matters guides you through creating and teaching knowledge-rich curricula that put children on the path to academic success.
Knowledge Matters focuses on three strands of knowledge-rich schooling: rationale, curriculum and pedagogy.
The rationale charts a path through the evidence and research to provide a clear overview of why knowledge matters to academic success, and why a broad knowledge base is vital to many of things we care about in education: reading and writing success, and skills such as critical thinking and problem solving.
Knowledge Matters also delves into what a knowledge-rich curriculum entails. Far from learning and regurgitating a list of unrelated facts, we explore how to create a narrative thread through the curriculum, developing and returning to key themes in vertical threads between year groups so that learning builds upon prior knowledge, and in horizontal links between different subject areas so that children apply knowledge across different areas of learning.
And you will be guided through the pedagogy that should be at the heart of the knowledge-rich school. You will unravel the complex relationship between direct teaching and discovery based approaches, explore why we should be ‘the sage on the stage’ for novice learners and ‘the guide on the side’ for more expert learners, and how we can ensure that children’s learning sticks, so that they become knowledge-rich.
Many schools are turning to knowledge organisers to set out in greater depth the knowledge that they want their children to learn. In simple terms, a knowledge organiser specifies on a single sheet of a4 the knowledge and vocabulary children are expected to learn on a given topic. Done well they can be an invaluable curriculum planning tool, can support children’s learning and provide a useful framework for assessment.
Knowledge Organisers training shows you how to create and use these organisers, leads you through key principles in their creation, guides you through successful implementation, and navigates you away from common pitfalls when designing and using them.
The training focuses on three key roles and benefits of knowledge organisers:
- a supportive tool for organising thinking about curriculum content to identify which vital knowledge should be taught, and a powerful aid for effective curriculum design
- a powerful learning tool which supports children learning within curriculum topics and improves long-term retention
- an invaluable assessment tool against which children’s knowledge and understanding of curriculum topics can be assessed and measured
Throughout the training, you will be guided through the process of guiding and using knowledge organisers, and each year group will be able to design their very first knowledge organiser for one of their curriculum topics.