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.