Knowledge is power!

We have spent the start of term talking a lot about the importance of learning and gaining knowledge- not just to do well in exams but to also have the facts to make sense of the world we live in!  
I think it is helpful to think of 4 really important bits to this:
(a) Acquiring knowledge in the first place.  This is why it is so important to be in school in the first place and to be actively engaged in lessons so that the brain is starting to store facts.  What we learn in school can be added to, for example by independent research, chatting to adults and watching the news regularly.
(b) Organising knowledge.  Over time, we learn lots of things.  At some point we need to organise what we know- a bit like a sorting exercise for the brain! Some people use mindmaps, other people like flash cards or knowledge organisers. You need to find what works for you so try different things.
(c) Memorising knowledge.  This is the bit most of us find hardest.  How do we get our brain to be able to recall specific facts and link them together? We have to train our brain to do this as it will not automatically happen.
(d) Applying knowledge.  It is not enough to know a list of facts.  We need to practice how we can use these facts in different contexts.  This is where online tools such as My Maths, Doddle and BBC Bitsesize are brilliant- as are past papers from your teachers.
For parents and carers, please do not hesitate to contact us if you need advice on resources and revision guides that can support learning.  We are always keen to sign post resources.
Good luck!

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