Earlier in 2020 we created a new knowledge organiser board with and for a partner primary school. The idea from the Head was that the children and teachers would have permanently on display their knowledge organiser for that term. But it would also need to be responsive to adapt and be accessible to children or staff to help everyone keep their bearings, as a compass might, in the curriculum which can so often be a bit disorientating.
So we agreed between us to call it the 'Curriculum Compass' design and after a year like no other, the knowledge organiser boards were found a home on the wall of each class from nursery to year 6.
The Curriculum Compass design has
- 3 x document holders for quick and easy sheet storage/retrieval
- 6 x removable dry wipe pen magnetic sheets for easy on/off info changes
- full colour backdrop on white with dry-wipe & magnetic properties
- 900mm x 900mm dimensions
The school has VERY kindly let us share some photos of how they're starting off using the Curriculum Compass Knowledge Organiser Boards.
Here's a great photo showing how the teacher has used a mixture of pre-printed & hand written materials - all of which are interchangeable to give the most flexibility and encourage focus at the same time.
Here's another great photo showing how the teacher has used a mixture of pre-printed & hand written materials, written on the boards itself as well as on the reposition-able pieces that loosely magnetise in place.
Here's another great photo from key stage 1 we think showing how the teacher has used a mixture of pre-printed & hand written materials and kept the board less busy. We wondered if a conversation had gone on with children about what a compass actually was? Mental note: Must ask about this!
This last fabulous insight into the classroom just reminds us that the whole thing is a journey. The foot prints along the bottom hopefully remind everyone of their journey, where they've been and where they're going to, guided by incredible teachers making the most of their Curriculum Compass Knowledge Organiser Boards!