To check a learner’s written exercises
By clicking on a word in a learner's ‘Knowledge Organiser’ a teacher can see the written notes that a learner made. They can then give feedback in the app, or personally.
There may be blank words in the Vocabulary I am learning and Vocabulary I already know columns if this word’s written activity hasn’t been reached yet in the topic they are learning about.
To see which learning has been retained
By looking at the ‘Vocabulary I have learned’ column a teacher can see which words a student has learned since using Bedrock. This is key qualitative data showing the impact of Bedrock.
To see which learning is still being activated
By looking at the ‘Vocabulary I am learning’ column a teacher can see which words a learner is still actively learning. They can add to Bedrock’s multimodal teaching by giving in-class examples of this vocabulary to aid deep comprehension.
For differentiated activities in the classroom
The teacher can set a writing task and ask all learners to use words from their personal knowledge organiser (ideally words in the ‘I am learning’ and ‘I have learned’ columns). This encourages consistency, yet differentiation. It also encourages metacognition as learners will think about their Bedrock words outside of Bedrock and how they put this learning into practice.
For whole class activities
Teachers can highlight a tricky word learnt by someone and use this as a teachable moment to discuss vocabulary, asking others in the room for synonyms and antonyms, and using it in a sentence relevant to that lesson.
Look at the ‘11 Fun Vocabulary Games’ doc in your teacher resources tab.
To encourage and reward learners
Creating a positive environment about language and Bedrock is key. Teachers can highlight a tricky word learnt by someone and use this as a teachable moment to discuss vocabulary, asking others in the room for synonyms and antonyms, and using it in a sentence relevant to that lesson.
Mapper knowledge organiser
Vocabulary is added to a learner’s knowledge organiser once a session including that word has been completed. Only the learner can access their knowledge organiser for each subject.
The knowledge organiser provides a place for the learner to revise the explicit teaching of vocabulary and revisit written activities. Every subject has its own knowledge organiser allowing learners to focus on subject-specific understanding when revisiting vocabulary.
Through the knowledge organiser, learners are encouraged to revisit their learning, reflect on their knowledge and rate their confidence in each area of the curriculum. The knowledge organiser houses the vocabulary curriculum for each subject area. The explicit teaching for each word including the definition, description, example, formula and image is displayed for each word.
This organiser is not a static document - including the words students are learning or have already learned over time, the organiser is reactive and changes to display progress over time. If a learner is re-served a word that they have ‘learned’ and answers it incorrectly, it goes into their reteaching queue and moves back to ‘learning.’
Schools can empower learners to use their knowledge organiser as a revision tool. For example, learners can add to their vocabulary notes with additional information that they have learned.
Teachers can access the knowledge organiser report to collate all learners’ writing for a particular subject or class. This is a powerful tool that many teachers use in class to spotlight excellent work that models how to write like a subject expert.
Teachers are able to download the word-level data for their learners' knowledge organiser and quantify the number of words the student is learning. This provides teachers with the ability to track learners' vocabulary improvement across the curriculum in any desired time period.