St Joseph's Catholic Primary School


Knowledge Mats


We are introducing a new idea into school to help us develop children’s knowledge and understanding of the world. Each half term, starting from January, children will bring home a document called a KNOWLEDGE MAT.  This document contains the essential knowledge that children will need to know as part of the new topic they will be studying in class.


These Knowledge Mats are designed to be used at home by parents to help children learn the information contained within.  We want every pupil to be able to recall the information on these sheets off by heart by the end of the topic. 


The best way to use the Knowledge Mat at home is as follows -


  • Children read the information from the section to be learned (possibly with an adult)
  • They then try and recall the information (this can be written down or verbally)
  • An adult tests them on the information
  • The key to success is to repeat this regularly over the week
  • Knowledge will be tested regularly in class through mini-quizzes throughout the week
  • It is also important to keep revising the information that has already been learned in previous weeks to keep it fresh in the memory


We are confident that these Knowledge Mats will help our children to develop knowledge on a wide range of topics and will significantly improve their vocabulary. This, in turn, will make them more confident in class and help to develop their reading and writing skills.


Autumn Term

Autumn 1 Science

Year 3 and 4 Autumn 1 Light Knowledge Mat

Year 5 and 6 Autumn 1 Living Things and Their Habitats

Knowledge Mat

 Autumn 2 Science

Year 3 and 4 Autumn 2 Rocks Knowledge Mat

Autumn 1 History

Year 3 and 4 Autumn 1 Boudicca Knowledge Mat

Autumn 2 Geography

Year 1 and 2 Autumn 2 Globe Trotters Knowledge Mat

Year 3 and 4 Autumn 2 Mapping Knowledge Mat

Year 5 and 6 Autumn 2 North and South America Knowledge Mat

Spring Term

Spring 1 Science

Spring 2 Science

Spring 1 History

Spring 2 Geography

Year 1 and 2 Spring 2 Where I Live Knowledge Mat

Summer Term

Summer 1 Science

Summer 2 Science

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