Knowledge for curious minds

Knowledge is power. Information is liberation. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.

Kofi Annan

Having broad general knowledge is important both academically and socially, helping you make informed decisions and build a mental model of how the world works. Expansive general knowledge gives the confidence to engage with others, contextualises understanding of more specialised learnings and helps our children appreciate a variety of cultures on their paths to being good citizens of the world.

We have introduced the House General Knowledge Competition, a way to gamify learning and expand the children’s knowledge. The children completed the quizzes in 3 teams of combined year groups; Years 1+2, Years 3+4 and Years 5+6. The results were announced a week later, with all the houses performing impressively:

Wellington – 28/30 points

Thackeray – 29/30 points

Chalybeate – 30/30 points

How can you help out of school?

Reading – Encouraging children to read a range of books helps build general knowledge. Make sure to include non-fiction such as encyclopedias, news, and biographies.

Media – Exposure to age-appropriate media is a great way to build knowledge. Magazines such as ‘The Week’ or ‘Aquila’ are full of information children can easily digest. YouTube Kids is a child-friendly way to allow your child access to the plethora of educational video content on the platform.

Games and Quizzes – A great way to have fun while your family learns all sorts of interesting things! There are lots of board games out there that are based on general Knowledge. Family Trivial Pursuit or a creating your own family quizzes are fantastic ways to boost general knowledge.

Trips – Museums and days out anchor learned information to memorable experiences, making them easier to retain and recall, increasing general knowledge in an engaging, practical way.