Tes Secondary: GCSE knowledge organisers

Tara Wright
29th March 2019
GCSE knowledge organisers revision

Get students exam-ready with this selection of knowledge organisers across a broad range of KS4 subjects from our GCSE revision collection

Help students prepare for GCSE and organise years worth of learning using knowledge organisers prepared by teachers for students from our very own GCSE revision collection. With exams right around the corner, it's now time for students to start thinking about helping themselves and taking charge of their own revision but understandably - knowing how to revise is a challenge for even the most commited students.

To ensure your pupils get off on the right foot, we’ve collated a sample of knowledge organisers to help students condense lengthy topics and exam papers down in to bite-size, revisable chunks all of which can be found in our GCSE revision collection.

English & Languages

Romeo and Juliet Knowledge Organiser/ Revision Mat!

This detailed and visually-appealing resource offers a complete reference point for students learning or revising William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet.' It contains comprehensive sections on:
- Context;
- Scene by Scene Summary (with quotes);
- Main Characters;
- Themes;
- Dramatic Devices;
- Features of Tragedy.
Key words and ideas are underlined for easy reference. The resource is designed to be printed onto A3, and is provided as both a PDF and a Word version (so that you can edit if you want to). All images used are licensed for commercial use and are cited on a separate document (included).
By TandLGuru

Knowledge Organiser: Language and Structural Terminology

The knowledge organiser is essentially an analysis terminology sheet, offering students key structural and language terminology and analytical verbs plus words to use for effect on the reader.

It's aimed at AQA Language Paper 1 but can be adapted.
By laurajholder

Macbeth GCSE Knowledge Organiser / Revision Sheet

Great teaching and revision resource for teachers and students. Fully editable and designed to be printed onto one side of A3. Perfect for sticking into students’ books. Covers: scene summaries with key quotes; context; character summaries; themes; form and meter; the structure of a tragedy; motifs and symbols; key vocabulary underlined.

By miss_fletcher

French Writing mats - tenses and vocab

I made a collection of Writing mats for y7, y8, and KS4 French last year and the students found them really helpful so here they are.
They include basic verb conjugations in different tenses, and useful vocab to include in writing (opinions, time phrases, connectives, ...). I've made different slides for different levels/years.
By Lisambre

Writing mat for past tense

Contains a summary of sentence starters, modal verbs, opinions, infinitive clauses, relative clauses etc to help students to improve their past tense writing.
By sommersprossen


Selection of Maths Revision Learning Mats covering lower-end Higher Topics

12 separate worksheets which focus on the lower end of the higher specification. Sheets are best used when photocopied up to A3. Topics are revised through a selection of created questions, and past exam questions.

Appropriate for Year 10 and 11 Set 2 and 3.
By Dan Scovell

Area & Perimeter - Knowledge Organiser

One A4 page Knowledge Organiser including Need-to-Know facts, Keywords, Exam Question, MathsWatch clip numbers, Worksheet links and Curriculum Flowchart.

Aimed at KS4 students. Especially for schools who are using a knowledge based curriculum.

Updated July 2018

By CapeTownTeacher

GCSE revision checklists

Here is a "mind map" of all of the gcse topics students need to know for the GCSE maths exam.

There is a foundation and higher version.

(For an editable version visit my website! https://www.missbanks.co.uk/revision-checklists)
By Alison Banks

Maths Learning Mat - KS3/KS4

A learning mat I produced to be laminated and out on all desks to give students a first place to look for help. Works well to encourage independence.

By maths_and_quizzes

Science and Technology

GCSE Science Knowledge Organisers NEW AQA

Knowledge organisers for students to use throughout a topic. Useful for revision and for recall-based starters. Will upload more when created.
By ilovecake5

GCSE Edexcel 9-1 Combined Science Chemistry Knowledge Organisers (CC1-CC12)

A set of knowledge organisers for Edexcel 9-1 Combined Science Chemistry for the first 5 topics (CC1 - CC12 using the Pearson identifiers). The knowledge organisers look good printed out on A3 and are a useful revision aid. Each topic has 3 sheets one for Higher, Standard and a support sheet giving a total of 24 sheets. CC13-17 available soon.

By comfyteach

AQA Trilogy Magnetism and Electromagnetism Knowledge Organiser

Factsheet outlining key concepts for this unit
By AndrewLilly1

Wired and Wireless Networks Revision

This visually appealing knowledge organiser helps pupils revise the wired and wireless networks section of the GCSE in Computer Science. Written originally for OCR Computer Science (J276), it is also suitable for helping pupils revise for other exam boards.

One PDF document contains the knowledge organiser and the second PDF document includes tips of revision techniques allowing pupils to pick a technique they prefer. Once they have revised the topic, they can attempt the 6 mark exam practice question on the second sheet and mark it themselves using the mark scheme included.

This resource makes an ideal homework task, can be used as part of a lesson or given to pupils to help them with their exam revision.


  • LAN and WAN
  • Factors that affect eh performance of the network
  • Hardware needed to connect a stand-alone computer to a LAN
  • Client-server and peer-to-peer networks,
  • Domain Name servers (DNS)
  • Hosting
  • The cloud and
  • Virtual networks

For a high-quality PDF student workbook on systems security that includes detailed theory, tasks and the answers visit https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/wired-and-wireless-networks-11937022

Check out these other great revision knowledge organisers by Nichola Wilkin (nwilkin):


By nwilkin


9-1 British Medicine: Surgery in the Industrial Revolution Revision Sheet

GCSE British Medicine Through Time
New 2016 Specification
Grades 9-1
Can be used for AQA, Edexcel, OCR or iGCSE exam boards.

Revision/summary sheet covering the progress in surgery during the Industrial Revolution (Antiseptics, Anaesthetic and Aseptic Surgery) including the key individuals James Simpson and Joseph Lister

Part of Medieval 1750-1900 Medicine topic.

Please see my other lessons & resources
Feedback welcome!
By MrThorntonTeach

AQA GCSE: Norman England 1066 – 1100 Revision Placemats (Topic 3)

This resource includes 2 revision placemats covering topic 3 of the new AQA GCSE topic, Norman England 1066 – 1100. Each placemat is titled:

• How did the Norman Conquest affect the English Church?
• Monasticism and Language after the Norman Conquest

These are great for last minute revision or to put on a ‘google classroom’ for all students to look at on their home computers.

If you have found this resource useful or want to get even more value for your money please follow this link to find a bundle of over 30 revision placemats covering a variety of AQA GCSE History topics: Major AQA GCSE History Revision Bundle
By matthew_nolan

GCSE AQA 9-1 Tectonic Hazards Knowledge Organiser and Revision Summaries , Chile and Nepal.

A ready to use resource with no preparation required.

Complete knowledge organiser and revision summary that covers the Natural Hazards and Tectonics Hazards section of the AQA 9-1 GCSE. Contains in a concise and easy to follow format with all the information required, including the subject specific vocabulary. The resource is easily editable to suit your needs but an easy to distribute PDF version is also included.

Contrasting examples are Chile and Nepal. A blank editable comparison table is also included if you have used different examples or want students to create their own.

By Stephen Bennett

Development Dynamics/Challenges of an Urbanising World Knowledge Organiser GCSE Geography Edexcel B

Attached is a knowledge organiser designed to help students revise content for the GSCE geography Edexcel B exam.

This organiser focuses on Development Dynamics (India) and Challenges of an Urbanising World (Mumbai) case studies.

A SWOT analysis is included to demonstrate students have engaged with the material.
By mrsutheran_geog

Christianity Islam Knowledge Organisers AQA

NEW SPEC RELIGIOUS STUDIES AQA KNOWLEDGE ORGANISERS 4 x AQA Component 1 (study of religions) ISLAM + CHRISTIANITY Revision Knowledge Organisers. For GCSE RS Component 1 (study of religions)- made for Spec A - AQA but easily amended. Covers all areas of Christianity and Islam (Beliefs, Teachings, Practices) for component 1.
These can easily be printed out and given to students without even having to explain any of the terminology as all explanation is here for them. There are lots of quotes for students to study and remember, all highlighted in bold with exact Qur’an + Bible references. There is a section for students to complete on each organiser and RAG-rate as they study and test themselves, so they know what they need to come back to. They are all A3 size and would work great as a revision posters for a student’s wall at home. You can find many more inexpensive and free PSHE, Citizenship and RE resources at my shop: EC_Resources
Leave me a review and pick any other resource for free :)

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By EC Resources

AQA Existence of God and Revelation Knowledge Organiser

Knowledge organiser for revision and information for the Theme of Existence of God and Revelation, as part of the GCSE AQA syllabus. It includes key information; case studies and examples; Christian teachings; Muslim teachings; exam requirements and technique and key vocabulary.

It can be used for independent revision, to aid a structured revision timetable and in lessons. My own students have these glued in their books and are encouraged to refer to them during our learning. At the end of the unit, students are asked to go over the statements and highlight (RAG) their knowledge and understanding of the topics, thereby revealing key areas for revision.

Download as an A3 Word document as as an A4 PDF.

Please give feedback! I am always happy to respond to comments - whether positive or constructive - this will help to improve the quality of my resources in the future and, more importantly, the quality of pupils’ RE/RS education in general - which is what we’re all here for!

By CreativeRE


Cardio-Respiratory Revision Mind Map

A revision mind map which is based on the new AQA GCSE PE specification - physiology and anatomy paper 1 - Cardio-Respiratory

It is designed to be printed on A3, however, it can also be printed on A4.
By Tom Lappin

Old Specification - GCSE PE Topics on a Page AQA

I’ve adapted these from a specific company, as I felt they needed to be in colour and were missing a number of key areas on the pages, so I’ve added extra pages and information. These cover all of AQA GCSE PE theory topics and units. You can adapt them for end of topic/unit revision aids, or put them on the back of literacy mats on tables to enhance teaching and learning, as A3 posters, etc.

By AmyFrain

Blood Brothers GCSE 9-1 Drama Flashcards

A Blood Brothers Powerpoint of 20 information slides that can be printed into flashcards for GCSE Drama 9-1 students.
Plot Summary
Social, Cultural and Historical Context
Each area has prompt questions for students to think about.
Also has 9 Prompt GCSE written exam style questions to allow students to attempt to form answers.

By monk19

Knowledge Organisers for Tech Award Health and Social care

Knowledge organisers for componen1, 2 and 3 for the BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care.

Excellent for overview and revision purposes.
By Katiebaylis1983

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