At St. Benedict’s Catholic Primary School, we want to ensure the best possible start to school life. Transition at any time in our lives can cause anxiety and we take supporting smooth transition seriously. The move to the ‘big school’ is an exciting and important time for children and their parents. We feel that children who are supported in a positive way learn to deal with transition whenever it may occur in their lives, and therefore become more confident learners.
We want our children to feel safe, secure and comfortable.
As the lockdown period has interrupted our transition procedures and ‘moving up days’ we have instead supported our children by posting short video clips from their new teacher and teaching assistant to their class page on the school website and sent transition booklets with home learning packs.
In order to make transitions as smooth as possible into Reception, we offered a short school visit for both children and parents and we have contacted nursery settings to liaise with workers prior to the children joining.
We understand that the transition between new classes and Key Stages can be an anxious time for some children. As part of our personalised provision, we ensured that these children were supported in their transition through visits to their new class (either in person, if attending school or via Microsoft Teams) and through the use of Social Stories.
The transition to secondary school is equally exciting for our oldest children, however we are fully aware that some children become anxious at the prospect of leaving behind their familiar primary school in exchange for the hustle and bustle of much larger secondary schools. To support children with this, our Year 6 children were all offered the opportunity to return for planned transition and celebratory activities. Those who chose not to take up this offer were sent a transition booklet.
All of the class contributed with their thoughts, feelings and highlights of primary life, which was published in the Year 6 Leavers book.
Our Year 6 class teacher has liaised with Secondary School colleagues.