At Sunny Bank Primary School, we recognise that transition is a process and not an event. We want our children to experience smooth transitions so that the quality of learning is maintained and children continue to make the very best progress. We, as a school, support children through these transition points, ensuring they are as smooth as possible and very importantly that our children are happy.
When children transition to a new year group, they will take part in two ‘meet the teacher’ transition sessions. During these sessions, children will partake in activities with their new teacher. These activities may include ‘getting to know you’ activities and teambuilding exercises.
Children with additional needs will be supported by staff in school, including the SENCO, in a tailored transition. For some children, the thought of moving to a new class or school can be daunting, and therefore, in discussion with parents and carers, an enhanced transition plan may be created to alleviate any worries or concerns.
Teachers will meet in the summer term to discuss individual pupils and their progress as they move to the next class. Within these meetings, teachers will discuss where each individual child is working at academically, the wellbeing and development of each child and any other relevant information. This means that prior to ‘meet your teacher’ sessions, the class teacher has already extended their understanding of the children in their class, so that relationships can be built.
When children are in Year 6 and getting prepared to move onto secondary school, our Year 6 teachers work with local high schools to plan for a smooth transition. Children have the opportunity to visit their new schools and secondary staff are invited into school to work with the children in class. Year 6 teachers support transition through the use of texts which open up discussions around the move to high school. The DSL and SENDCo have meetings with secondary schools to ensure plans are put in place for pupils who may find change particularly challenging and to ensure sensitive information is passed on. School ensures parents and carers are always kept informed with any information regarding transition.
For our Transition Policy, please visit our Statutory Policies page.