Transition period helps Northern Parade pupils prepare for new year ahead

Children take part in a story map session at Northern Parade Schools Picture: Mick Young (150664-01)
Children take part in a story map session at Northern Parade Schools Picture: Mick Young (150664-01)
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At Northern Parade Infant and Junior Schools we have been enjoying the second part of transition, writes Kelly Flood.

With the majority of children in Year 6 attending transition weeks at their chosen secondary school, the remaining children at Northern Parade take part in a two-week transition period.

Transition also helps the children gain confidence in new routines and help avoid any anxiety that can sometimes build over the summer break

Kelly Flood

This is the third consecutive year that we have had these weeks and it is proving successful.

During this period, the children settle into their new year groups and classes ready for when they return in September.

They meet their new teacher and classmates and take part in engaging and inspiring learning.

For example, the children that have moved up to Year 2 have been reading Doodling Daniel by Joyce Dunbar.

After reading the story the children are writing and performing their own story maps as well as using this as inspiration for artwork, science and much more.

Transition helps the children gain confidence in new routines and helps avoid any anxiety that can sometimes build over the summer break.

The children come back fresh and keen to learn when they return in September.

Throughout both these weeks we hold various parent workshops so that they are aware of all expectations and how best to support their child’s learning from home.

Both weeks are rounded off by having a whole-school parent picnic so that pupils, parents and teachers can spend time getting to know one another in an informal and friendly setting before leaving to enjoy the summer break.

We have a group of children who we call our Year 6-and-a-half – these are the children who do not have to attend their new secondary schools and therefore remain with us.

They have been enjoying fun and motivating activities.

Having worked so hard this year achieving our best ever SATs results, we are keen 
that they enjoy every remaining minute at Northern Parade.

Recently, the children started building an outdoor pizza oven as part of a recycling project that has been run by our eco-ranger Dr Collins. Another favourite activity has been making playdough for our infant school children to use in activities.

These children are given responsibility as role models, play mentors and learning buddies.

Our transition weeks have been successful and everyone is excited for when they return in September.