Effective transition at all stages is essential to ensure that children feel safe within the learning environment. At Woodhouse Community Primary School we have systems in place to ensure that transition is as smooth as possible for all of our pupils.
Transition at any stage of a child’s school career is crucial and here at Woodhouse Community Primary School, we support both children and parents and carers in a variety of ways to ensure a smooth transition.
Little Rainbows into Nursery:
All children start Little Rainbows the term after their second birthday. Prior to starting, the children and parent / carer are visited in their home by Mrs Byrne, Early Years Manager and a Key Worker. On starting Little Rainbows, dependent upon the needs of the individual child, a graduated session is offered (Eg. 1 hour for day 1, 1.5 hours on day 2 etc). On leaving Little Rainbows, the final half-term is carefully planned to include activities within the main Unit, again, on a needs basis.
Nursery into Reception:
If the children do not already access Little Rainbows, they are invited for a series of visits into Nursery prior to their start date, along with parents / carers. This is a graduated approach according to the needs of each individual child. In preparation for children starting Reception, Parents / Carers are invited to a meeting to discuss changes to their child’s current routine. New children and parents / carers are invited to attend graduated weekly sessions, dependent on the needs of the individual child.
Reception into Year 1:
In Summer term preceding Year 1, Reception children join the whole school in assemblies, singing practices, play-times etc. Visits to the Year 1 classroom / teacher are carefully planned to integrate children into new routines and environment. We meet with parents and carers to discuss new routines and curriculum in Year 1. On entry into Year 1, this process of integration with Reception continues, through shared access to the Early Years garden / playtimes etc. The children all enjoy Moving Up Morning in the Summer Term.
Transition between classes
At Woodhouse Community Primary School, we work closely within each milestone so children become familiar with each staff team. Transition is treated the same at every juncture and children are given the opportunity to take part in ‘Moving Up’ morning where children spend time with their new class teacher and support staff in their new classroom. During the summer term staff meet to share information and for those children who require provision that is additional to or different from quality first teaching we make additional arrangements to support these children through the transition. This can include spending additional time in their new classroom, visiting their new classroom with their current member of support staff, beginning transition arrangements earlier in the Summer Term or photographs of their new classroom to take home and talk about with Parents and Carers during the Summer holidays. The support provided is tailored to the needs of individual children and will be discussed with parents and carers and the child.
Transition into Key Stage Three
Once Secondary School places have been allocated, staff from Year 6, SENCO and PSA liaise with secondary colleagues, children and families in order to ensure they are fully prepared for the next stage of their education. All Durham Secondary schools have transition days where your child can meet their new class teacher and their classmates. They will also have opportunities to participate in sample lessons.
As part of our transition package, the SENCO will ensure that all SEND information is passed onto the next school to ensure that they are fully aware of any additional needs your child may have. The SENCO will work closely with families to ensure that the needs of the individual are met to the best of her ability. For example, extra transition visits for both parents and pupils, involvement of SENDIASS (formerly Durham Parent Partnerships) or support around the social or emotional well-being of the pupil.
Joining our school at other times
If your child joins our school during a Key Stage or mid-way through the academic year, systems are in place to aid their transition from their previous school. When you visit our school, the Head Teacher, Mrs Page, will give you a tour and your child will have opportunities to see their new classroom and meet their teacher. If your child has SEND, our SENCO will liaise with the SENCO from your child’s previous school to ensure that we have the required information to enable us to support your child fully. It would be beneficial if you could discuss your child’s needs with us and share any information you have when you visit.
Leaving our school
If your child leaves Woodhouse Community Primary School the SENCO will ensure that all SEND information is passed onto the next school to ensure that they are fully aware of any additional needs your child may have.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school * to arrange an appointment with the SENCO Mrs Byrne