Transition at any time in our lives can cause anxiety and we take supporting smooth transition seriously at Upton. We want children to feel safe, secure and comfortable, and staff to have an awareness of the individual needs of the children to ensure continuity and progression. 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 ensure that children who may find changes difficult are supported in their transition through additional visits to their new class, time to meet their new teachers in a more individualised setting and through the use of Social Stories.
Year 6 Transitions
At Upton, we want to ensure the best possible start to secondary school life for our pupils who leave us.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.
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 undertake transition work in Term 6, they visit their new schools on taster days and we invite the secondary school teachers in to meet their new pupils. Alongside this, our learning mentors and Year 6 class teachers will liaise closely with the pastoral support teams in our local secondary schools to secure additional visits and support as required for individual children.
Due to the current COVID19 pandemic some of the 'normal' transition arrangements have been unable to happen.
Y6 Transition to Minsthorpe
Minsthorpe have provided alternative arrangements for this academic year in light of this. Please follow the link to open the dedicated page for Year 6 transitions. We have been informed that this will continue to be regularly updated by the school.
They have also made a transition booklet which can downloaded by clicking on the the following link.
At Minsthorpe the Y7 head of year would usually be doing a visit with your Y6 children around this time. As this has been unable to happen they have instead created a video for your children to watch. Click here to watch the video.
Minsthorpe have also provided a dedicated email address for any Year 6 transition questions. The email address is Year6questions@minsthorpe.cc
Y6 Transitions to Carleton High School
For up to date information for pupils transition please click on the link below where there is a dedicated page for carers, parents and pupils.
For the latest transition newsletter click here.
Please click the link for the video message to parents. http://ow.ly/6xKA50AgfBF