At East Ward Community Primary school we recognise that transition is a process and not event. Please click on the link below to find out how our Early Years Foundation Stage children are supported with transition through the Early Years Foundation Stage and on into Key Stage 1.
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 three 'Welcoming Wednesday' sessions in their new classroom with their new teacher. During these sessions, children will complete a piece of work for their class's 'Family Board' which is displayed outside each classroom. The theme of these boards is 'everyone is welcome' and reinforces that there are no outsiders in our school. During the summer term, the current class teacher will support the children with the transition by having open discussions about what they may expect in their new year group and will offer support to children who may have concerns.
Children with additional needs will be supported by staff in school, including the Pupil Wellbeing Officer and SENDCo, in an tailored transition. Parents will be involved in this to ensure they play a key part in supporting their child's transition.
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 are always kept informed with any information regarding transition.