From Reception to Year One
We aim to make the transition from Reception to Year One as smooth as possible for our children.
Before Transition day we ensure all children have met the Year One adults through visiting their classrooms and working with them for a short time e.g. reading a story at the end of the day. Furthermore Reception children have the opportunity to visit Year One when participating in the Fraction Museum. Then on Transition day itself the children spend the whole day with their new teacher and teaching assistant getting them feeling comfortable with coming to Year One.
Our classrooms are set up in a very similar way with different areas of learning including a reading corner, role play, small world area as well as a writing and maths area.
We use structured practical activities alongside opportunities to work with the teacher and teaching assistant with the focus of the first half term being developing independent working.
An example being the children have been cutting and sticking pictures from a story while the teacher or teaching assistant works with a small group of children writing their news.
This will develop further along in the year where children will be working independently on the same task but will be differentiated for their needs using tricky, taxing and tough levels. The children are allowed to choose the level of difficulty, but are guided in their choices to ensure they can show their best.
There is always a large liaison with Reception staff so we know whether children are emerging, expected or exceeded and therefore we are able to cater for individual needs and ensure all children are suitably challenged.
Year 2 Transitions
From Year 1 to Year 2.
The transition begins when the children visit Year 2 on Induction Day.
The children focus on addressing their 'worries' about coming into Year 2. The work is based on a story by Anthony Browne which the children love. They make worry dolls to take all their worries away...
During the last half term, all of the children's work is completed in Maths and English transition books. This is a great way to show off their abilities and knowledge so that they can match or beat it in Year 2.
From Year 2 to Year 3.
Throughout the year, the children visit Chetwynd School to watch assemblies and concerts. In return the Chetwynd Year 3s visit us too! In the Summer Term the transition becomes more formal and the children have an opportunity to visit the classrooms and to have a tour of the school led by the Year 3 children. Chetwynd School Council visit the children in our setting and answer any questions or worries they may have.
During the last half term, all of the children's work is completed in Maths and English transition books. This is a great way to show off their abilities and knowledge so that they can match or beat it in Year 3.
Induction Day applies to all schools in Warwickshire, so children who are not going on to Chetwynd, still have the opportunity to visit their new setting. We follow this by sending transition books to the new school. Their new teachers are always welcome to visit.