As your children transfer through school, the staff at Green Gates will ensure that they do so with the correct level of support and care needed for them to succeed.
So, what can you expect when your child transfers into a new phase? How can you help as a parent and how will school support you?
When your child begins Nursery
We know that when your child starts Nursery, both you and them will have a mixture of emotions. Your little one will be full of excitement but will also be feeling a little nervous too. We do lots of things to help ease new starters (and parents) into school life including:
- Our Nursery team will come and visit you in the family home so that your child can familiarise themselves with the adults they will be seeing each day;
- If your child has attended a private nursery, staff will discuss your child’s needs with them also;
- Parents/ carers will receive an information pack which includes a school prospectus;
- Parents will be invited into Nursery for their child’s first session.
When your child moves into Reception
When they are ready to move into Reception, pupils move from nursery, where they attend either mornings or afternoons, to full time school. We do lots of things to help aid this transition including:
- An information session will be held for parents where the EYFS leader provide you information regarding uniform, times of the school day, the curriculum etc.
- Following the information session, parents are invited into school to share a school meal with their child.
- Pupils will begin to spend some time in the Reception classroom and on the main school playground. This ensures that the children get used to the surroundings.
- Pupils will move into their new Reception class for the final 2 weeks of the Summer term, prior to the Summer holidays. This gives them the opportunity to work with the Reception staff and get used to the routines etc.
When your child moves from Reception into Key Stage 1
At the end of the Summer term, we hold a 2 week transition event. This means that our Reception pupils move into Year 1 in July. Prior to this, staff meet to discuss each individual child – their strengths, talents, needs and areas for development. This dialogue takes place throughout the Summer term so that Year 1 teachers have as much information as possible. Alongside this, the Year 1 teachers spend time in the Reception classes, getting to know the pupils and looking at their work.
During the first 3 weeks of the Autumn term, the Year 1 teacher will hold an open afternoon where you will be invited in to meet them and see your child’s new classroom.
When your child moves from year to year
At the end of the Summer term, we hold a 2 week transition event. This means that our pupils all move into the next year group in July. Prior to this, staff meet to discuss each individual child – their strengths, talents, needs and areas for development. This dialogue takes place throughout the Summer term so that receiving teachers have as much information as possible.
During the first 3 weeks of the Autumn term, teachers will hold an open afternoon where you will be invited in to meet them and see your child’s new classroom.
When your child moves to Secondary School
In the early Autumn term of Year 6, parents will be asked to apply to the Local Authority for a Secondary School place. All feeder secondary schools have good links with school and regular visits are made by secondary staff to Green Gates. Staff come into school to run events, meet the children and hold discussions with the upper key stage 2 staff.
Parents will be informed of their child’s secondary school allocation in March and pupils move to their new secondary school at the end of year 6.
We work very hard with the local secondary schools to ensure that you are able to make an informed decision about which secondary school is best for your child and that they will succeed in their new setting. To aid this, we do the following:
- Children and their families are invited to open evenings at the local secondary schools during the year;
- During the Summer Term, the children are invited to attend a short transition period at their chosen secondary school. This is to gain experience and to familiarise themselves with their new school;
- We provide a transition unit in PSHCE. This gives pupils the chance to discuss and portray any anxieties about the upcoming changes;
- Vulnerable children are given additional support and have additional time at their new school during the Summer Term prior to the main transition days.
- The Year 6 and 7 teachers from the feeder schools liaise to create a profile of each pupil and assessment data is shared;
- Year 7 teachers often come to our school to meet with the Year 6 pupils in the Summer Term. The children have the opportunity to ask questions to alleviate anxieties.