Transition

Our aim at Nyewood Church of England Junior School is to provide a smooth transition for children joining us not only from Nyewood CE Infant School but other Infant Schools in the area. At Nyewood we are fully aware of what a challenging and daunting time the transition period can be, both for children and parents. Therefore, we are continually assessing our transition arrangements in order to provide the best transition process we possibly can in order to nurture and care for your child. Transition Day for Year 2 - 2015 As well as the more ‘formal’ process of transition, Nyewood Junior and Infant Schools work closely together throughout the year. This includes infant children watching key productions and performances at the Junior School and vice-versa as well as children sharing the field during lunchtimes in the summer months. Our current formal transition arrangements begin at the end of the Spring term when the Infant School staff look at their current children. This information is then used to help group them into three classes. A number of factors are taken into account when grouping the children in order to try and achieve a ‘best fit’. These include: friendships, academic ability (all classes are mixed ability) and a balance between the number of girls and boys. Once this has been established, our Year 3 class teachers meet the current Year 2 teachers to spend time to discuss each individual child in terms of their academic ability, social ability and their personality. Year 2 children are then ‘buddied’ with a Year 3 child and carry out a number of visits and activities with their buddy, their new class teacher and teaching assistant throughout the summer term, in order to become more familiar with their new surroundings. This culminates in a full Transition Day at the beginning of July where the Year 2 children will spend a full day in their new Year 3 class with their new teacher. A ‘New Parents Meeting’ is also held at Nyewood CE Junior School at the beginning of July in order to introduce ourselves and provide information regarding our school. This also gives you a chance to meet your child’s new class teacher and look around their classroom.