Year 2 – Year 3 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.
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. If having discussed the children it may be decided to keep them in their current classes.
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.
Year 6 – Year 7 Transition
Year 6 is a very important time for the children and one of our aims at Nyewood CE Junior School is to prepare them for the next stage in their school career. The move from Year 6 to Year 7 can be daunting but also very exciting and we work alongside all the local secondary schools to make this transition as smooth and stress-free as possible.
The main secondary schools that we feed to are:
The process starts at the beginning of Year 6 when our closest secondary school, The Regis, visits the children to explain the types of changes they can expect and all the opportunities that will be on offer. Year 7 pupils will also visit our school to conduct question and answer sessions with our children to give them a different perspective.
The Year 6 teachers liaise closely with all the schools that our children will be attending to create a profile of assessment data and transition needs for each child. All secondary schools send a representative member of staff to meet the children and discuss with them what their new school will be like.
During the summer term all Year 6 children attend their prospective secondary schools for a Transition Day where they meet their form tutors and take part in lessons. The Felpham & Bognor group of schools work together closely and all Year 6 children produce a project that can be passed up to their new school.
Also during Year 6, the children are involved in different activities led by the secondary schools, which help in the transition process e.g. sports sessions, maths lessons, library tasters and ICT sessions.
How do I apply?
When your child begins Year 6, you will automatically be sent the details of how to access your application forms online, which normally need to be submitted by the autumn half term break. Listed on the form will be the secondary school that your child will automatically have a place allocated for. If you would prefer to try for another school then you will need to put that on the form, but it would be advisable to check out the school’s admission’s criteria.
Secondary Schools normally hold official Open Days/Evenings either in the summer or autumn term. It can be difficult deciding which school to go to but our best advice would be to go to their Open Days or book an appointment with the Headteacher to visit the school during the day. Take your child with you – you’ll be surprised how much you’ll learn about each school by going to visit.