Moving to a different school, or even a different class within the same school, can be daunting for pupils, whatever age they are. Here we have collected together tried and tested resources for easing the transition process, to support pupils – and their teachers.
Early Years transitions
A welcome letter to send to Year 1 children to explain how Year 1 will be different from Reception and to ease the transition.
A few ideas to smooth transition and a booklet for Reception children to make for their new teacher.
Ideas and suggestions to ease the process.
Transition from KS1 to KS2
Two letter templates for pupils and teacher to introduce themselves at the start of the year.
Advice on creating a smooth transition from Year 2 to Year 3.
A simple social story and a positive and reassuring booklet that can be filled in to support anxious pupils.
A colourful, animated PowerPoint presentation aimed at discussing transition with pupils who are moving on to new classes or schools.
Transition from primary to secondary
Postcards to support transition. Year 6 pupils write down issues or concerns, to which Year 7 students reply.
Postcard templates for parents to support their child on the transition to secondary.
A lesson plan, a certificate and a presentation for Year 7 teachers to take along when getting to know primary teachers and Year 6 students.
See three secondary schools’ methods for transition and induction.
What one head of Year 7 does to ease the transition to secondary school.
Practical summary for supporting autistic pupils during transitions.
Scheme of work for transitioning students with ASD.
A set of notes for teachers giving practical advice and strategies for easing transitions for students with Down’s Syndrome.
A report on the experiences of transition from school to further education for children with Down’s syndrome.
This short video shows how one school meets the needs of present and future SEN pupils.
Your New Class
Getting to know you – secret agent files for pupils to complete and add their photo.
A passport-style booklet for pupils to fill in.
50 suggestions for activities to do when meeting your new class, either on a transition day or for the first day of term.
Three templates to find out information about your new class.
A booklet template with categories for pupils to add their details.
A poster for pupils to sign after agreeing on the rights and responsibilities in class.
A way of getting children to feel responsible for their surroundings and to involve pupils in the class community.
Ideas for displays, posters and activities to get to know a new class.