Moving to a different school can be daunting for pupils. The "moving to secondary" section of the transition collection on TES Resources will help pupils come to terms with the new experiences ahead.
Starfish1954 has uploaded a colourful PowerPoint presentation on any worries or questions Year 6 pupils might have about moving up to secondary. It asks pupils to focus on issues such as how they will travel to school, what they will miss about primary school, and how they can make new friends. There is also a useful booklet and website, called "Sussing out your secondary school", where pupils can fill in their memories of primary school and nominate teachers or support staff who made them feel happy there.
To make the lesson even more interactive, download one of the "postcards" in the collection - parents can send their child a postcard to support them in transition or Year 6 pupils can write postcards with questions on them and receive a response from a Year 7 pupil in their new school (both Harris School).
For secondary teachers, there is a useful lesson plan for visits to Year 6 classes, uploaded by sandtondoll. Year 7s can introduce the primary pupils to PowerPoint and award them with a certificate, promoting interaction and helping the Year 6s feel more "grown up".
Songs, poems and plays to send them off
One of the most touching aspects of being a primary teacher is watching pupils blossom and move on, and this collection of leavers' assemblies and other activities will help to mark their departure.
ElaineBengston has supplied a Doctor Who-themed play that pupils and teachers could perform, where pupils go back in time to when they were in reception.
SueRussell has uploaded an "ode" that the whole class can take part in. There is also a play based on the TV programme Big Brother, where pupils perform "tasks" to secure passage into Year 7.
Odsbods has written some alternative lyrics to the song Don't Stop Believing by Journey, where pupils can insert the name of their school to make it more personal, while Roofwood has posted a link to a goodbye song in French and English.
Cool for schools
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