Easing pupils into secondary school life

Sian Evans
01st June 2018
starting secondary school,KS3,transition,year 7,ice breakers,settling in,transition activities

Top transition resources to support your new tutor group as they get to grips with secondary school life

Dressed in uniforms two sizes too big, carrying oversized backpacks and with rabbit-in-the-headlight looks on their faces; this is most likely how you will recognise your new form group. As their form tutor, students will undoubtedly look to you for support during transition days, induction days and the first few weeks of term.

To help you prepare for your new form's arrival, we’ve selected some of the very best transition resources and icebreaker activities, designed to make them feel less overwhelmed from the start.

Transition activities

Welcome your tutor group with this well-structured booklet, which encourages teamwork, personal development and contains numerous activities to make form-time more productive. Then, quickly help learners get to know others with this all about me jigsaw activity, which can be proudly displayed in your tutor room.

Address the differences between primary and secondary school head-on with this changes check list so that learners can voice their questions, feelings and goals. Encourage a positive attitude with your group by working through this booklet, designed to build up self-esteem and promote acts of friendliness.


Form / tutor booklet KS3 transition year 7

I made this booklet for my year 7 students as part of their transition process and to make use of form time in a productive way. It includes quizes and ideas to get them target setting and thinking about PLTS type skills I have adapted resources from two other booklets found here on TES so a big thank you to *PSHE/Tutor Activity Booklet by vnm and *Challenge Booklet by pippylargestockings I will add to this as I update it
By MichelleCairns

Changing School / Class - Transition Worksheet

A colour worksheet to help any pupil changing school or class at any point throughout the year. Handy for Year 6 and Year 7 students as they prepare for and adapt to the changes involved in primary to secondary transfer, but suitable for any student changing class at any point in the year. transition, secondary transfer, primary to secondary, changes, SEAL Changes, changing schools, changing class
By Kate Hennessy

Year 6 Transition Activities/Booklets - for children moving on to High School.

These resources were created to support group of children in my class who have SEN, social skills difficulties or who were over - worrying about their move up to high school, however there is no reason why some of the activities can't be used with the whole class.

The work is intended to focus on building up self esteem and recognising acts of friendliness.

The unit includes:
A Me Sheet - Children complete a fact file all about themselves (including finger prints) and look at how unique they are.
A book template about feelings - the children write how they feel when faced with certain things.
A book template 'Me' - the children write about all the things they CAN do.
An activity / worksheet on friendliness/unfriendliness - children sort different scenarios into the correct column. There is also a follow up to this with an activity sheet that children write different acts of friendliness they intend to do at High School on transition day and then a little sheet of the ones they managed to achieve... they will the hopefully have lots of positives to talk about!

This unit took approximately 10 x 45 minute sessions involving lots of discussion.
I bought the clipart used from Creative clips - https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Krista-Wallden
By NMcShane2112

Icebreaker games

Funny games, true-or-false statements and activities that involve questioning other students are simple ways to get your tutor group talking. Use this icebreaker resource pack, comprehensive list of icebreaker ideas or meet-your-class presentation to encourage them to use teamwork and listening skills to get to know one another.

Build persuasive communication skills with this Room 101 activity as individuals try to convince other members of their team to choose their own pet hate as the worst. By having to argue their corner, learners practise expressing their opinions and in turn, grow their confidence with a new group of people.


Getting to know you: ice breakers

This resource pack contains everything you need to help break the ice with your students. This would be ideal for any new class whether they are just new to you or even new to each other! Although it is great for the start of the academic year, many of us deal with casual admissions and students who join late in the year. These resources will be great for helping you get to know them better and for them to integrate into the group.

You will find physical activities to get them up and about, moving and talking to one another and finding things in common, helping the group to improve their social skills in talking, bonding and making new friends.

Enjoy getting your group of students to begin bonding and making friends!


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Ice Breaker Ideas

Keep thinks creative with these innovative ice-breakers to adapt for any lesson in any classroom.
By Natalie Hayes

Getting to know your form group / Ice Breakers

I have a day with my new year 7 form group. This PowerPoint is full of activities to break the ice and start thinking about what they expect of their form tutor and of temselves but principally to get to know their new classmates. Feedback and comments are welcome.

By HelenDawn

Tutor time transition days.

I have planned this to be used by our school for our vertical year 7/8 tutor groups. It is aiming to get pupils talking to each other, building their confidence and getting to know each other. There is a getting to know you kinaesthetic activity to start. Room 101 as the main activity including links to video clips as examples.
By inara14

Settling-in tasks

Kick-start your first few weeks of tutor time with this series of activities, covering class contracts, how to overcome any concerns and a simple transition survey.

Get the class talking about the emotions of moving from primary to secondary school, and its impact on friendships, using this detailed resource pack, complete with a presentation and card-sorting exercise. Alternatively, explore transition through film with this handy guide, which lists examples of relatable characters as well as follow-up questions.

Feeling creative? Why not consider getting your pupils to write a survival guide for next year's intake? Finalise the settling-in process by letting them share their memories of first days and weeks, plus their newly-gained expertise of how secondary school works.


Year 7 Transition The Keys To Our School

A series of activities for the first tutor times in September including class contracts, how to understand the timetable, attendance, equipment and overcoming worries. Includes a tutor booklet, certificate and transition survey
By davidnashteacher

Friendship PSHE Year 7 induction

Lesson plan, card sort, worksheet and powerpoint on the theme of friendship, mapped to SEAL, ECM, PLTS etc

By ezzysunlight

Into Film's Guide to Primary to Secondary transition

The move from Primary to Secondary school can seem a little overwhelming to students at first. New classes, new teachers, new people! That's why we've put together a Into Film guide to help with this transition, along with a series of activities and games.

For more information on our resources please visit; https://www.intofilm.org/resources

By IntoFilm

How to Survive Year 7 - Create A Guide

The PowerPoint can be used to introduce the activity through discussion, then it gives guidelines about what aspects of school to discuss in their guide. Students then need to work together (pairs/small groups) to create a Survival Guide for the next year 7 students. The skills used are: writing to inform and explain, and s&l: talking with others.
By Mrs_C A

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