Easing pupils into secondary school life

Sian Evans
05th June 2017
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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.

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. Then, outline behavioural expectations with this thought-provoking lesson*, including a Top Trumps-style game to consolidate their understanding.

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* 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.

Settling-in tasks

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.  

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This post was originally published on 27 May 2016, and was refreshed on 5 June 2017.

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