Preparing for primary transition

Sian Evans
19th May 2016
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Ideas to help pupils adapt to changing classes and moving up in school

Just when you feel that you know everything there is to know about your class, it’s time to prepare them (and yourself) for the next academic year. A new teacher and a change in surroundings can be unnerving for learners. By taking time to talk about worries, introduce them to new members of staff and let them have fun in a new environment, students will become much more relaxed about the move. 

We’ve hand-picked a selection of welcome booklets and transition day activities that are inviting, engaging and can help pupils be excited about the changes to come.

Starting Reception

Comfort any concerns from pupils (and their parents) about moving from nursery to school with this welcome booklet and summer scrapbook. The booklet introduces children to life at school, while the summer scrapbook is a fun activity which can help teachers get to know even the shyest child.

Explore common emotions about starting school and leaving parents for the day with this activity pack supporting Margaret Roc’s book, Jellybean goes to school.

Alternatively, this adaptable starting school booklet is packed full of information about what happens during the day, designed to put any worried child, or parent, at ease.

Moving up

In any year, there can be anxiety about change so tackle it head on with this transition booklet, which gets students thinking about similarities and differences between their old and new classes. It is accompanied by a short story that reminds them that it is OK to be unsure about the move. 

For a different approach, try rounding off the year with these memory posters, which encourage your students to reflect on their favourite activities before preparing to move up.

Or, ask pupils to write about what makes them happy, unhappy, and why they are a good friend using this feelings worksheet. Turn this into an art activity by getting pupils to write these on colourful card-based petals arranged around a picture of themselves.

Meeting a new class

Make a splash on transition day with this hanging octopus tutorial £2, designed as a fun, creative activity that will help you get to know your new class, as well as being the basis for a classroom display which can be left up for their return in September.

Find out more about your new pupils using these transition day templates, from a wanted poster to a passport, that allow students to tell you about themselves in an inventive way. 

For even more inspiration, pick and choose from 50 activity ideas covering typical transition day activities as well as teamwork exercises in art, music and PE. 

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