Secondary transition

Lauren Tong
21st June 2019
Supportive secondary transition resources

Supportive transition resources to prepare your pupils for the move up

As the school year comes to an end, students and teachers alike are starting to think about the changes the next year will bring and moving on to the next phase in their education. Prepare your new pupils for the next academic year with this collection of transition activities, assemblies and lesson resources.


Language games/end of term activities

This resource contains presentations to run two language games that involve function skills in speaking and listening and writing. Taboo 2 is my version of a language game already available here - simply gives more alternatives. Have used this successfully with P7’s - and a few brighter P6’s. Say that again was inspired by the many and varied spelling howlers I’ve come across when marking dictation. May also be useful for S1. Enjoy!!

By RailroadGin

back To School : Conveyor Belt - Subjects

This is based on the Generation Game activity. Surrounding the subjects in the secondary school curriculum. Useful for Starter, Plenaries and mini AFL activities throughout the lesson-Pupils love this activity!

By TeachElite

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!


• If you choose to download this resource, please take the time to leave a rating - I do really value your feedback and I always look forward to reading what you think about my resources! If you have any questions about this resource or anything else, you can email me at

• Be the first to know when I upload new resources, discounts and freebies by following my page!
By TeachersResourceForce

Ice Breaker Games

Learning Objectives:
-Become more comfortable with the group
-Have fun and laugh together
-Break down barriers
-Make new friends

Great Ice Breaker games to get a new class laughing with each other.
10 fun, silly games that help students become more comfortable with each other and stop them from being self-conscious and shy with their peers. These games are great to use with your form, a new class or with a class where friendships and relationships are breaking down.

By saragh-uk

Taboo Game - General

Race against the clock to describe your given word to your partner - the only catch is, you cannot use any of the ‘taboo’ words listed on your card! Guess the word right, and your team scores a point!

  • Fantastic for improving communication and language skills.
  • Can be used to develop social interaction between peers.
  • Can be differentiated by adjusting time scale or by preselecting cards.

Contains 60 printable taboo cards with supporting image.

By creativesquirrel

Back to School + Team Building

Team Building + Back to School Activity Pack 12 PAGE pack of classroom-ready summer end of term activities will enthuse and engage students. Suitable for KS3 and KS4 students to celebrate the end of term through a variety of activities. FUN/C8/AP/13

This booklet has been created by a dedicated team of experts and will allow competition, peer reflection and SMSC.
It can be used to help students engage, through a range of stimulating exercises, encouraging discussion and liven up lessons through structured engagement between students.

This Booklet Contains:

  • o Various thought-provoking challenges
  • o Design Activities
  • o 12 pages of ready-to-use student worksheets designed to be written on
  • o A wide range of activities, to suit all types of learners.
  • o Minimal preparation required
    Product Code: FUN/C8/AP/13

Can be used for a whole lesson or two.

You may also like some of our other popular form tutor resource Packages …
Autumn Term Tutor Time Form Time Super Bundle
Spring Term Tutor Time Form Time Super Bundle
Summer Term Tutor Time Form Time Super Bundle
1-2 Years Worth of Tutor Time Form Time Super Bundle
Summer School Package - Team Building Challenges / Quizzes and Fun stuff!

Why not pick up something educational and fun for the End of Term …
End of Term Quiz
The Big News Quiz
The Big summer Quiz
Citizenship Christmas Quiz
PSHE Christmas Quiz

By Cre8tive Resources

Setting expectations

Back to School - Behaviour + Targets

PSHE / Tutor Time lesson all about behaviour and achieving goals. 1 hour PP, worksheets, clips, well differentiated, activities, engaging and editable. These resources have been designed to be engaging, detailed and easy to follow. All our resources are editable (so easy to adapt for your classes) and are designed to last one hour each.
You can find many more inexpensive and free PSHE, Citizenship and RE resources at my shop: EC_Resources
Leave me a review and pick any other resource for free :)

Or you can check out some of our most popular PSHE, Citizenship and RE resources below:
Mental Health PSHE Bundle
1 Whole Year of PSHE Resources
British Values Citizenship Bundle
Careers, Employment and Enterprise Bundle
Islam Bundle
Sex and Relationships Education
By EC Resources

Expectations Lesson

A generic team rules lesson that helps teachers to extablish their class rules. Good starting point with new classes.
By Miss R

Back to School Year 7

A fun and easy to use ‘Transition to secondary school’ lesson for Year 7. This first day back lesson is perfect for form tutors to use when they meet their new Year 7s.

Includes a one hour PowerPoint, differentiated activities about starting secondary school, activities for creating a display of ‘FactBook’ profiles, and introduction for new students on the importance of learning a wide range of distinct subjects.

These resources have been designed to be engaging, detailed, editable and easy to follow.

You can find many more inexpensive and free RE, Citizenship and PSHE resources at my shop: MORE WHOLE SCHOOL RESOURCES

By EC Resources

Classroom Expectations

Posters for the wall and to be inserted into students books.

By lehinchliffe

Class rules / expectations. Fully editable.

A fully editable set of 12 A4 classroom rules suitable for any classroom. I designed these for older year groups as others that I could find seemed too 'babyish'.

Title banner included which is also editable.It prints across two A3 pages.

Print out and laminate and they will last for years.

(Microsoft publisher file and pdf included)
By MrsCupcakesResources

Classroom expectations activity

To be used at the start of the year or whenever you feel your class need a reminder about how to behave in your classroom.

The resource provides some ideas on classroom rules but essentially encourages the students to come up with their own rules with you in order to share the responsibility.

I use it when I start working with a new class, at the start of each term and refer back to it at any point I feel the students need reminding. Keeping a uniform Power Point keeps consistency.
By Science Teacher

Transition lessons and booklets

Transition/ Back to school activities

A number of resources that can be used for class transition days or for the start of a new school year.

Activities include:
Three quizzes that children can complete in teams
Setting targets and getting to know children activity sheet
Classroom flag templates where children can design a class flag
Rules activity where children decide from rules which are important or unimportant to then create a set of class rules from
Getting to know everyone - Ice breaker activity where children have to find others that may have done a particular thing
Questions and ideas - What they are looking forward to, any concerns and any questions they may have
By krisgreg30

Transition Booklet ( SEN, Autism)

Transition Booklet for KS1/ KS2 - end of year, new class, social story.
Pages 1 - 6 Booklet Cover page (Year 1 - 6)
Page 7 About Me page (name, age, space for a photo, likes/dislikes)
Page 8 Introduction to transition
Page 9 New teacher’s name and space for a photo/ drawing
Page 10 A note from new teacher (to be completed by the teacher)
Pages 11 - 13 Introducing the staff (space for photos and notes to be completed by the Year Group staff)
Page 14 For photos/ drawings of a new classroom
Page 15 New Classroom scavenger hunt activity
Pages 16 - 18 For photos/ drawings of the areas in the new year group (playground, toilets, lunch trolley, etc.)
Page 19 Things that will stay the same in the new year group (to be completed with the pupil)
Page 20 Things that will be different in the new year group (to be completed with the pupil)
Page 21 Blank page
Page 22 Closing page
Page 23 Credits page

For most pupils, transition to a new Year group is an exciting time. For some, however, it can be worrying and unsettling. This booklet is created to be used in KS1 and KS2. Teachers and teaching assistants work on completing the booklet together with their pupils, once completed - the book can be used as a Transition Social Story.
The document is in .pdf format and not editable. 23 pages included.

By hoppytimes

Transition into Year 7 - Maths - Number

Our ‘Introduction to Year 7’ booklet is designed to assist transition from Year 6 to Year 7 with Maths (Number) and can be completed in the summer term of school or during the summer holidays.

Covering topics such as:
Mental Maths Strategies,
Highest Common Factors,
Lowest Common Factors,
Square Numbers,
Square Roots,
Ratio & Proportion,
Rounding Whole and Decimal Numbers,
Calculating Percentages,
Using Brackets,
Comparing Decimals,
Simplifying Fractions &
Adding & Subtracting Fractions.

Most topics have an accompanying puzzle from secret messages to hidden numbers and shapes.

All clip art is from OpenClipArt and is covered by a public licence for personal and commercial use.

Please let us know if you would like us to amend our resource to suit your children.

Many thanks and enjoy!


By Tutortastic

Art & Design Transition Activity

2 tasks which could be used for Year 6-7 transition.

The tasks include:
Aim High Hot Air Balloon (only paper/card and drawing materials required).
Pin Wheel (craft straw, split pin and card required)

The tasks are basic to follow include differentiation through bronze/silver/gold questioning and success criteria.

By Hannah_Emi

NEW CLASS /TRANSITION DAY ALL ABOUT ME lesson planning, activities and resources (ready to teach)

A transition day lesson, full of ideas for getting to know your new class. Could be used on transition day, or on the first day of term. UPDATED FOR 2019
PowerPoint is fully adaptable to your needs, but takes you through the lesson plan step by step. All of the resources are included too. The activities all lead to potential displays for your classroom.
1,. Growth mindset poster activity - feeds into a discussion about the type of learners we want to be.
2. Guess Who bunting - children design their own piece to match their characters, using likes and dislikes etc… Makes an effective display for the start of the year.
3. A passport which will provide space for key information about students and mini art works to complete on transition day. Suitable for KS2. Could be printed onto a single sheet of A3 to make it large enough for display. (this would make it A5 on each surface)
4. A blank mobile phone template - for a Selfie portrait activity and display. I did it Snap chat style with text and images too. Made a really great display for September.

Ideas for other time fillers, to avoid running out of activities!

By Raphella


Back to School Assembly

Welcome back! An assembly for Key Stages 3 and 4 to help your students think about what they want to achieve on the next stage of life's journey. There&'s a short film, some games and a PowerPoint presentation too. More resources like this can be downloaded for free from:
By TrueTube

Back to school assembly for September 2018.

Cut your workload with this Back to school assembly Powerpoint. 20 fully editable slides welcoming students back to school. Each slide has an eye catching image and emphasises the important points that children should consider as they set off on what will hopefully be another successful year.

Slides highlight the following areas.
The need for balance in life
Hard work
Being kind
Engaging in lessons
Supporting each other
Asking for help … and more.

This resource is fully editable because, let’s be honest, the chances of designing an assembly Powerpoint that absolutely hits everything you want to say are quite remote. We hope that this really reduces your workload though so that you can enjoy that last few days of the holiday. Good luck for the new academic year.

By Start Education


Fresh new term, fresh new start! An 18 slide (approx 10-15 min) assembly welcoming students back to school after a holiday. Includes some tips on how to ease back into studying and regaining focus on school after a relaxing break.
Easily adaptable for tutor-time! Suitable for all ages!

By MissCResources

New Starters Transition Power Point

A Power Point used to introduce new year 7 pupils to secondary school. The slides run through some of the main differences between primary school and secondary school. The later slides contain a variety of quick activities that can be used as ice breakers for a new group of pupils/form class getting to know each other.

By AnnieSteph12345

Back to School transition assembly

Into Film has produced a new assembly resource that looks at some of the problems young people may encounter on their first day at a new school, and how to overcome them.
Topics included in the assembly are:
- Negotiating the first days
- Making new friends
- Believing in yourself
- Working together
Visit the Into Film clubs website in order to order the DVDs to watch with your club or class.:
By IntoFilm

Positive Thinking Assembly

This assembly provides your students with strategies to think more positively. It gives a metaphor that positivity is like a huge jar of nutella, and they can dip their finger in whenever they wish to pull out some positivity! It covers the following strategies:

Smiling and Laughter
practicing Gratitude
Positive Affirmations
Avoiding Negative People
Doing something kind

It's a fun assembly that uses humor and facts to convey it's message. I got lots of positive feed back from students and staff after delivering this assembly!
Approx 15 - 20 mins long depending on your speed. It includes a poem that you could take out if you wished to shorten it.

Also included are a Positive Thinking Poster, and come Positive Thinking Nutella jars to laminate and stick around your school to remind people to Positive. (Staff Included!)
By Arty Teacher

Contact us

Visit our forums

Latest education news

New to TES Resources ? Find out more about becoming an author on TES, or dive straight in and start downloading.