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Transition

Transition at William Austin Infants

Pre-school to Year R

Starting school is a big milestone in a child’s life and the transition between pre-school and school is very important. To help this be as smooth as possible we try to put as much into place to ensure the children are happy starting in a new setting. Here is a list of events that happen to ensure a smooth transition:

All Children

  • Year leader visits most pre-schools to meet the children and gather information on new starters. If this is not possible then she ensures she speaks to the pre-school to find out any information on the child/children.
  • Intake evening for parents to see classrooms and meet staff.
  • Tea party for parents and children in order for children and parents to meet each other and staff.
  • Home visits for all children.
  • Fun afternoon before starting to enable children to see their classroom.

SEN Children

  • Transition meetings with parents and outside agencies if needed.
  • Visits to pre-schools to meet the children on a 1:1 basis.
  • If the child will be receiving 1:1 support that member of staff will visit to meet the child.
  • Visits to the school and class to enable them to become familiar with the new setting.

Children from Greenside

  • Year leader and Year R teachers visit Greenside to read a story to the children.
  • All Year R staff go over and visit the children starting school.
  • Children visit their new classrooms with pre-school staff.

 

In-School Transition

Moving between year groups is just as important and at William Austin Infants we do try to make the transition between year groups as smooth as possible. At the end of the academic year each year group will try to work in a similar way as the year group they will be moving into. Here is a list of events that happen to ensure a smooth transition:

Year R into Year 1

  • Year 1 teachers come to meet the children in their Year R classes.
  • First 2 weeks in Year 1 is a Year R based curriculum (topic based)
  • Year R and Year 1 children meet in Year 1 classrooms for buddy chats to discuss the year group they will be going to and to look at Year 1 work.
  • Children in Year R do their first piece of work in their new Year 1 book to take to their new class.
  • Children spend 2 sessions (1 morning and 1 afternoon) in their new classroom with their new teacher.
  • Parents are invited in to hear a story in their child’s new class and have the opportunity to meet their child’s new teacher.
  • Old and new teachers meet to discuss each child’s needs, strengths and areas of development.

Year 1 into Year 2

  • Year 2 teachers come to meet the children in their Year 1 classes.
  • Year 1 and Year 2 children meet in Year 2 classrooms for buddy chats to discuss the year group they will be going to and to look at Year 2 work.
  • Children in Year 1 do their first piece of work in their new Year 2 book to take to their new class.
  • Children spend 2 sessions (1 morning and 1 afternoon) in their new classroom with their new teacher.
  • Parents are invited in to hear a story in their child’s new class and have the opportunity to meet their child’s new teacher.
  • Old and new teachers meet to discuss each child’s needs, strengths and areas of development.

 

Infant School to Junior School

  • Year 3 teachers come to meet the children in their Year 2 classes.
  • Year 2 and Year 3 children meet in Year 2 classrooms for buddy chats to discuss the year group they will be going to.
  • Children visit their new Year 3 classes on the ‘Luton Transition Day’ and spend the whole morning with their new teacher.
  • Old and new teachers meet to discuss each child’s needs, strengths and areas of development.
  • Year 2 and Year 3 team leaders meet up to discuss the needs of the children, information to be shared and children’s work to be transferred.
  • Year 2 children visit the ICT suite at the Juniors to take part in a computing lesson.
  • Inclusion managers of both the schools meet up to discuss the needs of SEN children.
  • Year 3 Inclusion team teaching assistants visit Year 2 classes to observe the special needs children that they will be supporting.
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