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Early Years Transition Programme

 

Early Years Transition Programme

 

Our aim is to help ease your child into their new class making it as smooth as possible for both you and your child. We begin our Transition programme in June/July to ensure children who are moving classes are given the opportunity to feel familiar, happy and comfortable in their new environment.

 

‘It is known that right from the start, babies and young children manage changes in their lives on a daily basis. When small changes are supported by responsive, knowledgeable adults, children will gradually discover that the world is a safe and predictable place. As strong and competent learners, this will stand them in good stead when faced with the challenge of experiencing the bigger changes that will inevitably come their way.’

 

 

 

Transition into our Nursery class:

We aim to manage the transition to their Nursery class in a gradual, staged approach, which allows your child to adapt more easily when they begin on their start date. In Nursery, children will be learning in a practical, creative and lively way mainly through children’s own interests. There will be a combination of focused activities and adult directed activities. For example during English activities there will be plenty of opportunities for role-play, drama, puppets and creative activities and in Mathematics there will be hands-on, practical activities to inspire the children.  There are also child-initiated activities taking place inside and outside the classroom where the children have the opportunity to practice and consolidate their learning.  

 

 

 

Transition from Nursery to Reception:

 

Although very similar, there are key elements that are different from Nursery.

 

  • Children attend for a full day.
  • Children will continue to have a daily Mathematics and English lesson. However, they will be more structured and in depth.
  • A weekly PE lesson in the school hall.
  • Children stay for school lunch. (initially supported by Teachers and  then led by Welfare Staff).
  • A weekly key stage assembly led by the Headteacher.

 

 

As stated above we also manage the transition from Nursery to Reception in a gradual, staged approach, which allows the children to adapt easily during the Autumn Term.  Children will still be learning in a practical, creative and lively way, and the teaching is delivered using the same structure as in Nursery; through a combination of focused activities and adult directed activities. For example during English activities there will still be plenty of opportunities for role-play, drama, puppets and creative activities and in Mathematics there will be hands-on, practical activities to inspire the children.  There are also child-initiated activities taking place inside and outside the classroom where the children have the opportunity to practice and consolidate their learning. Below is an outline of the programme which your child will be immersed in during Term 3 to help the transition from Nursery to Reception class be as smooth as possible.

 

 

 

Nursery to Reception class:

 

  • A weekly visit to the Reception classroom
  • Taking part in a weekly ‘Celebration’ assembly with the whole school.
  • Nursery children continue to share the indoor and outdoor classrooms with Reception children and are already familiar with all Reception staff.
  • Reception Parent’s meeting held on Wednesday 14th June 2017, am and pm.
  • Nursery and Reception teachers meet regularly to handover information about each child.
  • Sharing transition visits through 2Simple Parent Share.
  • Children will meet their new Reception teacher before the Summer Term ends.
  • Sharing books and stories about school.
  • Continue to encourage children to develop independence when putting on their coats/shoes and with personal self-care.
  • Include props in role play – items of school uniform, lunch boxes and utensils.
  • Nursery staff to support children as they show children what door they will come in at the start of the day for September.

 

 

Transition into Year one:

We recognise that there are elements of Key Stage 1 (Infants Year 1 and Year 2) that are different from the Foundation Stage and therefore we aim to manage the transition from Reception to Year 1 in a gradual, staged approach, which allows the children to adapt during the first half of the Autumn Term.  Although our lessons in Year 1 are planned around the subjects of the National Curriculum, the children will still be learning in a practical, creative and lively way, and the teaching is delivered using the same structure as in a Reception Class; through a combination of focused activities and adult directed activities. For example during English activities there will be plenty of opportunities for role-play, drama, puppets and creative activities and in Mathematics there will be hands-on, practical activities to inspire the children.  Child-initiated activities continue inside and outside the classroom where the children have the opportunity to practice and consolidate their learning.

 

 

Below is an outline of the programme which your child will be immersed in during Term 3 to help the transition from Reception class to Year One be as smooth as possible.

 

 

 

Reception class to Year One:

 

  • 2 weekly visits to the Year One classroom sat at tables completing Mathematics or English work in their ‘have a go’ books.
  • Children will become familiar with rules and routines and will find that the Year One classroom mirrors our Reception class with continuous provision and an outdoor area.
  • ‘A day in the life’ of a Year One child.
  • A more structured day in Reception class with some work completed in ‘have a go’ books at tables.
  • Open discussions about moving up and any misconceptions and worries addressed immediately.
  • Reception and Year One teachers meet regularly to handover information about each child.
  • Sharing transition visits/activities/challanges through 2Simple Parent Share.
  • Children will meet their new Year One teacher before the Summer Term ends.
  • Learning Mentor to support Reception staff as they show children what door they will come in at the start of the day for September.

 

If you would like further details or if there is something you feel we need to know about, please speak to your child’s class teacher who will be more than happy to help. We thank you for your continued support.



 
  • Holy Family Catholic Primary School
  • Arncliffe Road
  • Halewood
  • Liverpool
  • L25 9PA
  • United Kingdom
  • Tel: 0151 282 8971
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