Transition support..

TRANSITION KS2/3

At St Margaret Mary’s we recognise that due to the nature of our Infant and Junior schools being two individually run schools on separate sites, the move from Year 2 to Year 3 may seem somewhat daunting for both children and parents alike, therefore we do everything in our power to make the move as smooth and easy as possible for all involved. 

As a fundamental part of our school community we value the support that parents/carers offer and actively encourage home/school cohesion in supporting children to reach their full potential as they face the next stage of their education. 

We understand the need for reassurance, advice and support that parents/carers may express at this time and recognise the importance of effective communication in addressing any concerns. With mental health and well being.in mind, this programme aims to alleviate any anxieties relating to the pending changes.

Children naturally pass through a number of stages as they grow and develop, a natural part of growing up is developing skills to cope with these changes.  Although the children face transition each year as they move from one year group to another, in the case of our year two children an even bigger transition is the move from Infant School to Junior School.  Most children experience this transition at the age of 11 years when they move to secondary school, however, our children face this transition at the much younger age of 7 years. 

2004 saw the initiation of our transition programme which was written and developed by myself and the infant school learning mentor, Mrs Harris.  Each subsequent year we have gained feedback from parents/carers, teachers and children which has helped us to evaluate and further develop the programme to meet the needs of the children, parents/carers.

Myself and Mrs Harris were asked to share our transition programme by facilitating a workshop to colleagues at the 2008 & 2009 Knowsley SEND Conference. We were also asked by the authority for a copy of our evaluated transition action plan to share across all Knowsley Schools as a model of good practice.

Helping children to attend, achieve and enjoy school is also about acknowledging and addressing their emotional well being – this is done effectively by supporting the children through this transition programme. The strong links developed with Mrs Harris Learning Mentor in the Infant School has enabled us to support children at the point of transfer by facilitating a proactive approach in addressing transition for each Year 2 class, small groups and individual children. 

Beginnings and endings can generate both positive and negative feelings and a mixture of emotions such as excitement, happiness, uncertainty and vulnerability. The children take part in circle time, games, stories and art activities which provides the children with the opportunity to identify their thoughts and feelings around transition in a safe and secure environment. The children develop ‘problem solving’ skills by firstly identifying their worry and/or concern, then collectively discussing them and exploring solutions with their peers.  By developing their own coping strategies, the children’s resilience is increased which empowers them to cope with these experiences.   

 

Carmel Perry Learning Mentor June 2019

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