Effective transition at all stages is essential to ensure that children feel safe within the learning environment. At Howden le Wear Primary School, we have systems in place to ensure that transition is as smooth as possible for all of our pupils.
Transition into Reception
Transition from Nursery to Reception Class is a big step for both our children and their parents. We aim to support our families through this important stage in a number of ways. We have a private nursery facility on site, Howden le Wear Pre-School Ltd, that works collaboratively with our Reception class to support the smooth transition from Nursery to Reception gradually over the final Summer Term. Mrs Wheatley our Nursery Manager ensures that children make regular visits to Reception and are familiar with Reception staff through shared provision, Early Years trips and special events throughout the year.
For children who attend other Nursery or Pre-School provision our Reception Class teacher Mrs Craig or Miss Atkinson our Higher Level Teaching Assistant, will visit your child in their current setting. Following this, parents will be invited to visit school for an induction meeting. During induction, parents will meet all the staff and listen to short presentations by relevant parties such as Taylor Shaw (school catering), Emblematic (uniform suppliers) and relevant school staff. All children who are starting Reception in September will be invited to attend ‘Moving Up’ Day in July. They will attend for a day to meet our staff, explore our Early Years provision and have lunch in school!
Transition between classes
At Howden le Wear Primary School we work closely within each milestone so children become familiar with each staff team. Transition is treated the same at every juncture and children are given the opportunity to take part in ‘Moving Up’ mornings where children spend time with their new class teacher in their new classroom. During the summer term staff meet to share information and for those children who require provision that is additional to or different from quality first teaching we make additional arrangements to support these children through the transition. This can include spending additional time in their new classroom, visiting their new classroom with their current member of support staff, beginning transition arrangements earlier in the Summer Term or providing photographs of their new classroom to take home and talk about with parents/carers during the Summer holidays. The support provided is tailored to the needs of individual children and will be discussed with parents, carers and the child.
Transition into Key Stage Three
Once Secondary School places have been allocated in March annually, a Transition Worker works between our cluster of schools throughout the Spring and Summer Terms in Year 6. The transition worker liaises with children and families in order to ensure they are fully prepared for the next stage of their education. All Durham Secondary schools have transition days where your child can meet their new class teacher and their classmates. They will also have opportunities to participate in sample lessons.
As part of our transition package, the SENCO will ensure that all SEND information is passed onto the next school to ensure that they are fully aware of any additional needs your child may have. The SENCO will work closely with families to ensure that the needs of the individual are met to the best of her ability. For example, extra transition visits for both parents and pupils have been provided, involvement of SENDIASS (formerly Durham Parent Partnerships) put into place or support around the social or emotional well-being of the pupil.
Joining our school at other times
If your child joins our school during a Key Stage or mid-way through the academic year, systems are in place to aid their transition from their previous school. When you visit our school, the Head Teacher, Mr Baines, will give you and your child a guided tour of the school and your child will have the opportunity to see their new classroom and meet their teacher. If your child has SEND, our SENCO will liaise with the SENCO from your child’s previous school to ensure that we have the required information to enable us to support your child fully. It would be beneficial if you could discuss your child’s needs with us and share any information you have when you visit.
Leaving our school
If your child leaves Howden le Wear Primary School, the SENCO will ensure that all SEND information is passed onto the next school to ensure that they are fully aware of any additional needs your child may have.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment with the SENCO Mrs Hannah Clark.