Transitions

Periods of transition through school are extremely important for our children. At CVPS we ensure our children receive the support they need to ease their move through school.

In the second half of the summer term, transition arrangements for children with a Reception place confirmed at Cramlington Village Primary School (CVPS), will be as follows:

  • The Reception teacher and classroom assistant will visit their future key children to observe them in their natural learning environment (either at their nursery setting or at home) and to allow children to begin to build a relationship with their new key worker.
  • Children have opportunities to visit the Reception class to allow them to meet their new teacher and explore their new environment. The last two weeks of the summer term are set up as transition weeks for our children. Our new reception children will come initially for half days before progressing to full days when they are ready. This is to ease their transition into daily school life.
  • The Reception class key workers discuss attainment levels, interests and care needs with children’s previous settings, ensuring that the Reception staff are able to make informed choices when caring for individual children.
  • We work with local providers to standardise children’s final reports from nursery. Our aim is to know attainment levels, interests, likes and dislikes and care needs. A copy is given to parents/guardians.
  • New-child information sheets are sent out for parents to update information that allow the new key worker to get to know more about their child’s current background information.
  • A meeting for all new parents is held in the summer term to provide information about start dates and to allow them to look around the classroom and observe the experiences which children will be offered. They will have received a brochure beforehand and have the opportunity to ask any questions about this.

Transition to KS1 (Year 1)

As a result of the Rose Review in 2009, there was a recommendation to extend the areas of learning experienced currently by the Early Years Foundation Stage into Key Stage 1. This is a recommendation that our school fully endorses. The classrooms in Key Stage 1 are set up to cover the same areas of learning as Reception although equipment and resources offer the older children more age appropriate challenge.

The following procedure takes place during the second half of the summer term:

  • The Year One teacher and teaching assistant spend some sessions in Reception to observe their future key children in their natural environment and to allow children to begin to build a relationship with their new key worker.
  • Children have opportunities to visit their new class to work with their new teacher and teaching assistant and explore their new environment.
  • The Reception teacher meets with the Year One teacher to discuss attainment levels, interests and care needs. End of profile results are also shared.
  • The teacher devises a detailed final report to show attainment levels, interests, likes and dislikes and care needs for their new class teacher. A copy is given to parents/guardians.
  • Home Link sheets are sent out for parents to update information that allow the new key worker to get to know more about their child’s current background information.

Transition to KS2 (Year 3)

  • Children will spend two weeks at the end of the summer term with their new year 3 teacher. This allows children to familiarise themselves with their new environment and supports teacher assessment to ensure children become fully immersed in the KS2 curriculum as soon as possible.
  • Upon returning after the summer break, all children in KS2 will have extended afternoons until 15:30 Monday-Thursday. This supports the national curriculum requirement for KS2 lessons to be taught in more depth.
  • Over the course of the first term, the KS2 staff will host a welcome morning to introduce parents and children to the expectations of the KS2 curriculum. This will give parents the opportunity to ask any questions they may have about the curriculum, school day or homework requirements.