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19/10/20

We have received a delivery of some wonderful new books for our school today. https://t.co/kWKqLv9v1C

19/10/20

Tiger Class have enjoyed 'Beat the Goalie' today, some children were playing with Miss Daniels in goal! https://t.co/2G0XEGnX2l

19/10/20

Dolphin Class have completed their 2.6 mile mini marathon! https://t.co/wFCjt6kkBq

16/10/20

We are looking forward to our PTA Beat the Goalie Sponsored event next week! https://t.co/NIIBumSv4T

16/10/20

Here is a sneaky peek of our new published display! https://t.co/qg5jTJYScX

15/10/20

Happy Birthday to Lily-Ann and CeCe in Owl Class, have a fabulous day. https://t.co/nYsa0gLEyl

13/10/20

Happy Birthday to Madison in Owl Class, have a fabulous day! https://t.co/DvmtArTIjR

13/10/20

Penguin and Dolphin Class have been enthralled by the text 'Cosmic' by As part of their extended writing they have written a diary entry with a flashback for our awe inspiring display! https://t.co/K6ZVHC2Lld

12/10/20

Owl Class have been developing their skills in weaving, we are looking forward to seeing the outcomes at the end of the week. https://t.co/tqMNalwhSj

12/10/20

Owl Class have been learning about Anglo-Saxons. They have been using their sticky knowledge to recall facts. https://t.co/I1z69zHdna

12/10/20

Panda Class have been getting creative with numbers linking to their topic 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. https://t.co/BxVuoMdZAW

12/10/20

Emma in Alpaca Class has produced outstanding writing. https://t.co/BE9Ust4Gmu

12/10/20

Here's a sneak peek of our publishing! https://t.co/9ABhYCxrAA

09/10/20

Tiger Class have been writing a diary entry as one of the brave soldiers in their text 'Major Glad Major Dizzy'. https://t.co/nK0R9jfVqc

09/10/20

Owl Class have been learning about sound. They investigated vibrations using a tuning fork, it was brilliant! https://t.co/XytrHXqpKg

09/10/20

Happy Birthday to Daisy in Penguin Class who will be celebrating her birthday at the weekend, have a fantastic day. https://t.co/m5iDbj6RdT

08/10/20

We have celebrated our Virtual Harvest Festival in School today, thank you to all of our parents for their generous Harvest Donations. https://t.co/PDKnflRCpJ

06/10/20

Yesterday Panda Class found and planted 5 magic golden beans; look what they have grown into!! There was a message from the top of the beanstalk, so we have been busy writing and drawing replies. https://t.co/OaNtzplcgz

06/10/20

Thank you to all of our parents for your generosity with Harvest donations. https://t.co/FKUogxbcjv

06/10/20

Happy Birthday to Chloe and Max in Meerkat Class celebrating their birthdays today! https://t.co/bMt9IuBqsj

05/10/20

Join us in celebrating World Teachers day today! https://t.co/Zplr1Cf5NL

05/10/20

Owl Class have investigated pitch in Science using jam jars and water. https://t.co/ipQS1koRoP

05/10/20

Riley decorated an Anglo-Saxon Sword! https://t.co/o9tXZBWyip

05/10/20

Ashton in Owl Class has used his cup to communicate with his brother. https://t.co/Kv7AmEp6Kf

02/10/20

Happy Birthday to Hayden in Owl Class who is celebrating his birthday today and Raj in Owl Class who will be celebrating at the weekend, have a great day! https://t.co/ZO2oxMTkZw

01/10/20

The sensory garden is now open for the children to enjoy a little bit of quiet time. It took 37 wheel barrows of pea shingle to fill the area! The plants have been planted and the boxes have been weather proofed, we hope they enjoy this area. https://t.co/yEOBcxIeQ5

01/10/20

A fun lunch was had by all in school today! https://t.co/XgbNVza8ET

29/09/20

Alpaca Class have been exploring floating and sinking in Science. https://t.co/3bQV2VW8hC

29/09/20

Madison has created a fantastic first draft of her writing, we are looking forward to seeing the final published version! https://t.co/2tEQdqribD

28/09/20

Our sensational sensory garden and wellbeing space is almost complete! https://t.co/WMV8FgtoPT

28/09/20

Tiger Class have been enjoying playing tennis today. https://t.co/nSF8vSD1zZ

28/09/20

Tiger Class have been carrying out experiments to determine which materials are water resistance and water proof. https://t.co/KowPocS34V

28/09/20

In Science Year 3 made kazoos to investigate pitch, apologies from Mrs Hetherington if you had a noisy weekend! https://t.co/3l7YMcrtVL

28/09/20

Anglo Saxons invaded England because their home was floodlands which is not good for farming, Year 3 planted cress in good soil and flooded soil to see which grew. https://t.co/mPbRPELZBy

25/09/20

In Science, Owl Class have made Kazoos to explore pitch, they found out the longer the elastic band the lower the sound! https://t.co/sx6Ggk0YJl

24/09/20

Happy Birthday to Teddie in Owl Class and Nye in Alpaca Class, have a fantastic day! https://t.co/cu9hQIVxaK

24/09/20

Meerkat Class read over 100 time in a week and enjoyed playing on the trim trail for their reward. https://t.co/SzMglyyyUD

23/09/20

Some children in Year 6 are taking part in Bikeability this week, they are having a great time whilst learning how to stay safe while riding a bike. https://t.co/QOxLiqnXTd

22/09/20

Tiger Class have been sorting and classifying materials based on their properties in science. They have also been learning where the letters are on a keyboard in computing. https://t.co/wnj4h80wmL

21/09/20

Happy Birthday to Bryan in Meerkat Class, have a fantastic day! https://t.co/MpOzTpNvlW

Transition to Secondary School

Transition from Primary School to Secondary School

Transitioning from primary to secondary school is a landmark step in a child’s journey towards maturity and independence. In addition, moving from a smaller school, where everyone knows each other, to a larger environment in which children are taught by several different teachers and in several different rooms can also bring its challenges.

At Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes, we believe that it is important to prepare children carefully for these changes, in order that they have the best chance of making a smooth and confident transition, by focusing both on the skill sets required and the opportunities that such a change presents. We start preparing the children in Year  5, they are encouraged to become much more self-reliant in their learning, to think about how to organise their learning and manage their time, learn how to research, to evaluate their work and to identify the next steps in their learning journey. This helps them to prepare for the greater demands for independent learning and juggling their time that secondary school requires. 

In addition, children in Years 5 and 6 take on a variety of school monitor roles, helping with a range of tasks around the school, including School Councillors, Rights Respecting Ambassadors, Play Leaders and a whole host of other responsibilities. As well as making a valuable contribution to school life, these roles help the children to develop commitment, organisational skills and a sense of personal responsibility that will stand them in good stead for secondary school.

Spending time at secondary school ahead of transition

Experience of the secondary school environment is also very helpful. At various points throughout Years 5 and 6, children gain experience of local secondary schools as we participate in collaborative activities, enabling pupils to become more familiar with the physical surroundings, as well as meeting pupils and children from different schools within the Valley Invicta Academies Trust. 

Transition information for parents

It is acknowledged that transition from primary school to secondary school may be just as big an event for parents as it is for children. Therefore, we invite parents to contact us for any information that they need.

PSHE work in school to support children through the transition process

Any period of transition can be emotionally unsettling and confusing, and transition from primary school to secondary is no different. On the one hand, children may feel that they are looking forward to new opportunities, or on the other may feel insecure at leaving a familiar environment; they may be looking forward to meeting new friends, or worried that they may lose touch with current ones. We explicitly recognise this and, in the summer term in particular, timetable regular PSHE sessions to voice and constructively address their mixed feelings. For example, we reflect on past experiences and look forward both to opportunities and challenges; we explore ways to make new friends and who they can speak to at their new school if they are worried about anything once they start.

What parents can do to help their children prepare

Secondary school undoubtedly places extra demands on children in terms of personal organisation, time management and a more complex journey to school. Experience shows that children who are well-prepared for these transition more successfully. Parents can play a key role in helping children to gain confidence in taking on these challenges in a progressive way. For example, throughout Year 6, children should be encouraged to take responsibility for organising their own school bags, PE kits and musical instruments. In addition, they could be encouraged to identify a regular time for completing home learning each week.

Closer to the time of transition, parents could explore bus timetables with their child and could try a dummy school run – perhaps allowing the child to board the bus independently and arranging to meet them at the other end.

Information sharing between Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes and secondary schools

In order to ensure that children make a smooth academic transition from Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes, to their chosen secondary school, and that new teachers are fully aware of each child’s strengths and capabilities, our Year 6 teacher  fully briefs each school about each pupil. As a result, in addition to the sharing of SATS results, this affords a valuable opportunity to share teacher assessment data, as well as information about children’s sporting, artistic or musical interests.

For SEND children, our SENCo and Year 6 teacher may also hold additional meetings with the SENCo from the relevant secondary school. Furthermore, formal documentation of primary school SEN support arrangements for the child may be completed and passed over, where this is necessary.

Five key elements of a positive transition

Research by students at Oxford University found that there were five key elements - in the eyes of a child - which constitute a positive transition:

  • They are able to develop new friendships, and improve their self-esteem and confidence
  • They settle in to school life in a way that causes no concerns to their parents
  • They show an increased interest in school and school work
  • They get used to their new routines and school organisation with great ease
  • They experience curriculum continuity

These may sound pretty basic, but there isn't a simple 'one size fits all' way to transition into a new environment. Every child is different: academically, emotionally and socially.

We understand the transfer to secondary school can be a daunting time for everyone and maybe even more so if your child has SEN. We will support you and your child by:
 

  • Providing a transition programme, if needed, in conjunction with the child and Parents/Carers
  • Providing information about the needs of your child to their transferring school through face to face meetings, paperwork, emails, etc
  • Organising additional visits to the school if required
  • Organising a Year 6 transition meeting for families
  • Inviting the leader of SEND from the secondary schools to come into school to meet with the pupils, and Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes SENCo.

Click here for Top Tips to help your child be ready for secondary school.