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17/07/20

We are saying goodbye to our Year six class today, we are very proud of them all and we wish them the best of luck!

17/07/20

Please follow the link below for School Transition - August Calendars & Resources. The Padlet details fun and creative ways to think about school transition and promote wellbeing. https://t.co/ZiNDtQzWbQ

16/07/20

Happy Birthday to Isla in Alpaca Class, we hope you have a fantastic day! https://t.co/AHUWgWZMHQ

15/07/20

VIPS Holborough Lakes participated in the PASS Football league this year, unfortunately not all games could be played due to COVID-19. We are proud to have been presented with our certificates for participating in the matches that took place, well done! ⚽️ https://t.co/QZQMjmWkFq

14/07/20

Follow the link below for daily five minute mindfulness activities. https://t.co/Tkz3XYeSMD

13/07/20

Our Virtual Sports Week results are in: In 4th place it's Hever with 1808 points, 3rd Place is Bodiam with 1994 points, 2nd place is Scotney with 2436 points and Leeds take 1st place with a massive 2727 points! Congratulations and thank you to everyone who took part! https://t.co/xbYefalLmo

10/07/20

Retweeted From HeadStart Kent

Moodspark is . They provide mental health support to young people in Kent, and their website is full of useful resources and service information for parents and teachers too: https://t.co/PfeoNbMwBW https://t.co/OzhnXBQ4SF

10/07/20

Well done to all of our Learners of the Week! https://t.co/tEgJ4SZ68T

10/07/20

Ify enjoyed taking part in our virtual sports day activities! https://t.co/FVq0EFZcQP

08/07/20

Sammy and his sister designed and made an earthquake proof building! https://t.co/3ZnuyV3HMJ

07/07/20

Maisie in Meerkat Class has created this fantastic Great Barrier Reef picture. https://t.co/5AkmfeGJi9

07/07/20

Class Dojo is a brilliant way for us to connect, look how much our school has connected this week! https://t.co/8s1FmaAW9G

07/07/20

Jack in Alpaca Class has written about dogs invading his home which is linked to their text. https://t.co/CUzxA4Xnw3

07/07/20

Isla with a picture of her sporting hero, Glenn Morris. https://t.co/shoNqdhgJo

07/07/20

Daisy in Year 1 has measured herself against the tallest man in the world! https://t.co/tSYPhF6sxN

07/07/20

Freya in Alpaca Class has drawn a brilliant Giant. https://t.co/QcXlJbWSV3

06/07/20

Megan in Meerkat Class has created this fantastic painting! https://t.co/dwNUYTeAts

03/07/20

Well done to all of our Learners of the Week! https://t.co/dQBE4fKGOV

03/07/20

This week Owl class have been completing lots of work focused on 'Human Giants'. They followed instructions on how to draw a giant and used this to complete a description. Here are a few of the drawings and pieces of writing from Rohan, Finan and Aisha. https://t.co/JIjTqdbZgJ

03/07/20

Lion Class have been enjoying Sports Week. https://t.co/f1GjGCrc8D

02/07/20

Year 6 love their leavers hoodies! https://t.co/Yu1TiRyuBj

02/07/20

Jack in Alapca class has been producing wonderful home learning, well done! https://t.co/hCW7gFSm7d

02/07/20

500 Words: Black Lives Matter - 500 Words is the world’s largest story-writing competition for kids. Please follow the link for more information on how to get involved. https://t.co/N1jbs2DQtW

01/07/20

Minion Class have been comparing measurements, they found that the giraffe was taller than the steps but shorter than the school! https://t.co/enFjGDI3Vg

01/07/20

Clara and Lois enjoyed taking part ion Clock Jump this week. https://t.co/SdbtS59z7L

01/07/20

Minion Class have been painting African Silhouettes. https://t.co/0rdC3VAiZt

01/07/20

The children have been enjoying Virtual Sports Week, this is our Target Throw! https://t.co/82FGqewmAX

01/07/20

Noah in Reception has been measuring using standard and non standard units, he made a 36cm length. https://t.co/7VNvoowkfW

01/07/20

Sienna in Tiger Class has made her own version of snakes and ladders as her maths board game. https://t.co/8vTKfR0smN

01/07/20

Kento in Tiger Class has made a wonderful space themed maths game. https://t.co/RQzrG6vhvK

01/07/20

Finley and Reeva have been crabbing at the beach. https://t.co/eswVUbGgy7

30/06/20

We hope that you like our staff well being area as much as do 😀 https://t.co/V69zwtLDbA

30/06/20

Please see the Salus activity time table for children ages 8 and above. https://t.co/cijHEe0eRC

30/06/20

Wow, look how much we are connecting on Class Dojo! https://t.co/YNPnsW1JCA

30/06/20

Pupils in Wallaby class have enjoyed making sun catchers for our classroom and for home but where has the sun gone?! https://t.co/HszWiSKqM0

26/06/20

Well done to all of our Learners of the Week! https://t.co/0Uc1lCc41F

26/06/20

Happy Birthday to Isabel in Tiger Class and Kamal in Alpaca Class, we hope you have a fantastic day! https://t.co/iuAAwVjyjF

25/06/20

Follow the link below to watch Storytime with Nick; films of well-loved stories read by Nick Cannon, a trained actor and teacher and a wonderful storyteller. There are 20 fabulous stories available for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. https://t.co/UEJRHm7Ezn

24/06/20

Part Two of Muheebah's short film. https://t.co/xBEEfxX3jE

24/06/20

Muheebah in Year 6 has created the sort film, click below to watch Part One, Part two is on the next tweet! https://t.co/zc3VJrAnXL

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.