Here at JCP we understand the importance of ensuring that when children start school with us, move onto new year groups or leave us for others settings, a smooth transition is very important.
There are a number of activities that take place to ensure that both you and your child have a positive experience.
Transition at JCP
Effective transition procedures require careful planning and should be rooted in a clear understanding of young children's social, emotional and intellectual needs.
Leaving a setting and starting a new one can be a daunting and unsettling experience for any child. As much as adults try to 'sell' the forthcoming move as 'exciting' - and a positive approach is important - a child will still be anxious about the move. With this in mind a number of activities are planned within the Summer term to support children with this. Children are given a letter and video link to be introduced to their new teacher at the start of the Summer 2 term. Each child then has a variety of informal opportunities to meet and spend time with their new teachers, before whole school transition day. During transition day, children spend the day in their new classes getting to their new friends, grown ups and all about their new learning.
Teachers give children opportunities to talk about their concerns and to ask questions during circle times. Often children's fears will be addressed in this arena. However, further support is given for children who may find change more difficult, this is done through 'pen portraits,' further meeting sessions and small group work.
For children moving on to secondary settings this process works in a very similar way. Children are visited by new teachers here at school, both in groups and individually and are then invited to several sessions at their new school. On whole school transition day, children go to their new school and spend the day there. Within the Summer term children work with the learning mentor team to develop their understanding of 'safe travel' and each child takes part in a 'walk to secondary' to put this learning into action.
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If you would like to talk about this further or discuss the needs of your child, please come and speak to a member of staff.