Year 6 Transition
Welcome from the SEN team
Due to the national school shutdown Transition 2020 is looking different from previous years. Sadly, there will be no formal Transition Day on site. Instead much of the transition work is remote with primary and secondary teachers liaising to share information and make sure that Year 6s are supported as they prepare to move to Regents Park.
Head of Year, Mr Sinclair, and Head of Year Support, Mrs Blakely, are working tirelessly to speak to every primary school which has students moving to Regents Park. This is no mean feat with over 25 primary feeders sending students to Regents Park. Where possible Zoom meetings have been set up instead of school visits, so that students can at least see their Head of Year!
There is an area of our website where all documentation can be found and the learning booklet ‘Regents Park Ready’ and the ‘Getting to Know You’ activities are available. All other paper documents which have been sent to parents are online. Once permission has been given, students can also activate their Google Classroom accounts and access the learning booklet and activities there. If they want, they can upload their completed work, but paper copies were also given to parents in the second transition pack and these can be handed in to tutors in September.
First Days of Term
We are currently planning the first days of next term. Of course, our plans are continually being adapted according to the national picture, but we are hoping to have Year 7 in on their own for the start of term so that they can find their feet and get used to the site. Students will spend their first day in tutor groups taking part in fun team-building activities, touring the building and meeting staff and other students. There will also be a focus on numeracy and literacy as we support students in re-establishing learning habits.
Teachers and Curriculum Leaders are also revising their schemes of work so that they support students who have had a very different experience of learning the last few months. Year 7s can expect some engaging learning once they arrive. We will also be introducing a Regents Park ‘passport’ based around our ethos of: RESPECT; PRIDE; CREATIVITY and CHALLENGE, which will encourage students to embrace the school’s culture and the wider opportunities on offer.
Finally, we are a school with a strong rewards culture and we look forward to rewarding new students for completing their ‘Regents Park Ready’ booklets and ‘Getting to Know You’ activities before they arrive and their ‘Ethos Passports’ once they start. Who will be part of the first Headteacher’s Hot Chocolate celebration? Who will be the first Year 7 to receive an ethos badge? Which students will be rewarded in the first Hot 50 Celebration of the year? It could be you!
Transition: Supporting the Move from Primary to Secondary
Moving from primary to secondary school is an exciting, but sometimes scary experience. Here at Regents Park, we aim to make this important transition as stress free as possible!
Firstly, we have a number of Open Events, including our formal Open Evening and Open Sessions.
We open the whole site on Open Evening and children, with their parents, are encouraged to mix with staff and current students, see our facilities and take part in a number of activities. We are proud of our school and our students, so in the autumn term we host open mornings and afternoons where parents can see us in action. A guided tour by a member of the leadership team ensures that parents see all we have to offer!
In July, our new intake visits the school for the formal transition day. Students have the opportunity to meet tutors and teachers and sample some of the new subjects they will study at Regents Park. Most importantly, students make new friends and this supports their transition to secondary school. Transition Day is currently planned for 1st July 2020.
The schools in our Trust – and beyond – work together to support families through the transition process. Regents Park staff liaise with the teachers from the primary schools. The Headteacher, the Head of Year and the Head of Year Support visit primary schools and meet all current Year 6 students who have chosen Regents Park.
For students with special educational needs, the move from primary to secondary can be more challenging. That is why our SENCO collaborates with the SENCOs in the primary schools. Information, provision maps and advice are shared. There are a number of ways more vulnerable students are supported. For example, last year in the summer term we hosted a tea party with a difference: with a Year 7 partner, selected primary students baked scones and cakes before hosting a tea party!
First Day Nerves? No need!
On the first day of term, Year 7 students have the whole school to themselves. This allows them to get used to the site and routines before the other year groups join them. For at least the first week, Year 7 students also have an extended lunch. Their lunch begins earlier to allow them to get ahead of any queues. Likewise at the end of the day, for a fixed period of time, Year 7 also leave ten minutes early.
Parents Need Support Too!
Transition isn’t just about the students; parents often worry about the process too. At Regents Park, we want to make sure that mums and dads are kept informed and are just as supported during this important time. We hold a Year 6 Parents’ Evening where parents can meet senior leaders and the Head of Year 7, as well as learn more about routines and expectations. It is also the perfect time to ask any questions. This year the Year 6 Parents' Evening is due to be held on Tuesday 30th June 2020
Contact with Parents
Other events that support Year 7 parents include a Welcome Evening and a Subject Parents' Evening.