The Local Authority are responsible for the Middle School admissions procedure, and issue information on this to schools and parents. The lower school share information on progress and attainment, attendance and special educational needs of individual pupils with the middle schools prior to a pupil’s transition.
We have asked our children in our Year 5 cohort if they felt prepared for Year 5. Many believed that their teachers and/or family helped them to prepare by addressing worries, reassuring and encouraging them, explaining what to expect and how middle school works, and by giving advice and tips on how to cope at their new school. The majority of children feel that having more than one teacher and changing classrooms between lessons are the most challenging thing they have to overcome when they transfer to middle school.
At Potton Lower we manage the transition process by giving the children the following opportunities.
- ICT lessons are conducted in the Middle School ICT Suite during Year 3 and year 4
- Weekly assemblies held with Years 5 and 6 in the Middle School Building
- Information booklets
- Open evenings/days
- Talks from the Middle School teachers to the Lower School
- Transition days throughout Year 4 to ensure that the children are familiar with the Middle School and can sample lessons
- To help curriculum continuity we use bridging materials where the same planning and exercise books are used across all Year 4 feeder lower schools
- There is also sharing of information on the skills and understanding pupils have achieved and on the style of lessons, for example, through the visits made by Year 5 teachers to Year 4 classrooms to watch the class work and talk to individual pupils.