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What Makes a Successful Transition?

Is it an understanding of the difference in teaching philosophies? Is it about understanding the personal changes the children are going through? Is it a step by step plan?

This article focuses on the traditionally stressful periods of transition on a young person’s journey from nursery to secondary. It highlights philosophies and techniques of key authors currently working, researching and writing within the field and suggests further reading for transition success.
 

From the Early Years to Primary School

Onwards and Upwards by author Kathleen Orlandi introduces the concept of transition and identifies the key problem areas for children and adults focusing on the differences in philosophy and practice between the EYFS and Key Stage One, whilst also giving emphasis to the opportunities that are provided by the transition process. Kathleen Orlandi stresses the need for a balanced approach and the importance of sustained shared thinking from the EYFS through Key Stage One and provides practical strategies for achieving this. Read More about Onwards and Upwards and Kathleen Orlandi

Reception Year

Taking a different look at a child’s time of transition, Anna Ephgrave author of The Reception Year in Action offers a unique insight into the workings of a highly successful Reception class as it progresses through a complete academic year. The book covers all aspects of practice from the organization of the classroom and garden and the rationale behind this to the routines and boundaries that ensure children are safe, happy and therefore able to explore and learn. It tracks the events of each month in the year, paying particular attention to the environment, the role of the adult, links with parents, children’s individual needs and the key areas of learning and development. At each stage Anna Ephgrave gives the reason behind each decision and shows what the outcomes have been for the children. Read More about The Reception Year in Action and Anna Ephgrave

From the Primary School to Secondary School

The transition phase from primary to secondary school is a time of massive personal, physical, psychological and social change. Not only is it a difficult time for the young adolescent, but it is also a challenging time for parents, teachers and anyone working with young people experiencing such substantial changes in their lives. In her highly accessible book Transition Tightrope, Angie Wilcock offers clear, practical, and realistic tips and strategies to support teachers’ and parents’ understanding of this difficult transition stage. Read More about Transition Tightrope and Angie Wilcock

Another title which tackles this area is Bridging the Transition from Primary to Secondary School. Edited by Alan Howe and Val Richards the book offers another insight into children's development from Primary to Secondary, building a framework for the creation of appropriate and relevant educational experiences of children between the ages of 10-12. The book is based on the five 'transition bridges' - administrative, social and personal, curriculum, pedagogy, and autonomy and managing learning. Read More about Bridging the Transition from Primary to Secondary School and Alan Howe and Val Richards
 

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  1. Onwards and Upwards

    Supporting the transition to Key Stage One

    By Kathleen Orlandi

    How can teachers ensure that the transition from the Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage One is a positive experience for children? What are the issues for children, parents and teachers and how should teachers respond to these? This book introduces the concept of transition and...

    Published September 28th 2011 by Routledge

  2. The Transition Tightrope

    Supporting Students in Transition to Secondary School

    By Angie Wilcock

    The transition phase from primary to secondary school is a time of massive personal, physical, psychological and social change. Not only is it a difficult time for the young adolescent, but it is also a challenging time for parents, teachers and anyone working with young people experiencing such...

    Published October 30th 2012 by Routledge

  3. Bridging the Transition from Primary to Secondary School

    Edited by Alan Howe, Val Richards

    The transition from primary to secondary school can often be a difficult time for children, and managing the transition smoothly has posed a problem for teachers at both upper primary and lower secondary level. At a time when 'childhood' recedes and 'adulthood' beckons, the inequalities between...

    Published May 25th 2011 by Routledge