Transition at Ripley Junior School
There are two main stages of Transition – as children enter our school when they begin Year 3, and as they leave our school in Year 6 to attend secondary school (KS3 and 4). There are also times within the year that children may join our school from local cluster schools, or from further afield.
What do we do?
From the start of each year, we ensure that children are given the opportunity to come to our school to experience the things we do. For example, our infant feeder schools are invited to our harvest and Christmas shows, we visit the schools to talk with teachers, children visit during open days, taster days etc.
Once junior places are confirmed, we ensure that our Year 3 teachers and management team visit our feeder schools to collect information and begin to build relationships with the children who will come to us. The children are invited to 3 separate transition taster days, where they experience full days as ‘juniors’ – they complete lessons with the Year 3 team, eat in our dining hall and are dismissed from our school. This gives the children the opportunity to see what it will be like when they join us in September. During these days, we also provide children with the time to talk to current year 3’s about their experiences. Some children are also offered additional transition sessions with our school nurture team. This gives them extra time to meet other members of staff and get to know the school to ensure they have a smooth transition to RJS. During the autumn term, after the children have settled in, the Y2 staff visit the children to see how they are getting on, and to look at and celebrate the work completed so far. We also hold information sessions for parents to inform them about what happens at RJS and to answer any questions or concerns.
Children are placed into Year 3 classes by their infant school teachers – we do this as they know their children best at this time and are able to group friends together and using knowledge about attainment to ensure each class is fair and balanced, ensuring you children continue to have a fantastic education.
Once our pupils are aware of their secondary school, we begin liaising with their new schools to provide information to support their transition. If we think your child will need additional support, we will arrange additional transition days at their new school. Children are usually invited to visit schools on open days/afternoons with parents too. We also visit our main feeder school, The Ripley Academy, each year to take part in sport festivals and secondary taster days. Teachers and transition co-ordinators also visit RJS and the Y6 team from each school to allow us to pass on any information about our pupils – friendship groups, anything we think may need extra support etc. There are also additional activities, such as the Blend Transition project, which takes place to provide extra support for our children leaving us.
If you would like any further information about transition activities, or about life at RJS, please contact the school office, Mrs Clarke or a member of the Y3/6 team, who will be happy to assist.