Effective transition from Year 6 to Year 7 – It’s all about continuity, sharing and challenging.
Creating a continuum of learning that builds on prior knowledge and skills, creates independent and enthusiastic learners and ensures every child can progress and achieve their full potential is what anyone who is in the education profession would agree with. So why is it that we still have a well-researched and continuing dip in performance of anything up to 39% for pupils at the end of year 7.
The process of transition is critical to ensuring learning continues over the transition bridge between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. This is even more so with the imperative to ensure that the planned curriculum builds on prior learning and creates a sequence of knowledge learning and skills development that will continue throughout a pupil’s school life.
We run a very popular event called Crossing the Transition Bridge – How to Create a Strategy to Deliver Seamless and Sequential Learning from Key Stage 2 to 3 where we ask delegates to focus on how we can turn that well researched dip in performance into higher achievement. We look in detail at the way secondary key stage three curriculum planning can be enriched by an in-depth focus on the programmes of study that create the primary curriculum.
It is amazing how often we ask the questions ‘How do you share schemes of work across the transition bridge?’, how do you know what has been taught in Year 5 and Year 6? and receive the answer, ‘we don’t’.
We have a real opportunity to make a difference with some simple changes to policy and practice and ensure that all our pupils are enthused by the learning that takes place throughout their year 7 experience and beyond.
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