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Magazine Issue 60: Transition
June 2015

This month: Thoughts about School Transition

Article: School Transition
New Resources
Mike's Books
Additional Resources

This Month's Article:

KEY IDEAS ABOUT TRANSITION

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KEY IDEAS ABOUT TRANSITION An Article introducing Transition.

This is a Free Sample Resource

Categories: Article, Transition, Other Subject, Educators

Tags: Transition

There are many transitions in life apart from those between schools.

We are born, grow, start school, make friends, change school, move school again, go to college, start work, form serious relationships, produce more humans, change jobs, move house, get promoted/sacked, form new serious relationships, buy fast cars, move country, come back again, bury our relatives, welcome new relatives, begin to wear out, slow down, move to hospital or care home and finally die.

Although very different, each transition has similar themes, and by understanding the significant changes in our own lives we are better placed to support our pupils through theirs.

When pupils move between classes and schools, they don’t suddenly and magically adapt to a new set of requirements and expectations. They need time to learn and time to acclimatise

There is evidence that children who fail to make a successful transition from primary to secondary school are more likely to become alienated, to truant or to create difficulties and disruptions when they are in school. Their concerns generally include:

1. The size and more complex organization of the new school
2. New forms of discipline and authority
3. New demands of work
4. Making new friends
5. The prospect of being bullied

Maurice Galton and colleagues looked in detail at what children might need to progress successfully into secondary education. They identified five areas of effective transition and expressed them using the metaphor of five bridges. Galton argued that pupils must cross each bridge successfully; a challenge made very much easier by timely and informed intervention by Year 6 and Year 7 teachers. The bridges describe school transition but can also be used to think about other life changes like those listed above:

1. The Bureaucratic Bridge
2. The Social and Emotional Bridge
3. The Curriculum Bridge The Academic Bridges
4. The Pedagogy Bridge
5. The Management of Learning Bridge

Schools tend to pay greater attention to 1, 2 and 3. Transition can be even more effective when 4 and 5 are taken into account as well. For example, crossing the pedagogy bridge requires pupils to reflect on their learning preferences, how they learned in the school they are leaving, and how they will be learning in the one they are joining.


New Resources:

Arch Thinking

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Arch Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool for making connections, speaking & listening, debate and logical thinking.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Analytical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Secondary

Tags: Challenge High Order Thinking Logic
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Arch Thinking Powerpoint

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Arch Thinking Powerpoint A Thinking Tool Template in Powerpoint to help you easily apply Arch Thinking in class.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Analytical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Secondary

Tags: Challenge High Order Thinking Logic
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ICT Think Sheet - Safety

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ICT Think Sheet - Safety A Think Sheet to help pupils think about internet safety and develop independence around effective internet use.

Categories: Think Sheet, Thinking Skills, IT, Secondary

Tags: Internet Safety
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Values Think Sheet - Trust

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Values Think Sheet - Trust A new style Think Sheet to help pupils explore the meaning of trust.

Categories: Think Sheet, PSHE, All Ages, Teaching & Learning

Tags: Values Trust
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Mike's Books:

A book to help you design and deliver effective transition activities and programmes.

How to Support Children Moving School
by Mike Fleetham

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How to Support Children Moving School<br> by Mike Fleetham A practical Book to supporting children and young people making transitions at all stages of their school lives, whether they are moving within or between schools, or to sixth-form college or away from home.

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Categories: Book & EBook, Transition, Any Subject, All Ages

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Additional Resources:

Thinking Classroom Archive:

New Year, New Classess

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New Year, New Classess An Article including a simple checklist to help you prepare more effectively for starting work with new classes and new groups.

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Categories: Article, Transition, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Transition New Year

PSHE Think Sheet - Transition

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PSHE Think Sheet - Transition A Think Sheet of Thinking Classroom ideas applied to transition.

Categories: Think Sheet, Thinking Skills, Transition, Junior, Secondary, PSHE

Tags: Transition
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Bingo Thinking

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Bingo Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool and game for helping pupils get to know each other at the beginning of the year or when starting a new school.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Collaborative Thinking

Tags: Transition
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Dream Bottles

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Dream Bottles A Story that poses an interesting magical challenge about success and failure after leaving home. Links to the questions that are set in the "Tips for successful transition" resource.

Categories: Story, Transition, Junior, Secondary, English, PSHE

Tags: Dream Wish Goals Success Failure Story
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Books:

Transition to Secondary School
by Molly Potter

Transition to Secondary School <br>by Molly Potter 100 ideas to support your students through an exciting but challenging school transition. A handbook, a survival guide and a travel companion.

Available from Amazon

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Categories: Suggested Books, Transition

Tags: Secondary School Primary School


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