TRANSITION into and across learning stages at Wrenbury Primary School
At Wrenbury Primary school, we see our school being part of a child's whole educational journey. We now offer Little Wrens at Wrenbury, our own provision for 3-4 year old children as part of our EYFS offer to the local community.
Little Wrens offers our youngest children a sense of belonging and ensures they are school ready as they access not only our EYFS setting but have opportunities to learn alongside our EYFS 2 (reception) children and staff. They attend our school assemblies, play and learn in our school setting and have lunch with our EYFS and KS1 children. Learning opportunities across EYFS, including Little Wrens, are linked by stories to our whole school termly themes. A seamless transition from EYFS 1 into EYFS 2 ensures our youngest children are ready to start their primary education.
For children starting at Wrenbury in reception (EYFS) from other nursery / preschool settings, we offer an induction that ensures that these children, too, feel a sense of belonging. This is achieved by:
EYFS 2 — end of Y6 — The learning journey through Wrenbury:
Once a child has started their learning journey at Wrenbury and being part of a small school, they are given many opportunities to engage with and get to know all the staff and children in all year groups.
Weekly well-being lunch clubs for all our children from YR-Y6 enable staff and children to get to know each other beyond their teaching and learning year group.
Transition meetings between teachers take place at the end of each year as the children journey through school; the focus being on the progress of the child during the year, their strengths and areas that may need support in the forthcoming year.
Again, but as a whole school staff, on our first INSET day each September, we focus attention on all our children's well-being, putting in actions and support where necessary.
In some cases, children are taught by the same teacher for more than one year or the teaching assistant moves up with the children for a consecutive year to provide continuity for the children and to secure their well-being.
Alongside this, staff are insightful of the learning of children in other classes and our staff meetings allow all teachers to have clarity of where a child is achieving academically and what the expectations are for that child as they move through school (continuity and progression) allowing for a seamless transition year on year.
Our upper KS2 staff and subject leads in Maths and English (initially) are currently working with KS3 staff from a local high school on the Y5-8 curriculum to support a seemless transition not only for our pupils but all pupils.
Induction into KS3 involves:
This allows children at Wrenbury to be 'high school ready' by the time they leave the school at end of 6.