1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Hi Guest, welcome to the TES Community!

    Connect with like-minded education professionals and have your say on the issues that matter to you.

    Don't forget to look at the how to guide.

    Dismiss Notice

Looking for help from Year 6 Primary School Teachers - Transition Resources

Discussion in 'Primary' started by lifeistoohard, Oct 26, 2017.

  1. lifeistoohard

    lifeistoohard New commenter

    Hello everyone :)

    I'm creating some transition resources - as a consultant - but I'm struggling to understand how they are used in schools and to create the right content for the age group.

    Can anyone help and/or point me in the right direction?

    Thank you in advance!
  2. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    Hello @lifeistoohard Welcome to the forums. :)

    I assume you mean transition from Primary to Secondary. You could try posting in the Primary forum where you may receive advice. Were you not given any guidance when employed to do the task?
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  3. lifeistoohard

    lifeistoohard New commenter

    Hi Marlin! I have posted there too, I have been given guidance but it is from Education Specialists who will come in normally and teach a transition lesson over the course of a day. So getting something that works for teachers is (as I understand it) a bit different and not all tasks will work in the same way?

    The subject is fine but we went down the route of basing the resource around aliens coming to Earth and were advised it was a bit too young. We're struggling to get the right creative balance with the right level of lesson.
  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    We used to have 'transition resources' from Middle to Secondary in our LA and they did work really well. Also gave us 'topics to pursue after those SATs to engage the pupils. Then we would meet up taking the worst and best 3 plus 3 middle achievers, place them all on a big table and compare. Surprising how sometimes one's high-flyers would sometimes then be re-classified when comparing with other schools. (One can be blinkered when one only has one cohort for comparison.;)) Equally so with some low-achievers. Meant we were able to provide more accurate data for Secondaries.

    All projects gave scope for assessing in all subjects. One project we did was 'Kenya' Life and culture. Another was a comparison between our own local are and another contrasting locality somewhere in the world - choice of country left to the individual children.
  5. Wotton

    Wotton Lead commenter

    Never had these in the schools I worked in in my LA. The children go to so many different schools I'm not sure how useful it would be. Our secondary schools always visit the primary schools they have children coming from speak to the teachers and the children then when the children start in Y7 assess all of them to get their own baseline to use along with any sats results.
  6. lifeistoohard

    lifeistoohard New commenter

    Can I ask what are good activities for Year 6 age range then please? I've had the following examples: Diamond 9, choose your own adventure, poster creation, small group activities, prioritising?

    Would prioritising public transport work for this age group? I'm looking to understand what is enough detail to provide for them.

    Any advice appreciated!
  7. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    I thought a consultant was supposed to be someone brought in because of their relevant expertise. If people here advise the consultant, do they get a cut? :cool:
  8. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Oh if only there was one simple answer to that question. ;) :rolleyes:

    Really much depends on what fires the imagination of that particular cohort of children.

    Certainly a current issue for debate such as your suggestion
    might well work, particularly for Maths, especially if there is some local issue.

    Examples of things we've successfully done in particular subjects include
    • Making a Maths game to help next year's Yr 6 revise and have fun doing so
    • Writing an adventure story -we based ours on Escape to Kraznir which we also linked to Geog. ,Maths -codes and secret messages mazes etc ICT- instructions & graphics, Art- designing monsters & making models, scene sets for DT
    • My journey to Xxxxxx. Maths was working out expenses, researching hotel & other prices, itineraries etc, a diary of their holiday, postcards & letters sent back for English, history, religion, art etc of their chosen destination. For Art they had to either do a painting or model, item of needlecraft etc suitable for 'selling to a tourist.
    • Comparison of Home County with a contrasting location somewhere else in the world. Again lots of opportunities to include other subjects.
    • Stranded on a desert Island- variety of books suitable as stimulus and this one provided possibility of including Science, looking for /storage of water, indigenous plant & animal life.
    Zoot likes this.
  9. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Must admit that thought crossed my mind too. ;) But if it benefits children who cares where advice comes from?
  10. lifeistoohard

    lifeistoohard New commenter

    Hi all

    All very helpful and to give a bit of background we do have a secondary school teacher in our pool of consultants but not a primary one. Neither ourselves nor the client thought that would be an issue to begin with but I think as we've gone along unfortunately that skillset and knowledge of what primary teachers will teach is missing.

    That in turn makes it difficult to move forward as their is double guessing going on. But this is all a big help so thank you :)

    And an attribution is freely given and if you did want to earn some additional money working on the resource I'd happy to talk about that if they sign the work off of course as that depends on us getting paid too... ;)
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  11. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    Having been in Year 6 for quite a few years now, I've seen many transition projects/schemes of work come and go. I've been involved in most of the above. Eventually, they seem to have died a death in our LA - secondary schools were not interested in linking in with us and continuing the projects. So I've created my own, with resources taken and adapted from those I've used in the past. I abandoned all the aliens coming to earth, etc, and concentrated on real life. It works really well for me; Year 6 enjoy it, feel grown-up and actually learn something! I usually do a couple of lessons a week post SATS.
    Focus is all about growing up and the wider world of adult life and going to work: I start one lesson with the question, "Are some jobs more important than others?" Always prompts lots of debate. We move on to "Do all jobs pay the same?" and "What makes some jobs pay more than others?" - qualifications, training, demand, unsocial hours, etc. They are always really engaged. I have another lesson which starts with the question "When you have a job, would you expect to keep all the money that you earn?" They are always truly horrified by income tax, council tax, national insurance, etc!!! Also have one which starts with getting them to draw an 'open' house, with the rooms and contents visible, and label where they think their families have to spend money .... "What? We have to pay for water? But it's free!" Then I have another whole section about life at secondary schools.

    Perhaps I might put it all together and market it someday!
    lifeistoohard and Zoot like this.
  12. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    @sunshineneeded really great ideas there.

    Perhaps I might put it all together and market it someday! Certainly would be great, but as you say it would need all Secondaries to get onboard with it.;)
  13. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    I love your ideas. :) We used to do a project, post SATs that would fit in nicely with your work. It is an educational resource produced by the Bank of England called Pounds and Pence.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  14. lifeistoohard

    lifeistoohard New commenter

    Thank you! That's really helpful, we'd just spoken about moving our examples to real life so that is good to know we are heading in the right direction. :)
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.

Share This Page