Resources to Support Transition

At Biddenham we understand that it can be daunting for parents to move from having one teacher to contact in primary school, to a range of teachers in secondary school.

We have put together the Starting Secondary School Booklet to support you and your child during this transition phase, with school specific information to help you contact the right person with any questions you may have. You can also contact enquires@biddenham.beds.sch.uk and we will respond at our earliest convenience.

Who do we contact in school during transition?

Please see the information below to support you in finding the right person to contact. During the transition process from primary to secondary school the main contact will be:

Miss Copley
Assistant Headteacher
Outreach, Partnership
and Community

You will then be introduced to your child’s form tutor who will become the first point of contact.

Typical Transition Programme from Year 6 into Year 7
Transition will be a slightly different experience for every child joining us and it is based on the needs of the individual. Examples of what they might be involved in are:

During the transfer days your child will have the opportunity to meet their class form tutor and some subject staff. This will give them a taste of what it will be like but not feel overwhelmed. Examples might include Science experiments in one of the labs, Sports lessons in the sports hall or on the astro turf or Drama in the drama studio with stage lighting. These opportunities will put worries to rest and excitement to flourish in preparation for September.

Update: Transition for June 2020
We know the anxieties you and your child may have at this time are heightened and we have been working hard as a school to create a bespoke package that we hope will prepare your child for secondary school, still enable them to explore the different subjects they will encounter in year 7 and introduce them to our staff and students.

All resources have been created to meet the needs of the students following social distancing advice set by the Government. These resources have been shared with the feeder primary schools. If you have any issues please either contact us or your child’s primary school, we are all happy to help during these unprecedented times.

Please click on the ‘Go Big – Be Awesome’ boxes below to access the following:

Go Big Resource Pack – Sessions 1-4
Go Big Resources Pack
Go Big Workbook
Go Big – Be Awesome Biddenham Diploma Overview

In addition to this, you might find the following documents useful:

School Map – help them locate where they need to go for particular subjects.

School Menu – try doing some money skills with them in preparation.

Sample Year 7 Timetable – give them the opportunity to see what a school timetable looks like and try and work out how to use it

Please watch this video to prepare them for their next steps and allow them to see that they are not alone in these very uncertain times.
For more regular updates follow us on twitter @BISKS3_

We have compiled and continue to compile video to help your child prepare for their transition to Biddenham.

Please watch the introduction video for year 6 and please click on the images below to view:

  • Welcome video from the staff at Biddenham.
  • Weekly Vlogs answering key questions you may have.
  • Fun Friday video challenges set each week by different teachers.

The videos are being created to show as many staff as we can before your child transitions to secondary school.

Remember to share what you have been doing to prepare by tagging us in your tweets @BISKS3_

Weekly Vlogs

To ease any anxieties you or your child may have about starting secondary school, we are releasing weekly Q & A sessions that cover the most common asked questions. These questions are also answered in the secondary booklet, but it is often nice to watch the short clips with your child to start any conversations about the transition to secondary school. For further updates please follow us on twitter @BISKS3_

Week 1

Transfer Pack
Information

Week 2

Bikes, Lockers
and Lunchtime

Week 3

Getting Lost and
Homework

Week 4

Times of the day, being on time, being ill.

Week 5

Uniform, first day and week, who do I go to for support.

Fun Friday

Each Friday we are setting a weekly challenge to bring the new year group together. The challenges are fun and again are to familiarise your child with as many staff members as we can. These are to work alongside the ‘Go Big’ activities that have been sent home in your transition packs.

Week 1

Lemon Drizzle
Cake

Week 2

Tree
Art

Week 3

BSL Sign Language Challenge

Week 4

Recycled
Bowling

Virtual Transition Day – Wednesday 8th July 2020

Welcome
Assembly

Assistant Head of Year and Form Tutors Welcome Message 

What you will learn
in year 7

Transition
Activities

The link for Activity 3 is here

Still to come… 

Live Tutor Group Virtual Sessions: Monday 13th July – Thursday 16th July 2020

This session will be will be with your child’s form tutor and the rest of their tutor group.

The session will include an introduction from your child’s form tutor and some fun activities for them to take part in.

More information shortly.