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 teachers. 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.

‘Go Big – Be Awesome’ Diploma:
Below are the links you will need to access the ‘Go Big – Be Awesome’ information and resources. Please click on the logo to view the Diploma introduction video which will help you complete the activities.

Go Big Resource Pack – Sessions 1-3
Go Big Resources Pack
Go Big Workbook
Go Big – Be Awesome Biddenham Diploma Overview

Please click below for information from the transfer day sessions:

Year 6 into Year 7 Assembly
Code Breaking
French
Geography
Project Based Learning
Religious Studies
Wellbeing Task 1
Wellbeing Task 2
Spanish

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_

To ease any anxieties you or your child may have about starting secondary school, we have some videos that cover the most common asked questions. These questions are also answered in the ‘Starting Secondary School’ 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_

Please also watch our introduction video.

Top Tips Videos

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 ‘Starting Secondary School’ 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_

School
Pack
Information

Making
friends
at school

What you
will learn
in year 7

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

Bikes, Lockers
and
Lunchtime

Getting Lost
and
Homework

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

‘Go Big’ Diploma Challenges

These challenges are fun and again are to familiarise your child with as many staff members as we can. These are to work alongside the other ‘Go Big’ activities that have been sent home in your transition packs.

Lemon Drizzle
Cake

Time to get
creative

Tree
Art

BSL Sign Language Challenge

Recycled
Bowling

Afternoon
Tea

How many languages
can you say hello in?