Partnerships with primary schools are well developed and contribute to smooth transition of pupils into Year 7. Estyn 2013
Here at Caldicot School we appreciate how important it is to answer your questions about transition from primary to secondary school and we do this in a variety of ways. Working closely with our feeder primary schools we not only provide information for parents, we give the children exciting opportunities to experience aspects of secondary school while they are still in Years 5 and 6.
Music, sporting and science activities are offered to pupils in Year 5. Pupils come to Caldicot School and work in the science laboratories with science teachers. They learn how to use a Bunsen burner and conduct experiments about energy found in food. Transition activities continue into Year 6 and begin when parents and children are invited to Caldicot School Open Evening.
This formal event can then be followed by subsequent visits made by arrangement. Later in the year, pupils from Year 6 are invited to attend transition days. On these occasions they are taught a selection of lessons, given a tour of the school and offered the use of the canteen to buy lunch. This enables them to begin to understand our school routine and gives them a flavour of what is to come. Subject specialists from Caldicot School also visit the primary schools to deliver taster lessons in a variety of subjects.
As pupils approach the end of Year 6 and prepare to leave primary education, parents and children are invited to the New Intake Evening. Information is given, questions are answered and pupils are informed which form group they are placed in. Transition from Year 6 into Year 7 is a very exciting time but for some a time of uncertainty. We aim to make this process smooth and seamless.
Should you wish to find out more, please contact the school and ask for Mrs M Thomas, our Transition Pathway Leader.