Transition for pupils with SEND

We recognise that children & families may experience lots of worries around transition. This can be for younger pupils starting Reception Class, Year 6 children preparing to go to high school and for children who are transferring from one class to another within school. 

We provide Social Stories for SEND pupils who are transferring within school. The Social Story contains photos of  their new classroom, staff who will be working with them and changes to routines.

Please find attached, some helpful support, advice & resources for pupils who are starting a new school in the Autumn. This also includes information for children returning to school following the COVID-19 Lockdown.

Here is a list of useful websites & books will help young children prepare for starting school-

Websites

BBC Bitesize and CBeebies have some activities and games linked to starting school.

Book Trust is the UK’s largest children’s reading charity. Their website has lots of ideas for families. This link has suggestions for using stories to help children to make sense of their world and support their wellbeing.

Tom Hardy reads a bedtime story on BBC iPlayer, Don’t Worry Little Crab by Chris Haughton. It’s all about a little crab overcoming his worries with a little help and encouragement.

CBeebies have a story time app that can be downloaded for free.

Music activities with young children support their physical and mental wellbeing by encouraging movement and providing a means of expression. The songs on CBeebies music time are varied and fun for everyone.

Try out some yoga and mindfulness with Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube or discover yoga with the Piplings on CBeebies to help your child to relax and sooth any anxieties.

The booklet from Action for Children, What to expect when (PDF 2.93MB) is a parents’ guide on what to expect in the Early Years Foundation Stage and when.

The characteristics of effective learning is a parent guide on the Family blog.

There is also information about talking to children about coronavirus on GOV.UK

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