Between November 2019 and February 2020 key staff from primaries and secondaries were invited to visit each other’s schools to better understand the Year 6 and Year 7 curriculum and expectations of pupils across this key transition point, and discuss their observations. This was an opportunity to observe Year 6 and 7 lessons, see how the school day runs, have conversations with colleagues from other schools and finish the day with an opportunity to discuss lessons learned, particularly in terms of curriculum continuity from KS2 and KS3.
All colleagues that took part were invited to a Curriculum Bridging Workshop in February to agree learning objectives for an NOA Bridging Project that schools can use to support pupils in their learning across the transition to high school.
Working groups of primary and secondary teachers have formed to create a single project for literacy that pupils can complete after SATs in Year 6, resulting in a piece of exemplar work for their secondary schools; as well as starting a discussion about how to ensure pupils retain and develop key numeracy skills between key stage 2 and 3, and a look at the ways that primary schools can prepare pupils for the behaviour and attitude expectations at their prospective high schools.
Resources will be available to schools after Easter.
To get involved in any of these projects contact Emma van Deventer email@example.com.