Coxhoe Primary School

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Transition Information Page

Change is a normal part of life and can provide opportunities for children to develop their resilience. Whether a child is starting primary school, changing schools, or moving from infants to juniors or primary to secondary school, this transition period needs to be carefully managed. If a child struggles with a transition it can have a negative impact on their wellbeing and academic achievement.

(Anna Freud - National Centre for Children and Families)

At Coxhoe Primary we understand the importance of managing transition points carefully for each of our children. Some of our children cope extremely well with change and for others it is a huge struggle. We are constantly reviewing our practice and we welcome further suggestions of how we can further develop our transition programme. Below is an outline of the types of things we offer at different times of the year. This has been adapted this year to reflect the current government guidelines. We hope you find this page helpful. 

Return to school September

See below social stories which can be adapted and shared with your child to prepare them for their return to school. Social stories are often used to simplify situations and give the facts for something which may seem unknown or worrying for a child. They can be used with any child of any age. Any text in RED is to be adapted for your child; this can be done using the example timetables link below for KS1 and KS2. We hope that you will find these helpful.

I'm Going Back to School - Word Document

I'm Going Back to School - PowerPoint

Meet your new teacher...

Donaldson Class - Miss Britton

McKee Class - Mrs Spiers


Rosen Class - Miss Cooper

Walliams Class - Miss Rodgers

Dickens Class - Miss Cummings

Milne Class - Mrs Fahey & Mrs Skaife

Morpurgo Class - Miss Read

Tolkien Class - Miss Haddick & Miss Dent

Hargreaves Class - Mr Mason

Dahl Class -Mr Hopson

Rowling Class - Mr Ord

Shakespeare Class - Miss Marsden and Mrs Caygill

Resources to support with transition:

 End of Year Booklet.docDownload
 Managing Worry factsheet.pdfDownload
 Problem Solving Worry.pdfDownload
 school ready checklist .pdfDownload
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What is usually in place?


  • Our EYFS team complete nursery or home visits to all new starters 
  • Getting ready for school meeting at nursery and school
  • Teddy Bear's picnic - children visit school with their parents
  • Trial school lunch 
  • New starter open evenings for parents and children
  • Staggered start in September 

For Y6: 

  • Some secondary schools have transition workers who come and work with Y6 throughout the year
  • Transition visit days to new secondary schools in June/July
  • Extra support for those pupils who struggle with transition through personalised passports
  • Extra transition visits for those pupils who struggle with change 

For Whole School:

  • Whole school transition week
  • Story time with new class and teacher every week for the last 3 weeks of term
  • Transition planners for those pupils who struggle with change (includes extra visits, working in new classroom, passport, working with new TA, extra story time in new class) 
  • For identified pupils with SEND some summer holiday half day parent supported school visits 

How have we adapted this year?


  • New starter evenings went ahead 
  • Teddy Bear's picnic in smaller groups
  • Staggered start in September 
  • Initial new starter meetings with parents 
  • Classes to be decided once EYFS team have spent time with the children 

For Y6:

  • Y6 team have liased with secondary schools to ask for virtual tours, maps, photos to prepare children
  • Some secondaries are still offering visits 
  • Home learning for WB 6th July is 'Transition Week' - hand delivered pack with resources to prepare and support pupils with transition to Y7
  • Open communication between Y6 team and Y6 pupils - they can call school office between 8am and 4pm for support 

For Whole School:

  • Home learning for WB 6th July is 'Transition Week' - hand delivered pack with resources to prepare and support pupils with transition to their new year group
  • Teachers are creating videos to add to this page introducing themselves to their new class
  • Plan for September: First day back will be with the child's current class and year group focused around wellbeing activities and support for moving on. Current Reception's day will be a choice of coming in one day in the last week of August. This is all dependent on government guidelines at the time
  • For identified pupils with SEND some summer holiday half day parent supported school visits. Government guidelines dependent.