Date
19 January 2020

Provide information about the school, class/es, and moving around the school

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Planning for successful transitions to school ’

Use video and student voice

Use video and student voice

A video made by Silverstream students for new entrants and their parents. They show viewers the school and classroom routines, and introduce their learning.

Introduce your school to new students

Introduce your school to new students

Ideas for familiarising students with your school.

  • Introduce the students and parents to staff they will be interacting with. Provide names, photos and contact details.
  • Provide opportunities for new students to engage with current students in an activity.
  • Ensure the student can ask questions during the tour of the school and provide a map for visual support.
  • Identify students who will be buddies to the new student.
  • Consider what you do for all students first, then look at what you need to do that is different for a student who needs additional support.
  • Evaluate your school’s transition process – ask students and parents for feedback after they have been  at school for a term.

Welcome pack and web page examples

Welcome pack and web page examples

Examples of welcome packs and school website pages.

View these examples of schools using the internet to engage with parents.

While it is useful to have information on your school’s website, it is helpful to have this available in hardcopy as well.

When creating or updating your welcome pack, consider:

  • using inclusive language
  • outlining the support for students with additional needs
  • describing how you engage with parents in an ongoing way, for example, through face-to-face meetings, newsletters, email, Facebook and so on.

View these examples of school welcome packs.

Strategies for transitioning into primary school

Strategies for transitioning into primary school

Strategies for successful transitions from early childhood education to school.

  • Provide information and familiarisation activities for families.
  • Develop home-school partnerships.
  • Make connections with the knowledge and learning that children bring from home and from their early childhood education centre.
  • Foster children’s friendships.
  • Consider children’s whole experience of school, including lunchtimes and using the toilets.
  • Develop a shared understanding with parents of learning and social goals.
  • Use assessment practices that recognise the situated nature of learning and the cultural construction of assessment practices.
  • Provide opportunities for play that enable children to explore experiences and develop oral language.
  • Understand the impact of rules and how they can support belonging, but can also constrain behaviour and create anxiety.

Source: Literature review: Transition from early childhood education to school (opens in a new tab/window)

Useful resources

Useful resources

Starting school Te timata o te haere ki te kura

Starting school: Te tīmata o te haere ki te kura

Read time: 42 min

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Download PDF

Website

Collaborative relationships and sharing responsibility

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Visit website

Website

Transitions: Students at the centre

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Visit website

Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Plan for successful transitions to school”:

Return to the guide “Transitions – managing times of change”

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