TRANSITION: Year 6 to Year 7
Thank you for taking the time to visit the Transition section of our website. We are delighted to be welcoming your child to Teign School.
We know the transition from Primary school can be both exciting and unsettling for students and parents alike and we are pleased to say that our Pastoral team are on hand to support and guide you at every step of the way, ensuring that your son or daughter settles into school life as smoothly and easily as possible.
We feel passionately that pupils should enjoy their schooling and become active members of the school and the wider community through engaging in the wide range of extra-curricular activities and other opportunities available. Also, ensuring that all pupils have an excellent attitude to learning, allowing them to succeed academically and achieve their potential is our priority. This links directly to our ‘Vision and Ethos’ which promotes a love of learning, being ready for the world, celebrating achievement for all, being a centre of the community, developing the best mind-set and supporting each other.
Finally I would like to assure you that we are always on hand if you have any queries concerning your child and we hope that over the coming years your child will make lots of new friends and happy memories.
Students should be mannerly at all times. They should be punctual to lessons and not talk when the teacher is talking.
Students should walk in and out of the assembly venue in silence with their tutor group and form tutor.
Remember to dismount at the gate. Bikes must be walked to the cycle racks and locked up. Bikes, scooters or mopeds are NOT to be ridden in school.
Movement around the School
Students should walk quietly between lessons, keeping to the left hand side of corridors and stairs.
Each Year group has their own base with sandwich rooms to eat in, quiet rooms to study in and general social rooms to spend time with friends.
Students should take care of their belongings and not bring expensive items into school
Students should use break or lunchtime to use the toilet – not request to leave lessons.
Students should try to get involved as much as they in the life of the school by joining clubs and taking on responsibility
How much homework is there in Year 7?
Homework should take between 30 minutes and an hour per subject. Students will be set homework on a weekly basis per core subject.
I am interested to know how you are preparing for the change in GCSEs?
Subjects are structuring their courses differently as a result of the linear examination system.
Do you stream Year 7?
There is no streaming at Teign School, although some subjects such as Mathematics do set their students, following a settling in period..
Do you offer ParentPay for school uniform?
At this moment we use Price and Buckland as our uniform suppliers. As this company is external to Teign School there will be no Parent Pay option.
What will my classes be like and will I be with my friends?
Primary schools send plenty of information to help students settle quickly at Teign. Some of this information is about ‘groupings’ and ‘who works well with whom’. We do try and allocate tutor and teaching groups to include friendship requests, as long as this is productive in lessons.
How do you cover the three Sciences in Year 7?
All three Sciences are taught across Year 7, as one subject, although students could have more than one teacher.
I’d be interested to know why you have a two weekly timetable as opposed to a weekly.
The two week timetable gave the school the flexibility of changing to a five period day. The benefits of the five period day are; less change over between lesson time and one afternoon lesson, which is more productive.
Can a younger sibling wear the ‘older’ style rugby shirt handed down from his brother?
Unfortunately no, if the uniform is the old style.
Do you get a map when you start?
Yes, please see below. There is also a map on our website
How easy is to navigate places?
During the June induction days pupils are set an orienteering task, which involves pupils navigating their way around the school answering questions which are posted on each of our teaching blocks. As well as being great fun, this is an informative way of pupils finding their way around the school site.
‘The Big Step‘ in affiliation with Teign School, will be delivering a summer transition programme for all new year 7 students starting at Teign School in September 2020. The programme provides young people with the support they need so their transition from Primary to Secondary School is a success.
The programme is delivered by teachers and takes place for one week over the course of the summer holidays (17th -21st August)
The Programme is both educational and fun with curiosity central, to inspire students to learn. The timetable is interactive, challenging and has clear outcomes. There is a clear focus on identifying the needs of each student and then working with them to maintain their literacy and numeracy levels so that gains in primary school are not lost in transition.