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Price band: Free

Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5, Adult, EYFS

Region(s): All of UK

Prepare your pupils for the transition to a new class or a new school with the selection of resources we have pulled together from a range of different resource providers.

Further resources:

  • Sign up for a free Transition event with Matt Goodfellow, poet and author of verse novel The Final Year on 7th June. The event is hosted by the National Literacy Trust and is aimed at pupils aged 9-11.
  • You can also download teaching resources to accompany The Final Year from CLPE. Available to download with their free membership.
  • The Summer Book Club is a transition project for new Year 7s that aims to promote reading for pleasure and help build a sense of community through a shared reading experience.
  • Share these five top tips with pupils moving up to secondary schools from Christian Foley, former teacher, poet and author of Moving Up: How to Ace Secondary School.
  • Download a set of My Transition Journals from Scottish Book Trust to support your pupils during the transition from primary to secondary school. The journal includes a mood tracker, space for recording new experiences and favourite books, as well as blank pages for some creative doodling.
  • The Rooted in Reading Transition Passports are designed to encourage pupils to keep reading over the summer holidays and provide secondary teachers with an insight into pupils’ reading interests and practices.
  • Find reading recommendations to support transition from the primary experts at Books for Topics. There are recommended reads for Year 6 pupils preparing for the transition to secondary school and picture books to share with children as they prepare for the transition to a new class.
  • BookTrust has a list of recommended reads to prepare young people for the transition to secondary schools.
  • Explore the National Literacy Trust’s reading for pleasure transition activities for Key Stages 1-3. Available to download with their free membership.
  • Former SLA Librarian of the Year Lucas Maxwell provides a list of 50 titles that he recommends to new Year 7 pupils.
  • Moving Up! provides a short animation and free teacher toolkit that explores common fears and potential solutions for pupils about to move or newly arrived at secondary school.
  • The BBC, in partnership with mental health charity Young Minds, has created a series of films and ‘Find your Feet’ activity packs to help schools support pupils as they transition from primary to secondary school.
  • Get advice on how to support pupils through the change from primary to secondary schools with this free Find Your Feet webinar for teachers from Young Minds. You can also download packs of transition activities for pupils and find tips and resources to share with parents.

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