At Sarah Bonnell, we believe that building strong working partnerships with our key feeder primary schools enables us to develop a smooth Transition programme for our Year 7 students. Where opportunities arise, we collaborate with Year 6 teachers through Continued Professional Development in order to ensure that when students join us in Year 7, lessons are challenging and engaging from the outset.
When students join Sarah Bonnell in Year 7, their learning over the first four weeks takes the form of a Transition Project across all Curriculum Areas. We feel that this allows students to transition to secondary education and to slowly build up the number of discrete subjects that they study.
This year the focus was on Exploration, and our staff worked together in collaborative groupings in the following areas:
- English and Modern Foreign Languages
- STEM (Science, Technology, English and Mathematics)
- Humanities (History, Geography, PHSRE and Learning for Life)
- Expressive Arts (Music, Drama, Art and PE)
Students studied a broad and varied range of topics including Robinson Crusoe, Treasure Island, the history and geography of Sarah Bonnell School and its surrounding area, planning and creating a computer game, and Art as a political message.
This work culminates in our Celebration of Learning Evening at the end of the first half term. Parents and carers are invited to Sarah Bonnell to visit the gallery of their daughter’s work, meet her teachers, and also meet her form tutor. The event was a fantastic success this year, with great conversations between staff, parents and students around their learning and their experience at Sarah Bonnell.
We also run a scheme of learning for one hour a week in Year 7 known as ‘Learning for Life.’ These lessons are focused on developing a range of learning competencies that students can then transfer to their academic subjects. Lessons focus on Growth Mindset, resilience, workload management and independent learning. In this way, we teach students how to learn at secondary school.
Our Mathematics and English Lead Practitioners are also currently working with Year 6 students and staff at Colegrave Primary School in Stratford, running booster literacy and numeracy sessions in preparation for secondary education. We Aim High at Sarah Bonnell, and value fostering relationships that allow all students to Aim High too.