Year 6 Virtual Transition information Evening
Welcome from your Progress Leader, Mr Stones
My role is to work with the Year 7 mentors as well as the Year 7 Pastoral Leader to make sure that your child has a smooth transition to secondary school. I also work closely with all staff to make sure that our children feel safe, settled and happy.
As you will be aware, we have had to adapt to the current situation regarding Covid-19 and how this affects schools. At this point in the academic year I normally visit our primary feeder schools. This allows me to work closely with Year 6 teachers and introduce myself to Year 6 children. Although I will not be able to make these visits, I have written to all of our primary schools to introduce myself as well as our Year 7 Pastoral Leader, Miss Alngohuro. We have shared our profiles to support children to recognise us and learn about what we do here at Norton College. I have also provided children with an activity to work on with their Year 6 teachers. This ‘fact-finding’ activity is designed to introduce children to some key information about Norton College including the layout of our site and the school timetable. I hope this brings some comfort to children at what is a difficult and challenging time for all. When children join us, our Year 7 mentors will also work tirelessly to make sure that all children feel safe and secure. They will talk to your child to make them aware of everything that they need to know to have a smooth transition to secondary school.
As a pastoral team, we are always here to help you and your child. I understand that this is such an important time in your child’s life. I will work with staff from across Norton College to do all I can to make this transition memorable. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us using the contact details provided at the top of this page.
In the coming days and weeks I shall use this page to share some additional activities from each of our subject areas. I will also keep this page updated to address common queries and keep you informed as well as share key documents to support your understanding of this adapted transition process.
In the meantime, I would encourage all children to take part in a short activity:
An activity from Mr Stones
Write a diary entry and include any questions or concerns that you may have about coming to Norton College. Send this to Mr Stones (email@example.com) and he’ll try his best to answer any questions.
Mr S O J Stones
Progress Leader (Year 7)
Mr S O J Stones
Year 7 Progress Leader
Miss J Alngohuro
Year 7 Pastoral Leader
Mrs T Hutchinson
Please note that the pack of forms that were sent out are due to be returned by Friday, 5th June 2020. If you are experiencing any problems returning them to school, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unfortunately our Year 6 Friendship Afternoon (3rd June) and our Year 6 Transitions Days (16th and 17th June) will not go ahead. Our Year 6 Transition Evening on 17th June is also cancelled. Please be reassured that we will do all we can to support all children to have a smooth and supportive transition into life here at Norton College. We will communicate regularly with children and their primary schools as well as with all parents and guardians to share key information.
We are delighted to share with you an interactive video tour of our school site. We would like to thank Jack, one of Year 13 media students, for independently filming, editing and coordinating this virtual tour. We hope that it supports children and their families to familiarise themselves with a selection of key areas and classroom facilities within our school.
Our uniform supplier is Uniform Direct. Uniform Direct is currently only accepting online orders (www.uniform-direct.com). For more information about the ordering and delivery process please visit their website directly. We strongly recommend that all uniform is purchased directly through our supplier and not from third-party retailers.
Mentor groups and classes
Please be reassured that we are currently working hard to ensure that mentor (registration) groups reflect children’s primary school groupings and friendship groups, and any preferences that may have been shared during the application process.
We also work closely with our feeder primary schools who share relevant information with us. Our SENDCO, Mrs T Hutchinson, is also available should you wish to discuss any queries directly. Mrs T Hutchinson can be contacted through email (email@example.com).
We also appreciate that many parents and guardians may be concerned about the lack of Year 6 data that is available to us this year. Our staff are working closely with Year 6 teachers to ensure that Year 7 teachers have an accurate and fair understanding of your child’s strengths and areas of development. Curriculum leaders will work closely with their teams to ensure that our assessment systems allow teachers to quality assure assessment data.
Resources for Year 6 children
On 3rd and 4th June Mr Stones sent a transitions pack to each of our local primary schools to support our Year 6 children.
This pack included a letter to children. A copy of this letter can be downloaded below.
This letter outlines activities that children can complete as part of our transitions programme. Some children may already be completing these within their Year 6 classes. Copies of the following activities can be downloaded below.
Finally, staff profiles have been shared with our feeder primary schools to support children to recognise key Norton College staff. These can also be downloaded below.
Subject materials for Year 6 children
Our curriculum teams have offered the following materials to provide children with subject-specific information. Throughout these resources, children will be able to learn about each of our different subject areas and read about the interests and hobbies of subject teachers. There is also some guidance on home learning and a selection of subject-specific tasks and activities have been offered.