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Transition to Secondary School

During this half term, we would be looking at a range of activities linked to the children starting secondary school in September. 

 

I will keep this page updated with information that I receive from the secondary schools. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

Thank you, Miss Watson.

MegaTravel Bus Pass

Cheaper travel is available for all under 16s living in South Yorkshire with a MegaTravel Pass. MegaTravellers can travel in South Yorkshire for a single fare of 80p per journey on buses or trams. They can also buy discounted 1, 7 or 28 day tickets, which are loaded onto the pass, which might be cheaper if they travel regularly. Under 16s travelling without a valid pass may be charged full fare, so even if your pupils are not travelling on public transport right now, we’re encouraging early application so they’re ready to go in September. The pass proves a child is eligible to travel for the concessionary fare on public transport in South Yorkshire.

 

Instructions on how to apply for a MegaTravel Pass are available at https://www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/megatravel or on the documents below. 

 

 

Virtual Transition

Please click here to access the Google Classroom.

 

You will be asked to log in using a gmail account. I have set this up for all children to use.

Email - barnburghy6@gmail.com

Password - Barnburgh123

 

In the top right corner you will see a '+' sign. This will let you access a Google Classroom. The code for

Ridgewood is 'k7wisoh'. This will then take you to their transition classroom.

 

At the top there is a tab called 'classwork'. This is what the children have had access to in class. We have looked at the virtual tour and the transition flying start videos which link to the transition booklet. We will also be looking at the transition learning projects but your child is more than welcome to use this site to watch other videos and recap what we have done in class. 

1st June 2020

16th June 2020

Updated letter - Cliffs

Y7 Parent Information

FAQ’s – Year 7 students

What do I need to bring to school with me?

  • A black pen
  • A red pen
  • A pencil
  • A ruler
  • A calculator - Casio FX-85GTPLUS (or similar Casio model; please ask your maths teacher).
  • Ridgewood School planner
  • A reading book (KS3 Accelerated Reader Programme)
  • PE Kit (if you have PE)
  • Food technology ingredients (if you have a Food technology practical lesson)
  • A bag big enough for school books and writing equipment

What lessons will I have at Ridgewood?

You will have a two week timetable which you will be given when you start All students study English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Drama, RE, Technology, a modern foreign language, Art, IT, Music, PE and PSHCE.

Will I get homework?

At Ridgewood, homework will allow you to practise your knowledge, understanding and skills, so that these are deeply embedded.

Core subjects (English, Maths, Science) could set a revision or exploration task to consolidate learning, to deepen understanding or to gain new knowledge. How much homework you receive will be decided by the department but the setting and deadline days will depend on the individual timetable.

Non-core subjects have less timetable allocation in KS3 than core subjects and in many cases only one period per week. These subjects will set homework when there is a specific learning purpose or an assessment focus.

Will I be with my friends in lessons?

Many of you are coming from a school with 30 pupils per year group to Ridgewood which has 240 students in each year group. When we allocate students to their form groups, we use information from your primary school, including information about whether you work well with someone. You are likely to know at least one person in your form group, and in your subject lessons, but you will also soon make new friends.

What if I get lost?

Do not worry about getting lost; every student and staff member at Ridgewood has at some time! You may be unsure about which classroom you are going to for each subject, but you will soon learn your way around school.  You will study many of your lessons with your form group so you will all move around school together.

All our teachers and students are really helpful, so if you do not know where to go all you need to do is ask and someone will point you in the right direction.

Can I bring my mobile phone into school?

Ideally, you would leave your phone at home. If you do chose to bring it to school it must be turned off and placed in your bag. If you are seen with your mobile phone during the day it will be confiscated and your parent/carer may be asked to come and collect it. If a parent/carer needs to contact you during the school day they must phone the main school number and a message will be brought to you very quickly. They must not call your phone, even during break or lunchtime.

We recommend asking your parent/carer to read our policies regarding mobile phones.

What should I do if I think I need to contact my parent/carer during the day?

Your parents will be busy at home or work during the day so we only like to get in touch with them if it is an emergency. You must not phone your parent/carer during the day. Student Services will be able to contact your parents/carers on your behalf and pass on a message if needed.

What do I do at lunchtime?

Year 7 students come to the dinner hall 15 minutes into Period 4, at 12.40pm.  Another year group will have already been in the hall and eaten their lunch. You will either queue for a school dinner or come straight in for a packed lunch.

You buy food using a biometric scanner or pin code which is linked to a digital account on ParentPay. This means that you don’t have to bring any cash into school and your parent/carer can see what you have bought for your lunch and at break.

What clubs can I join?

Although lessons finish at 3pm, many students are part of an after school club. These typically run from 3pm until 3.55pm. There is a wide range of different clubs available, including in PE, music and drama. We recognise that extra-curricular activity is very important so there is a late bus that can take you home straight after the club has finished.

Will I get detentions?

Probably not! 95% of students at Ridgewood do not receive detentions. We will go explain to you about the two types of detention, C3 (30 minutes) and C4 (1 hour), on the first day of school. We understand that you need time to adjust to our rules and expectations so we will help and support you in the first few weeks.

Where do I go if I need help from an adult?

All adults at Ridgewood School are approachable. You can speak to any adult if you have an urgent problem. If you are unsure who to speak to, it would be best to talk to your form tutor during registration or form time.

I am nervous about coming, how can you help me?

Don’t worry, most students are nervous! We have been speaking to your primary schools who have given us lots of information about you. If they feel you need extra support, we will arrange this for you. The main thing you can do is to come to school with a positive attitude and be prepared to learn.

FAQs - Parents 

 

When are Year 7 students going to start Ridgewood School?

Currently, Year 7 students are due to attend Ridgewood School from Wednesday 2 September. If this changes due to current circumstances, we will be in touch.

What is the structure of the school day?

08.40 – 08.50

Registration (in tutor group with form tutor)

08.50 – 09.50

Period 1

09.50 – 11.05

Period 2 (including morning break at 10.05 for Year 7)

11.05 – 11.25

Character Curriculum (in tutor group with form tutor)

11.25 – 12.25

Period 3

12.25 – 14.00

Period 4 (including lunch at 12.40 for Year 7)

14.00 – 15.00

Period 5

Where do I purchase school uniform?

The Ridgewood uniform can be purchased from Cliffs in Doncaster.

Who is my child’s form tutor?

The list of form tutors is usually issued at the end of the academic year. However, in the current circumstances it might be September when we can communicate this information to you. We will let you know who your child’s form tutor is as soon as we can.

What additional transition activities will be in place if my child has SEND?

There will be additional support for children with SEND prior to them starting at Ridgewood. Your child's primary school will be in touch with more details about how this will happen and the format it will take.

Who do I speak to if I have a concern?

Your child’s form tutor will be your first point of contact once your child has started at Ridgewood. Until the name of your child’s form tutor is confirmed by the school, please use the ‘Contact Us’ facility on the school website to get in touch.

Where is the information about school buses?

Information regarding the school buses can be found on the School day and travel page of our school website. Please note that the home to school bus system is operated by SYPTE on behalf of the Local Authority.

What will my child learn at Ridgewood?

Ridgewood offers a broad and balanced curriculum to all students. Further detail about the subjects and what is taught in each year group can be found on the Curriculum pages of the school website.

Dearne ALC

 Below are a range of resources that Dearne have sent across regarding transition. If you have any questions they have now set up a new email address: transition@astreadearne.org

If you wish to follow their twitter @AADTransition there will be updates on there for the virtual induction. 
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 5-A-Day-Transition-Activities-VCY-Week-2.pdfDownload
 5-A-Day-Transition-Activities-VCY-Week-4.pdfDownload
 5-A-DayTransition-Activities-VCY-Week-1.pdfDownload
 5-A-DayTransition-Activities-VCY-Week-3.pdfDownload
 Transition-Booklet-Subject-Activities.pdfDownload
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Woodfields Academy

Virtual Transition

Please click here to access the Google Classroom.

 

You will be asked to log in using a gmail account. I have set this up for all children to use.

Email - barnburghy6@gmail.com

Password - Barnburgh123

 

In the top right corner you will see a '+' sign. This will let you access a Google Classroom. The code for

Astrea Academy Woodfields is 'lxbkrdc'. This will then take you to their transition classroom.

 

At the top there is a tab called 'classwork'. This is what the children have had access to in class. We have looked at the virtual tour and the transition flying start videos which link to the transition booklet. We will also be looking at the transition learning projects but your child is more than welcome to use this site to watch other videos and recap what we have done in class. 

Dear Parent / Carer

We know that the final term of your child’s primary school journey can be emotional and scary. The current COVID-19 pandemic means that the carefully managed transition between primary and secondary school will look different for children this year, and we are aware this may be causing anxieties for both you and your child.

As you know we are working hard to get our Year 6 pupils back into school ahead of the Summer holidays, and this remains a priority for us. However, we do want to make sure we have plans in place that will support all pupils whether they do return to school or not.

I wanted to reassure you that we are working hard with our colleagues in the relevant high schools, and with Doncaster Council, to make sure we have a robust plan for a smooth and supportive transition from Year 6 to Year 7.

These plans include: virtual visits to high schools; information packs for both children and parents; and dedicated sessions that can be done from home or in school. This will ensure all children have access to the tools they would have been given, had the Pandemic not have been an issue. Unfortunately, due to the current situation, there are no plans for children to attend their new secondary school in person for transition days. For the time being, the range of transition activities we have planned will take place virtually.

Over the coming weeks you will receive more details from your child’s secondary school and the transitions team at Doncaster Council. As always, if you have any specific questions or concerns in the meantime, then please contact us your child's class teacher. Thank you

 

Please find transition information available below:

https://www.astreawoodfields.org/parent-information/year-6-transition-information/

 

FAQ’s – General

What contact details do you need from me? Emergency contact details must have a minimum of 2 adult contacts with names, relationship to the student and up to date contact details. This is an important requirement. If your child has an accident or feels ill we must be able to contact you immediately. Repeated failed attempts to contact home may lead to further action taken by our academy safeguarding team.

How will you contact me and keep me updated with school information?
Our main method of communication is the Astrea App which can be downloaded for free. Our website is also regularly updated with important information. This includes emergency alerts.

What should my child do if they don’t feel very well during the school day?
Where a child is feeling unwell during the school day they should in the first instance report this to the class teacher. Where symptoms persist to a break or lunch time students should report to the main reception where they will be directed to a First Aider.

What should I do if my child is ill before school?
If your child is ill and won’t be coming into school, please inform us by making a telephone call before 8.30am.

What if my child doesn’t have the correct uniform?
All our students have a uniform inspection on arrival into school as they enter the gates. Where a student arrives at school with incorrect or incomplete uniform they will be placed in the Sanction Room for the day. In exceptional or unforeseen circumstances, parents / carers are asked to phone or write a letter to the student’s Progress Leader explaining the situation. The Progress Leader will then use their discretion to decide if the student is placed in the Sanction Room or is allowed to borrow uniform for that particular day. We have a range of academy uniform for students to borrow in exceptional circumstances.

Will I be told if my child has a detention?
Parents / carers will be informed by way of the Astrea App.

What if my child loses something?
In the first instance students are asked to retrace their steps and actively look for any lost items. Lost property is handed into our administrative team in the main reception office. Students should check here at break or lunch to see if the item has been handed in. We advise that no valuables are brought into school to reduce the risk of losing them and ensure that all property is clearly labelled with the student’s name and year group.

What rewards will my child receive?
Students’ achievements and successes are routinely celebrated by class teachers, Apollo tutors, Progress Leaders and the Senior Leadership Team. Please refer to the school calendar for information on our Celebration Evenings which take place at different points in the year.

I wish to discuss something about my child, how do I get in contact?
In the first instance you should contact your child’s Apollo tutor. If they are unable to fully answer your query they will liaise with the relevant colleague in school. In all cases we aim to respond to all queries within 48 hours. Please bear in mind staff will be teaching all day and then have after school training or clubs to attend.

I am concerned my child has a learning need, who do I need to speak to?
If your child already has an EHCP school will have been made aware. If it is a concern throughout the year the child’s teacher or Apollo tutor is the best person to contact.

I am concerned about my child’s welfare and I would like to inform the school or ask for support from the school?
In the first instance you should contact your child’s Apollo tutor. If they are unable to fully answer your query they will liaise with the relevant colleague in school.

I feel that my child is being bullied, what do I do?
In the first instance you should contact your child’s Apollo tutor. If they are unable to fully answer your query they will liaise with the relevant colleague in school.

I am concerned about my child’s use of social media, what do I do?
In the first instance you should contact your child’s Apollo tutor. If they are unable to fully answer your query they will liaise with the relevant colleague in school. We also encourage you to read the advice on the use of social media on the Astrea App. We advise all parents that most social media apps have a rating of 13+ and therefore students in Year 7 and those not yet 13 in Year 8 should not have profiles on social media.

How do I find out information about extracurricular opportunities?
A full list of extracurricular opportunities will be displayed on the school’s website in September. Student will also receive notification of lunch time and after school clubs in assemblies and through their Apollo tutors and subject teachers.

 

FAQ’s – Year 7 students and new starters

My child will be starting in Year 7 in September 2020. When will they find out who their Apollo tutor is?
Your child will meet their Apollo tutor on the first day in September and you will have a chance to meet them in person during our Year 7 Target Setting and Settling in Evening which is scheduled to take place within the first half term (date TBC).

How do I purchase the school’s uniform and PE kit for my child?
We aim to put on at least two after school opportunities in the summer term for you to come into the academy and purchase uniform and PE kit. Our uniform supplier, Logo Leisurewear (www.logoleisurewear.com), will be on hand at these events to offer guidance re: measurements and fitting.

Will my child be able to purchase food on the first day in September?
From September 2020 parents will be expected to use an online payment system. Further information will be provided on this subject in June when students receive their letters inviting them to the school’s transition days.

What to bring on the first day?
Students will be expected to arrive to school in full uniform on their first day in September.
They will also be expected to carry with them their PE Kit and a pencil case including writing materials and a ruler.

What entrance shall my child come in?
All students enter and depart the school from our student entrance on Weston Road. If your son / daughter completes an after school detention, they will leave school via the main entrance.

Will my child get a locker?
Currently we do not have locker facilities for students in school. Students should carry a bag or rucksack big enough to carry A4 folders, PE kit, pencil case and planner.

How will my child understand their timetable?
On the first day in September, Apollo tutors will be given dedicated time to ensure all students fully understand their timetable and are confident in navigating their way around school. Throughout the first week prefects will also be assisting Year 7 students to arrive at their lessons on time.

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