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Year 7 Transition

 

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Greenacre Academy Transition website. We hope that you find the information here helpful, supporting you and your son/ward as he makes the next step in his educational journey. Here, you will find all of the essential information that you will need to ensure that your son/ward has a smooth transition from primary school into secondary school.

Please see welcome video from your new Headteacher Mrs Bridger – Click here to watch

Introduction videos

We know that moving from primary to secondary school can be a daunting experience as the buildings are always much bigger and there is a wider variety of subjects to experience. So, here is Miss Murphy, our Head of Year 7, giving you a tour of your new school.

 

Transition Booklet

Although our transition days and evenings have sadly been cancelled, we would still like to know as much as possible about our new students. We also know that it’s important to keep busy over the Lockdown period, as well as the summer holidays, which is why we have created a ‘Year 7 Transition Booklet’ for your son/ward to complete. There’s a wide variety of tasks enclosed so he can reflect on his Year 6 journey and get him ready to set new goals and ambitions for life at secondary school. We ask that he completes this by the end of the summer holidays and either: brings it into school when we return, or send over a completed electronic version, via email, to the following address: gatransition@sflt.org.uk

Click here to download the Transition Booklet

 

Reading

We require our students to read for 20 minutes, at least, each day, when they start year 7, therefore we recommend that they continue reading a wide variety of books over the summer break.  You will find a list of recommended books within his Transition Booklet, with links to where you can read these books for free online. At the bottom of the page is a link to a list of recommended books on our website for you to look through.

 

When your son/ward joins us, he will be enrolled into the Accelerated Reader programme which assesses him on his reading age, as well as recommends books that he should read to improve his reading ability. After reading each book, he will complete a quiz on the book, and we will retest his reading age.

 

Spelling

The ability to have a good spelling ability transcends the curriculum, which is why we have compiled a list of 100 key spellings that we would like all of our students to be confident in when they join us. The students will be tested on these key spellings throughout year 7, so we recommend that they practise these over the summer holidays. To view these spellings, please click on the link at the bottom of the page.

To further support your son/ward in his spellings, we have also set up a Spell Zone account for him. His account can be accessed via the following link at the bottom of the page

You will have his username and password sent to you very soon.

 

Numeracy

Having basic numeracy skills is fundamental to the Maths curriculum, which is why we encourage our students to practise their timetables on a regular basis. We also sign all of our students up to Maths Whizz, which is an online programme where the boys can play games and improve on their Maths skills. Personalised usernames and passwords for Maths Whizz will be sent to you. Please access Maths Whizz via the link at the bottom of the page.

At the bottom of the page you will find a folder full of Maths transition work to keep you busy before Year 7 begins. We recommend that you complete, at least, 30 minutes of work a day to keep your brain active in during this period.

 

SEN
We have an inclusive SEN department at Greenacre and provide many interventions to ensure our students with SEN make progress academically and socially. Our SENCO and Deputy SENCO have already been involved in many of the Transition calls which have taken place between primary and secondary school. For more information regarding opportunities for students with SEN at Greenacre, please click on the SEN link at the bottom of the page. Here, you will also find email addresses so you are able to contact the SENCO and the Deputy SENCO if you would like to discuss any concerns before your son/ward starts Greenacre.

 

Uniform – Uniform Base

Uniform Base have launched their new and improved website!

They are still working on some of the finer details, but in principle the shopping experience should be much better for customers.

Part of the new website is an appointment booking system, please can you book your appointment by following this link;

uniformbase.co.uk/appointments/

Parents can still head into store as normal, however without an appointment you may be asked to queue outside the store, as they need to restrict the number of customers inside.

This is of course ensuring your safety and that of their staff.

We look forward to seeing parents in the store, getting their sons kitted out for September.

Thank you.

For more information regarding school uniform please follow the link at the bottom of the page

 

Clubs and sports

If you would like any further information about the after-school clubs that we have on offer at Greenacre, please click on the link at the bottom of the page

We are also impressed with how our current students have been keeping active whilst in Lockdown, so it would be great to see our new Year 7 students doing the same by participating in the Joe Wicks workouts or completing their own workouts in the garden.

 

To support you with any questions or queries that you might have in terms of transition, we have set up a personalised email address for you: gatransition@sflt.org.uk

Please email us with any questions that you have, as well as any images of work that your son has completed that you would like to share with us.

 

Also, as many of you are aware already, we have a Greenacre Facebook page, as well as Twitter account (@GreenacreAcad), where we share with our parents lots of key messages, as well as images of our students’ work. Please follow us on both social media platforms to be kept updated with what is happening at Greenacre.