Transfer to Primary 1
In order to support and ease transition into P1, we arrange a series of induction events for you and your child. These events are planned to allow you and your child to become familiar with the school building, to meet staff, to meet other children and to find out about school life and how you can support your child. The induction process starts in your child’s pre-school year, with P1 staff arranging to visit your child in their pre-school setting wherever possible in order to begin to get to know your child.
Induction meetings are arranged for parents around May/June in order to share information about starting school and how you can help your child at home. This is also an opportunity for parents to meet their child’s teacher and to ask any questions or share any information.
At these induction meetings, parents are issued with a range of materials designed to support children’s learning at home and parents are asked to complete a range of forms to gather information about e.g. your child’s medical needs, contact addresses, special needs etc.
Our prospective P1s also have the opportunity to come into class for a series of induction sessions around May/June. This allows the children to begin to get to know their classmates and their teacher as well as familiarising themselves with the school buildings and classroom routines.
Parents are also invited to join their P1 children for a school lunch.
Information communicating details of P1 induction arrangements along with dates will be communicated directly to Prospective P1 parents around April.
Transition to S1
An induction programme for P7 is in place to help ease the transition into S1. Pupils from King Edward may attend either Banff Academy or Turriff Academy depending on where they live
- P7 week long residential trip
- P7 joint events throughout the year – Sports Days, sporting events, Active School events etc
- Structured timetable of transition events
- Liaison between primary and guidance staff
- Transition meetings for individual pupils (if necessary)
- Bridging Group transition days (if necessary)
- P7 – 3 or 4 day visits to the Academy
- Parent Evening at the Academy
- Guidance staff visit P7 children at their primary school to discuss routines etc
- Various transition activities – Youth Clubs, Discos etc
Transitions Between Stages
For some children, the thought of moving onto their next class/teacher can also be an anxious time. Again, we have structures in place to support these transitions. Teachers share planning and work together on school improvement projects helping to ensure a commonality of expectations and approaches. Time is arranged for teachers to hand over information regarding the learning needs of the pupils transferring from class to class. Around June of each year “step up” time is also arranged where pupils can meet their next teacher and their classmates. Opportunities throughout the year for children to work on joint projects, e.g. enterprise challenges help to ensure that the children have opportunities to work with other staff and pupils.