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Year 6 Transition Information

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Welcome to the parents and carers of current Year 6 students who will be joining Astrea Academy Woodfields in September 2021. Welcome also to those who will be applying for a secondary school place in 2022 and beyond. This page is designed to keep you informed about our transition process during the current academic year, but also to ensure that any queries you might have are answered.

The transition from primary to secondary school is an exciting time for children although we understand that this can also be quite daunting. We work very hard to ensure that all children who will be moving up to our secondary school are prepared for the challenges that lie ahead whilst at the same time, feel truly positive about the new experiences and opportunities that will be available to them.

At Astrea Academy Woodfields we have an excellent pastoral team who are available to offer help and support to both children and their parents / carers. We work closely with the Doncaster Council Transition Team who implement a borough wide approach to supporting transition and continue to build on the positive relationships we have with our feeder primary schools. More information on how we gather background information on all of the children in our new intake can be found below under the ‘next steps’ heading.

We hope that you find the information on our website helpful. However if you are unable to find the answers you need, or simply wish to discuss any matters in more detail, please contact us at office@astreawoodfields.org and direct your enquiry to the relevant member of our team (see below).

Key Contacts

Mr L Sadler (Assistant Principal)                        Mrs J Boulter (SENDCo)

Mrs D Bull (EAL Support Worker)                     Mrs  L Bland (Designated Safeguarding Lead)

Key Transition Dates

Astrea Academy Woodfields Induction Days:

Monday 5th July: Balby Central Primary School

Tuesday 6th July: Woodfield Primary School

Wednesday 7th July: Mallard Primary School

Thursday 8th July: Waverley Primary Academy

Friday 9th July: Hexthorpe Primary School

*Year 6 Parent Information Evening: Thursday 8th July 5-6:30pm

Please note this is now a virtual event.

Recent Actions

Doncaster Council Transition Team: the team have already offered support to parents / carers with applying for secondary school places and are in the process of liaising with primary and secondary schools as to how they can best support the transition process. For more details on the work of the Doncaster Council Transition Team please click on the following link: https://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/schools/transitioning-to-new-school-years

Primary School Contact: Mr Sadler (Assistant Principal) and Mrs Boulter (SENDCo)  have been working hard meeting and speaking with  Year 6 teachers and beginning the process of getting to know the children who will be joining us in September.

Parent / Carer Communication: For queries relating to Year 6 to 7 Transition, in the first instance we ask parents and carers to get in touch via email (see above) or telephone. On receiving your message the most appropriate member of our team to deal with your query will be in touch as soon as possible. Once your child has officially enrolled at Woodfields our main method of communication is via the Astrea App. For more information and to download the app please click on the link below:

Astrea App

Information Updates: all further updates relating to transition, such as potential Information Evenings, Transition Days and uniform etc will be communicated via this page of our website.

You might also want to visit the following websites which offer practical advice and emotional support to both students and their parents and carers who are about to make the move from primary school to secondary school:

BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zh4wy9q/starting-secondary-school/1

family lives: https://www.familylives.org.uk/advice/secondary/learning-school/starting-secondary-school/

YoungMinds: https://youngminds.org.uk/resources/school-resources/find-your-feet-transition-tips-for-parents/

 

Summer School Programme

We are excited to announce that we have made plans to deliver a free 3-day Summer School open to all those who will be joining as Year 7 students in September. The provisional timetable of activities includes a blend of academic and enrichment activities aimed at both recovering lost learning due to lockdowns and supporting students in getting a head-start on making a positive start to the new academic year.

The Summer School will take place between 9am and 1pm on Tuesday 24th August, Wednesday 25th August and Thursday 26th August. Parents and carers who wish to guarantee a place on the Summer School for their child must register their interest by clicking on the following link by 2pm on Friday 9th July 2021:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=gGfPFvBL70-q-gtugufqCplRDRtEEuBNkovE3-q87P5UOUFKRUo3SldXNkxUWE1URUdFRVlFV1FJTS4u

 

Astrea Academy Woodfields Virtual Tour:

*Year 6 to Year 7 Transition Key Staff Video Introductions and Information Updates

Please click on the links below to watch video introductions from the following key staff:

Mr L Sadler (Assistant Principal):

Year 6 Transition update 03 07 21:

Year 6 Virtual Parent Information Evening 08 07 21 Introduction:

Ms J Boulter (SENDCo):

Mrs D Bull (EAL Support Worker):

Mrs J Atkins (Vice Principal: Quality of Education):

 

*Curriculum Leader Video Introductions 

Click on the following links to watch video introductions from our Curriculum Leaders:

Mr I Thomas (Curriculum Leader – Design and Technology):

Mr W Taylor (Curriculum Leader – Music):

Miss M Capaces (Curriculum Leader – Modern Foreign Languages):

Miss L Deane (Teacher of Drama and Music):

Mrs M Coffield (Curriculum Leader – English):

Mr S McClune (Curriculum Leader – Physical Education):

Mr M Cox (Curriculum Leader – Art):

Mrs L Owen (Curriculum Leader – Science):

Mr P Newton (Curriculum Leader – Maths):

 

Mrs A Harper (Teacher of Computing):

 

*Key Aspects Presentations

Please click on the links below to see presentations on the following key aspects of our work linked to transition at Astrea Academy Woodfields:

The Astrea Family and New Build Plans: Astrea Trust and New Build Plans

Assessment and Outcomes: Assessment and Outcomes KS3

Curriculum: Curriculum for Transition

Student Experience and Enrichment: Student Experience and Enrichment

Teaching: Transition Teaching Presentation

 

Move on Up Project

The staff and students of Astrea Academy Woodfields look forward to welcoming current Year 6 students to our academy. The following video clip shows the enthusiasm a group of our wonderful students have towards supporting Year 6’s in the transition process:

 

NB: this video was produced as part of a potential ‘Move on Up’ project prior to Covid-19 restrictions.       

 

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 2021. 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? 

Purchases can now be made on-line from www.logoleisurewear.com or by face to face appointment here at Woodfields.  Please email us at office@astreawoodfields.org or call Main Reception on 01302 312140 to arrange this.  Full expectations and examples of correct uniform are shown on this website under the parent information tab or by following this link: https://www.astreawoodfields.org/parent-information/uniform/

Will my child be able to purchase food on the first day in September?

From September 2021 parents will be expected to use an online payment system. Further information will be provided on this subject in due course.

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.