Year 6 Transition
Moving up to Holmfirth High School
Welcome to the Year 6 section of the Holmfirth High School website. Here you can find out a little more about the transition procedure and the units of work that your child will complete before joining us in September.
We have a well-established transition programme in place which we hope will ensure that your child has a happy start at Holmfirth High School. This involves information-sharing meetings between Year 6 teachers and Holmfirth High School staff, question and answer sessions for Year 6 pupils led by the Headteacher, a one-day visit to the school for pupils, an Intake Evening for parents/carers and units of transition work in Maths, English, Science and Computing. This work is generally begun at junior school and completed at Holmfirth High School, with some summer holiday homework. Full details of the transition units of work in can be found below.
We have very close links to our feeder primary schools and excellent relationships with our primary colleagues which have developed over many years of working together. Year 6 teachers meet regularly with Holmfirth High School staff, information exchange meetings are held between key staff from both schools and a wide variety of activities are organised across the partnership.
This enables us to organise a smooth and happy transition for pupils moving into secondary education and the creation of tutor groups which are mixed both socially and academically.
There are nine forms in each year group which are led by a tutor who will usually stay with the student as they progress through the school. The form tutor plays a pivotal role for pupils, providing support and guidance and is the first point of contact between home and school. The Head of Year has a key role in overseeing the progress, welfare and behaviour of students in their year group, but it is the form tutor who really gets to know each pupil who will maintain contact with parents.
Most eleven year olds are not only ready to move to high school but they are excited at the prospect and the vast majority cope incredibly well with the transfer. For the few who do experience difficulties there is a wide variety of support available.
We look forward to meeting you and your child in the summer term.
Keeping up to date with ‘My Ed’
The ‘My Ed‘ app is available for all parents to download on their mobile and tablet devices. My Ed is the free parent app that gives you a multitude of communication and information features to stay in touch with what is going on at school. The app gives you direct access to your child’s attendance, timetable, absence records, achievements, behaviour and much more.
For more information visit:
The MyEd app is available for both Apple iOS and Android devices:
Step 1 – Go to your App Store
Step 2 – Search for My Ed
Step 3 – Download the Free app
Transition units of work
Pupils are expected to do more number work in Junior school and will face more problem solving activities and questions in Key Stage 3 and 4.
As year 7 teachers we are aware that pupils find it very difficult to get started on a problem solving activity. We are also aware of the large number of pupils that do not attempt the problem solving questions on the SATs exam paper.
With all this in mind we have collected together 6 activities from a variety of resources. These six lessons are a starting point as we look to develop a set of resources to challenge pupils to develop the investigation and reasoning skills they will need to achieve good grades on the new GCSE course.
Lesson 5 & 6:
Reading skills are an increasingly significant part of the English curriculum, and so, with this in mind, the Transition Unit for Year 6 has been redesigned to focus specifically on the process of critical reading. This involves students engaging with texts on a deeper level by asking questions such as, ‘what is the author trying to say?’ or ‘what is the main argument being presented here?’, and so develops both their analytical and evaluative skills. Please see below for the English Transition Unit and resources.
Obviously, it is just as (if not more important!) that students simply enjoy reading, and so our Summer Challenge will, hopefully, encourage your child to read a range of texts in a range of places over the summer. Please see below for the resources students will receive from their Year 6 teachers.
Have a lovely summer, and we look forward to meeting your child in September.
The English Department
The science department at Holmfirth High school are looking forward to meeting your child in September and we are sure that they are excited about starting to do their Science lessons in a laboratory. Some children can be a bit nervous about some of the things that they will have to do in Year 7 so included below is a list of activities and ideas that you could do together with your child to help them to prepare for High School.
|Skill||Examples of how we use this skill at school||Ideas to improve confidence at home|
(pupils will need supervision for most)
|Using electrical sockets safely.||Pupils will be expected to use a range of electrical appliances including; hairdryers to model the wind and power-packs to build circuits.||Ask your child to get the vacuum cleaner out, clean the floor and then put it away again.|
|Striking a match||Looking at energy transfers and lighting tea lights for experiments.||Ask your child to help you to light a candle for the dinner table.|
|Boiling a kettle and pouring the water.||Investigating cooling rates of water.||Ask your child to make you a hot drink.|
|Transporting hot liquids.||Taking hot water to work areas. Taking hot water to pour away after an experiment.||Ask your child to help move the vegetables from the hob to the sink to drain them. Get them to pass you a hot drink.|
|Walking with a flame||Carry a lit splint to light Bunsen burners.||Ask your child to help you carry a candle to the dining room table.|
|Sweeping up breakages.||Accidents happen and pupils may need to sweep up and safely dispose of broken glassware.||Ask your child to help clear up a breakage at home.|
|Cleaning the work bench.||Pupils will need to make sure that their work area is clear of chemicals and biohazards at the end of an investigation.||Ask your child to help clean the kitchen surfaces after preparing dinner.|
|Handling hazardous substances.||Pupils will use a variety of chemicals and microorganisms.||Ask your child to help clean the bathroom using bathroom cleaner. Help squirt bleach around the loo.|
|Tie hair up.||All pupils with hair chin length or longer will need to be able to put their hair up when we use naked flames.||Give your child a bobble and ask them to tie a pony tail in and take it back out. Neatness doesn’t matter!|
Throughout year 7 your child will be introduced to lots of new equipment and it is always a pleasure to see how quickly they become confident completing practical investigation work.
‘My Dream School’. Pupils undertake an on-line project that combines a range of tasks using different computer software. It is completed partially at school and partially at home and will be followed up in Year 7 Computing lessons. There are prizes for the best work which are awarded in Year 7.
Imagine your dream school
You are to create an advert for your Dream school. The advert should encourage Year 5 pupils to come to your school and explain what a brilliant school it is.
Follow the links below to get started…
Task 1 – Design Brief
Click on the Design Brief below… This introduces the activities.
Click on Advert Type below and save it to your computer…
Open the Advert document and complete the activity.
Task 2 – Features
Open the Features Document below…
Complete the first page – identifying key features for your advert Followed by page two, deciding which features are most important.
Task 3 – Success Criteria
Open the Success Criteria Document below and save it to your computer.
This is an extension task giving reasons why each feature is important.
Task 4 – Create Advert
Open the Create worksheet below…
Then create your advert for your Dream School.
Task 5 – Evaluate
Open the evaluation document below…
Then complete a self evaluation and get feedback from others.
Parents & Teachers
Click the link below for more information…
My Dream School Advert is a Scheme of work, that combines a range of tasks (planning, designing, creating, evaluating) using different software to assist with the smooth transition of pupils from KS2 to KS3.
Tasks can be started in KS2 and will be followed up with activities in Computing lessons, when the pupils arrive at Holmfirth High School.