headteacher@leebrigg.wakefield.sch.uk
Lee Brigg, Altofts,
Wakefield, WF6 2LN
01924 893829

New To Year 1

Transition from Reception to Year 1 (Leopards & Jaguars)

To some people it may seem quite strange that consideration is given to pupils transitioning from Reception to Year 1. After all, the transition in question involves children moving to a new year-group, not a new school. However; the foundation stage curriculum is distinctly different from that in Year 1, therefore at Lee Brigg Infant & Nursery School we adopt the same process for transitions between Reception and Year 1 as we do to those who are new to our school or are moving on from our school.

Our experience has found that transitions between Reception and Year 1 are aided when conditions in Reception and Year 1 are similar and the process of transition is allowed to take place gradually over time. Induction activities, such as opportunities for Reception children to visit Year 1 classes and continuity of experience, where Reception and Year 1 teachers adopt similar routines, clearly help the children to adjust. As well as getting used to a new classroom, a new teacher, and potentially new classmates - challenges that children face at the start of every school year - there's a whole new set of skills that pupils will begin to learn from Year 1.

When you ask your Reception child what they've done at school, the answer is often, 'I played.' But their school day in Year 1 will be slightly different.

Whilst in Reception class, children become familiar with play-based, free-flowing experience, where they may be guided by the staff but a lot of the time they get to choose what they play with, when and with whom. In contrast, the Year 1 learning experience tends to be slightly more formal and staff begin to prepare children gradually to become more independent learners.There is a lot more furniture and slightly fewer toys in the Year 1 setting, as children spend more time sitting at tables with a greater focus on academic tasks. For a lot of children, the biggest challenge with this change is their attention span, and self-control can be very difficult for some children to adjust to on first transitioning.

So as to ensure that children do not miss their play-based, free-flowing experience, we adopt a whole school approach to 'golden time' on a Friday afternoon. During 'golden time' pupils are encouraged to embrace play - this activity is a firm favourite with our pupils and we feel this is a lovely way to end a week of learning in school.

Please see our Key Stage One (KS1) Page, Leopard Class Page and Jaguar Class Page to find out more!

If you have any questions in regards to the transition to Year 1 at Lee Brigg Infant & Nursery School then please contact Mrs Robinson or Mrs Dixon-Child in the school office.

September 2020

Year 1 children will be welcomed into school on Tuesday 8th September 2020.

Pupils will be welcomed into school between 8.50 a.m. and 9.00 a.m. using the Key Stage 1 doors at the rear of the building.
This door will be closed promptly at 9.00 a.m.

We would request that you please do not congregate on the playground before 8.50 a.m., and observe social distancing guidance at all times in order to avoid congestion and mitigate mixing of year group 'bubbles.'

Children should be collected at 3.15 p.m. using the Key Stage 1 doors at the rear of the building.
Please wait outside the Key Stage 1 doors, adhering to social distancing measures when collecting your child(ren).

Siblings at Lee Brigg
Siblings will be offered the option to be welcomed into school together and share an identical pick up and drop off times. Please advise a member of school staff should you wish to discuss the options available to your family individually. We will do all we can to assist in order to minimise the number of people gathering for any length of time on site.

September 2020 - Welcome Back To School Arrangements