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Transitioning from Infant to Junior School: A Parent's Guide

Transitioning from Infant to Junior School: A Parent's Guide

Transitioning from infant to junior school is a significant milestone in your child’s educational journey. It’s a time of new beginnings, fresh challenges, and exciting opportunities. At Sheffield Girls', we understand that this period of change is not just an adjustment for our pupils, but for their parents as well. This guide is designed to help you prepare for this transition, outlining what changes to expect and how our school supports both students and parents through this process.

Understanding the Transition

The move from infant to junior school often brings with it a change in environment, expectations, and routine. Our pupils are expected to take on more responsibility, and the curriculum becomes more structured. At Sheffield Girls’, we ensure this transition is smooth and supportive, acknowledging each child’s individual needs.

Preparation is Key

Preparation for this transition starts early. We recommend the following steps to ensure your child is ready for junior school:

  • Discuss the change: talk with your child about what they can expect in junior school. Discuss the new subjects they will study and the new friends they will make.
  • Visit us: familiarity breeds confidence. We organise transition days and tours for both parents and children to acquaint them with the new surroundings and routines.
  • Establish a routine: start a consistent routine at home a few weeks before the school year begins. This helps children adjust to the structured environment they will experience in junior school.

Changes to Expect

As your child steps into junior school, they will encounter several changes:

  • Increased academic focus: the curriculum in junior school is more challenging, with a stronger emphasis on academic skills.
  • Greater independence: children are encouraged to develop independence in their learning and are given more responsibilities.
  • Homework: there will be a gradual increase in the amount and complexity of homework, helping students develop good study habits early on.

How Sheffield Girls' Supports the Transition

  • Orientation programmes: we run orientation sessions for children to meet their teachers, experience their new classrooms, and understand what a typical day in junior school will entail.
  • Buddy system: we pair new junior school students with older buddies who guide them through their first few weeks and serve as a friendly face on the playground.
  • Continuous communication: open lines of communication are established from day one, with teachers and staff ready to discuss any concerns and provide regular updates on your child’s progress.
  • Individual attention: our small classes and high staff to pupil ratios mean each pupil is known and their individual needs are understood and accommodated as they move from infants into juniors.

Emotional Support

We recognise that emotional well-being is just as important as academic preparation. Our pastoral care team works closely with students to ensure they feel safe, valued, and happy in their new environment. We also provide resources and support for parents to help manage any anxieties their child may have about the transition.

Our Commitment 

Transitioning from infant to junior school is a collaborative effort between the school, our pupils, and their parents. At Sheffield Girls' Junior and Infant School, we are dedicated to making this transition as positive and enriching as possible. With careful preparation, open communication, and the right support systems in place, we can ensure that this significant step is a positive beginning to the next chapter in your child’s education.

Remember, every child's journey is unique, and we’re here to guide you every step of the way. For more information or to arrange a visit, please contact us.

Rachael Leslie - Deputy Head Infants

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