We have put together this booklet to help your child build up to starting at Ivanhoe. The activities are designed to be completed weekly to keep your child engaged and on track for starting at Ivanhoe. They should not attempt to work through it quicker than the time table set as they may become overwhelmed with information. 

You may also receive some messages via your child's primary school to help with the transition process. 

The transition booklet is a long standing method for supporting our Year 6 students and is not in response to having to run a virtual transition event. Students should bring their completed booklet on their first day at Ivanhoe.

Alongside each week's activity we have added some parent tips and discussion points for you to share with your child. But here are some other transition tips for how you might want to support your child at this time. 

  • Talk to your child about how they would like to say goodbye to key staff –perhaps help them to make cards.  
  • Allow plenty of opportunities for your child to talk about their forthcoming transition to Ivanhoe.  Some children will be chattier than others!  Try to ensure that if there are any negatives, they can be turned into a positive (e.g. “no one I know is going to be in my class/school”   “That’s a great opportunity to meet new people, you will still get to see …………… on the weekend”
  • Acknowledge any sadness about leaving but remember to stay positive about the exciting new school they will be going to. Remember to keep talking about secondary school over the summer and to look through any of the transition information completed.  Revisit any travel plans if needed.
  • We are sure that both you and your child will have some feelings of anxiety and trepidation about the forthcoming change.  It is completely understandable and natural to have these feelings, so please do not worry! Try to be as calm and hide any of your personal anxieties from your children as they may pick up on these.  Encourage your child to verbalise their worries (if any!) as we are sure that they can be easily eased. Positivity is key!


Week 1 W/E Fri 7th May

Please also complete the Year 6 questionnaire by Friday 14th May by clicking here  https://forms.office.com/r/wZRZbgUSW6


It is more important than ever to support your son/daughter through this, as at the moment, they will not be able to visit the school.


  • If you haven’t already done so, think about how you can help your child to be more independent: at home, do they put clothes away/ complete simple jobs like making their own bed or sandwiches/ make hot drinks etc?
  • Ask who else is going to the same school and encourage friendships; The other students from your child’s primary who will be in the same Form Group may not be the children your child usually socialises with but it is always good to have a familiar face in the first few weeks. Remind your child that they will make new friends when they start their new school.

Week 2 W/E 14th May


P3 - Chat to your child about who supports them at home. Are there members of the wider family network that your child uses to access support – think about adults they come into contact with on a regular basis such as Sports coaches, Scout Leaders etc.


P4 – Work through this page with your child and discuss each of the items in turn. If your child identifies it as a concern, are they able to explain why they are worried about it? Can you work together to identify ways that these concerns could be addressed?


Week 3 W/E 21st May


Uniform – Look at P5 which contains some information about the school uniform. Think about which aspects of the Ivanhoe uniform are the same as their primary uniform. Which items are different?

Go onto the school website www.ivanhoe.co.uk and have a look at the information about uniform and stockists.


Students could be encouraged to use the exemplar prices to try to work out the approximate cost of the uniform. Can they write a checklist of items that are needed?

Week 4 W/E 28th May

Parents Think about what else your child could do more independently – do they know how to cross roads safely? Can they make simple meals?  If not, now is the time to start teaching them!  

Week 5 W/E 4th June


Travel planning – How will your child get to and from school every day?

  • Can you incorporate/practise the journey as part of your family exercise? 
  • Alternatively, if your son/daughter will be using transport, can you use Google Earth, Google Maps or other apps to see where the bus stops (etc.) are?  You could plan your journey to work/ the shops

If your child is catching a school bus

Discuss the use of travel passes – what happens if they are lost?  What are the ‘backup’ plans for getting to and from school? What to do if miss stop/ what to do if bus doesn’t come or is full up/ who to tell if you or someone else is being unkind on the bus. 


Week 6 W/E 11th June

Parents Have a look at the exemplar timetable in the booklet.  What equipment/resources will your child need to take into school on specific days?  Could your child do this independently?  Start to instill in your son/daughter that there are usually consequences at secondary schools for students that do not have the correct equipment/resources. There are also lots of rewards on offer for students who follow ‘The Ivanhoe Way.’ Can your child learn the Ivanhoe Way rules?


This might be a good time to access the school website and look at the Behaviour and Rewards policies that can be found in the parent section of the website.


Week 7 W/E 18th June


Ivanhoe uses a pre-paid system for paying for students’ lunches/snacks. 


Could your child be responsible for this?  During this time at home, could you set a similar system up, for them to ‘pay’ for snacks/lunches?  I.e. allocate a certain amount per day, put prices on the snacks/drinks in your cupboards/fridges for your son/daughter to pay for them.  This will help with getting them used to budgeting and perhaps prevent constant snacking!?!  Is your child able to plan for healthy options?



Activity on p9   Key skill for Secondary school –Activity: Eating Healthily/Managing your Money.  Your parents/carers may also be suggesting a daily/weekly budget for you to purchase items at home.  Is it easy/difficult to do? Do you choose healthy/unhealthy items? 


Week 8 W/E 25th June


Support your son/daughter in accessing Ivanhoe’s website. This may also be a good opportunity for you to have a look at the policies, practices and procedures such as timings, uniform and behaviour expectations etc.


Week 9 W/E 2nd July


Discuss with your child problem solving ideas – “what would you do if...?”

Who would you ask for help if you were unsure about something? Talk about how you have asked people to help you in different situations, emphasise that everyone needs help sometimes!

Situation Number 3 mentions ‘consequences.’ This would be a good time to discuss Ivanhoe’s behaviour policy (this can be found on the website) and why students may be given these at Ivanhoe.


Week 10 W/E 9th July


During this process, your child may have raised several concerns and asked questions about transition to Ivanhoe. Some of these will have been answered but we would like to encourage you to revisit these with your child. Are there still questions that they haven’t had answered?


Can your child work through them and consider a possible solution? If they still can’t answer it, get them to write the question on P12 of the booklet. Ivanhoe will be asking for these questions so that we can answer them as part of our transition process.


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