Transition Tips Week 4

Dear Parents and Carers, 

This week’s tips are all about reading the school timetable.  At Oakwood Park we follow a two-weekly cycle on the timetable – the first week in September is always week 1 and then the weeks alternate from there for the whole year, if we break up for the holidays in week 1 it would be week 2 upon our return. This can cause some confusion initially, with students packing for the wrong week, but form teachers will remind the boys and they do get used to it very quickly.  The timetable is available on our EduLink app so you can always check there if you lose track of where we are.

Giving your son responsibility for packing his bag the night before school is highly recommended – it will make for a much less stressful morning for everyone in the family! However, he is likely to need support with this to begin with – I would suggest that you help him to devise a system where he can check what he needs and pack the bag, following the same routine every day.  As he becomes more confident with this you can start to reduce the support – initially by checking with him that he has packed correctly, then just checking that he has packed and finally allowing him to take full responsibility for himself.  Getting him into a good routine with this should help to avoid those panicked “forgotten PE kit” phone calls!

This week is half term for us – I would assume it is for you too.  Perhaps your son is heading back to school in the next few weeks, or maybe he will continue to work at home?  Either way – I hope that you all get a chance to take a break this week and reset ready for term 6.  If you have not started these transition activities yet, perhaps this week will be a good time to start?  To save you from having to rummage through all of your emails, we have collated the weekly tips so far onto the school website at: https://www.opgs.org/year-6-7-transition/transition-tips/ (You’ll find the answers to this weeks tasks on the week 4 page too – just in case you get stuck!)

Enjoy the half term break!

Activity/Tip for Parents/Carers

Activity: How to read a School timetable

  • There is an example of how our timetable actually looks on the school website at https://www.opgs.org/year-6-7-transition/the-school-day/  This is the same as the simplified one in the booklet.  
  • Before your son starts the activity please could you add the following two members of staff to the staff list on page 14 – they will need this information for question 18 – apologies for the omission!
    • STA: Mr S Thomas – Ryder
    • VMA: Miss V Minter
    • Please do note though, that although this is based on our OPGS timetable, staff names have been changed to fictitious ones as these pages were used for all Maidstone schools to support students going to any secondary school.
  • What equipment/resources would your child need to take into school on specific days?  
  • Could your child organise this independently?  
  • Start to instil in your son/daughter that there are usually consequences at secondary schools  for students that do not have the correct equipment/resources.  

Pupil Activity

Activity: How to read a School timetable 

  • p12-13 in your Transition Book  
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