Teachers from our year 6 primaries met with secondary teachers from St Gabriel’s College last week to discuss transition in English, to moderate books and learn more about each other’s work.
One observation made was how there is strong emphasis on writing skills in KS2 whilst there is strong emphasis on reading in KS3 and 4 with a 75% weighting on GCSE reading skills. Transition needs to be smoother from year 6 to year 7 to gradually introduce difficult reading skills and not lose the quality of the writing established in KS2.
For example, why did you choose to use that simile in your own creative writing? What view is the writer of ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ expressing about WW2?
In BLC we are committed to working across phases to support pupils transition through school.