Dewsbury students prepare for senior school

senior school transition day activity - girl on climbing wall

Year 6 pupils from Overthorpe Academy, Thornhill Junior  and Headfield Junior Schools in Dewsbury took part in a transition day with a difference to prepare them for senior school.senior school transition day activity - girl on climbing wall

234 pupils who are moving up to senior school in September spent two days learning skills to help prepare them for the change. This was part of a project called crucial crew.

On the first day children took part in outdoor, adventurous activities.

The activities which included a climbing wall, archery, skateboarding, street dance and team games helped them gain confidence and develop new skills.

On the second day they took part in workshops around bullying, keeping safe on the internet, staying safe with their friends and fire safety.

Crucial crew helps children prepare for change by helping them face challenges, gain confidence, make new friends and learn how to keep safe in all situations.

The project was organised by the council and West Yorkshire Fire Service, West Yorkshire Police and Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing

What children thought about the senior school transition day

The pupils all had a great time and found the experience useful:

Tiano who is from Thornhill Junior School, found the internet safety session really helpful:

“ I learnt that even if you take something down from the internet, if it’s screen-shotted it can stay forever.”

Isabella who goes to Thornhill Junior School liked the physical challenges, she said:

“I have a skateboard at home and I’m usually rubbish. The skateboarding lesson has given me confidence to have a go on my own at home.”

Josh who goes to Overthorpe Academy said:

“I’ve learnt to be confident and not give up.”

Zaid Manial who is a student at Headfield Junior School enjoyed trying all the different activities, he said:

“I was most excited to do rock climbing,  because I’m not scared of heights.  I also tried skateboarding for the first time- I wouldn’t have done that before.”

Cllr Masood Ahmed, Cabinet Member for Schools said:

“We know that moving up to senior school can be both exciting and scary. We also know that our schools already work closely with one another to make the transition as smooth as possible.  This programme provides schools with a fun and informative way to engage children so they can make friends and start the new year feeling confident and ready to rise to the learning challenge ahead.”

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