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Yr. 6 Transition

Update from Mr. Dawkins and Mrs. Pearcey

Hi All. 

I thought I would make contact again to give you a quick update on Y6 transition into Y7 here at ECC. 

I hope that you are all physically healthy and mentally well and have found a good daily routine that works for you and your family. 

I have certainly felt much more settled in recent weeks now that I have got used to home working and my own family have got used to home learning! 

This week myself, Mrs Pearcey (Pastoral Assistant to the Year Group) and the Transition Team, started our online video meetings with your fantastic Y6 teachers. These video calls will continue over the next 4 weeks, as we meet with every single one of our feeder Primary Schools and talk to the people who have taught you for at least the last six months. 

During our conversations we discuss all sorts of different things that will help us to get to know you better and understand your abilities more effectively. We talk about all your amazing achievements so far, what you are good at, what you like best, who your friends are and where you main interests lie. 

This gives us a really good basic idea of who you are and what you are like before we have even met you properly! 

Behind the scenes here at ECC, we are all working hard to ensure our new Y7 welcome packs are ready, your new Tutor Group information is being collated ready for group allocations to be made and lots of staff and making new support resources to help you settle in to ECC when ever that may happen. 

I want to reassure you that we will be holding our brilliant Y7 Welcome Day and Parents Evening as usual, as well as organising extra transition sessions where possible, before you are expected to start your new educational adventure with us at ECC; whenever that may be. We will not expect any of you super students to come to us without the proper induction and support and when we know when we are able to get back to normal schooling, we will release the dates and let you know when these important events will happen. 

Until then, whilst we are still in lockdown, I thought it would be useful to share this with you. 

The most useful and important things you can do whilst you are at home include: 

1. Reading – read every day! If you find a word you don’t understand look it up. 

2. Spellings – practise those words you find tricky. 

3. Maths – practise your times tables – this is one of the most useful skills you can have. 

4. Stay healthy – try not to overdo screen time, exercise every day, eat healthily, drink lots of water and stay in your normal sleep pattern. 

5. Be creative – do things you enjoy eg. crafts, lego, baking and try a new skill eg. Sewing! 

6. Do something kind for your community – send a letter to a care home, put a rainbow up in your window – make the world a brighter place. 

7. Be helpful – help around the house, make your bed and keep your room tidy. If you have little brothers and sisters, play with them, teach them things, snuggle up and watch a film. 

8. Stay Mentally Health – do a mixture of all of the above - mindfulness and meditation can help if you need some time alone - remember to talk to someone if you feel a little down. 

Mrs Pearcey and I are really looking forward to meeting all you, especially after hearing such fab things about so many of you! 

Take care, stay safe and we will be in touch again in the near future. 

Best wishes 

Mr Dawkins (Head of Y7 Sept. 2020) and Mrs Pearcey (Pastoral Assistant Y7 Sept.2020)