The transition from primary to secondary school can often be a difficult time for children, and managing the transition smoothly has posed a problem for teachers at both upper primary and lower secondary level. At a time when 'childhood' recedes and 'adulthood' beckons, the inequalities between individual children can widen, and meeting the needs of all children is a challenge.
Bridging the Transition from Primary to Secondary School offers an insight into children's development, building a framework for the creation of appropriate and relevant educational experiences of children between the ages of 10-12. Based on the five 'transition bridges' - administrative, social and personal, curriculum, pedagogy, and autonomy and managing learning - this book is a complete guide to the primary-secondary transition.
- A review of the issues and challenges of transition and school transfer;
- Management of physical, intellectual, social and emotional changes;
- Issues of changing self-identity;
- Approaches to ensure curriculum progression and continuity;
- Ways to develop cooperation between primary and secondary schools;
- Alternatives to traditional primary-secondary systems and pedagogy.
This book will be essential reading for all trainee teachers, undergraduate and postgraduate education students, and those working with children over the transition. The contributors offer a wealth of guidance and insight into meeting the educational and social needs of children through early adolescence.
Chapter 1. Introduction: Exploring the Great Divide Alan Howe Chapter 2. The Emotional Impact of Transfer and What Can Be Learned From Early Years Practice Hilary Smith Chapter 3. Adolescent Development: Physical and Biological Changes Val Richards Chapter 4. Adolescent Development: Intellectual and Emotional Changes Val Richards Chapter 5. Adolescent Development: Personal and Social Changes During Adolescence Val Richards Chapter 6. Smoothing the Trajectory: Primary-Secondary Transfer Issues in Science Education Dan Davies and Kendra McMahon Chapter 7. Mathematics and Transition Marcus Witt Chapter 8. Children’s Reading Choices – Rethinking the Curriculum Anny Northcote and Stephen Miles Chapter 9. The Fundamental Movement Skills Programme (Steps Pd): Physical Development Challenges And Opportunities In The Primary School Context Rachael Jefferson-Buchanan Chapter 10. Becoming A Global Citizen: Cultural Strategies for Community Cohesion at Key Stage 2 – 3 Transition June Bianchi Chapter 11. Managing Learning. An Ecological Perspective on Childhood Mim Hutchings and Tilly Mortimore Chapter 12. Managing Primary- Secondary Transfer: Lessons Learned? Alan Howe