Where is this year going? It’s hard to believe we are already thinking about winding down, filling in piles of reports and considering welcoming 30 new monsters into our classrooms!
Last year, I had a lot of requests for simple and engaging activities which teachers could use during transition days when they meet their new classes for a day, or for September when they are settling in the new munchkins.
I thought I would take this opportunity to share what resources I have available for transition, as well as a couple of ideas I have found online.
All our transition activities can be found here > Transition activities
I have tried to make most of them non-age specific so they’re easily adaptable, whatever your age group. Most of them involve some form of Literacy so it’s a great opportunity for you to get a look at children’s abilities and personalities first hand, before the start of the year.
You Fit Right In
Some of the activities also work well as group or whole class activities, helping to make them feel at ease with each other in a new setting and with a new member of staff.
Our ‘You Fit Right In’ display resources Free to download here would also make a great activity and would allow you to set up a display in your classroom before the new school year, which both you and the children have worked at together.
Some inspiration from the web
How about taking some inspiration from these fabulous photos (all created just using some chalk, a camera and a sprinkle of imagination)? You could have some great fun with your new class, seeing how they work in groups, what their interests are, seeing how creative they can be and it’s a good time for you to have some fun with them too. Perhaps the outcomes could create a new class display for September?
Check out the iHeartfaces website for more inspiration > FUN WITH CHALK
What about a book review with a difference? Learn all about your new children’s favourite stories by embarking on t-shirt designing.
It gives them the chance to have some fun and be creative but at the same time share something about themselves and also enter into sharing those all important Literacy skills.
How fantastic would these t-shirts look on display? Along with a review of the book written underneath perhaps?
Check out the blog post on myteachingfriends for more info and photos for inspiration.
As part of your classroom management and organisation, why not create a ‘Wall of Fame’ with the children? This could then be used for assembly line up, partner and group picking, attendance and some fun games too.
Add some costumes and props and you could have some fantastic photos for September too.
Thank you to Mrs Moore’s Class page for the photo and inspiration.