Transition Ideas

Starting school for the first time, and making the move from Primary to Secondary school can be a big deal for some children. Here are some ideas and resources to help them with the transition.


Get Ready Go!

Starting school is a big milestone in a small child's life, and this little book has proven to help ease the worries and anxieties most of them face. A pocket on the cover holds the revised parent's book which addresses concerns many parents face when their child starts school.



It's Your Move - Your Guide to Moving to Secondary Schools
'It’s Your Move!' has been given to over one million Y6 children across the UK each year since 2001, as part of a programme helping them make the transition from primary to secondary school. This revised edition features all-new real-life story profiles and articles, more interactive elements and an updated design for 2015.

The SU website also has Its Your Move Assembly resources.
Both books available from CLC bookshop Sheffield

Moving on Up! by Molly Potter has lots of photocopiable ideas for schools running Y6 transition events. It may provide inspiration to churches helping to run such events. Published by educational publishers A&C Black.



CaSS has a Transition Box with loads of ideas and items for schools to borrow. Email us if you are interested in borrowing it free of charge.

You can download here a printable A5 Transition activity booklet and Teachers' notes which have been developed in Sheffield by Kinder Kalsi, Fiona Walton & Phil Goodacre for use with Y6 children.


We have several of these 'values bags' available to borrow, each filled with wooden blocks (repurposed Jenga sets!) that have different values printed on them (Friendship / Respect / Trust / Courage / Creativity / Understanding etc). Really tactile and loads of activities you could do with them, exploring young people's priorities and sense of self.

An excellent assembly idea from called 'Do you have a spiritual side?' exploring the different layers of your personality, related to Russian dolls. Sets of blank Russian dolls can be bought from this website.


Read this inspiring report on a transition event at Guildford Cathedral involving over 2000 children. There are some great ideas for activities to help children with the transition to secondary school.