Changing it Up In the Juniors

Transitioning Students to Different Classrooms

Teachers are always looking closely at students to gauge their learning behaviours and readiness for next level teaching. Student’s who are demonstrating social and emotional readiness as well learning behaviours can be grouped together so the teaching and learning is at a level appropriate for them. There is a careful process initiated to support this move.

  • Meeting and Discussion with Parents/Whanau

Parents know their children best and will always be consulted about any proposed change.  The teacher will be able to articulate the behaviours and attitudes that the child shows to explain why a move will be beneficial.  Parents can share any concerns they have, so they are sure their child’s needs will be understood.  Should a parent object to a change this will be respected. 


  •  Arranging transition visits to the new area/class

Students will feel welcomed to their new environment and initially have short daily visits at a time that best suits the class to meet their classmates and begin to get a feel for how the class works and where everything is kept.  Knowing where my backpack will be, what I do with my lunch box and drink bottle are all part of settling into a new place. 

All details will be covered during the daily transition visits over the period of a week.  After the week of transition visits, we make the move, so the student retains the sense of excitement and does not build up anxiety.


  • Collaborating with the new teachers to ensure all relevant information to support the student is available.

Teachers will meet over this time to ensure the relevant information is passed on, so the new teachers can work effectively with all students. They will have books at the correct reading level and have notes the teacher has made to assist with learning.  The students’ interests and friendships will be known, so they can be buddied up with like-minded peers in the classroom.

  • Having class/team routines around behaviour and expectations that are similar.

 The students across the school are all familiar with the Power Board to reward behaviour. The school POWER values are uniform throughout the school and very familiar to students who work hard to achieve the white or blue vouchers and hope they will be drawn for a weekly prize.


Keywords:  Transitions, readiness, challenges, consultations, expectations, Managing Self, 

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