Development and transition
Knowing and appreciating the difficult challenges children face as they move from primary to secondary education is essential to helping them navigate growing up as well as helping schools to spot problems and get them the right support.
Below you’ll find various resources from classroom materials to research papers and tips for teachers on supporting children through the transition from primary to secondary education.
Books for the classroom
Edward’s First Day At School
Walker Books Ltd (1996)
Not everyone is ready for the same things at the same time. When Edward goes to playschool, he isn’t quite ready to join in with the other children.
Harry and The Bucketful of Dinosaurs
Puffin; Re-issue edition (2009)
Harry finds some dusty plastic dinosaurs in nan’s attic. He cleans them, finds out their names and takes them everywhere – until, one day, the dinosaurs get lost! The lost property man gets a surprise when Harry proves the dinosaurs are his by calling them over to him.
I Want My Mum (Little Princess series)
Harper Collins Children’s Books (2008)
When things don’t go well for the Little Princess, she knows there is only one person who can make them better, so she yells, “I WANT MY MUM!” But when the Little Princess finally learns to cope on her own, how does the Queen feel?
Walker Books Ltd (1994)
Tells the story of three baby owls who wake up one night to find that their mother has gone. They sit outside on a branch waiting for her, worrying about what has happened to her, but much to their relief she does return.
What Will Emily Do?
Matthew can’t wait to start school, and it isn’t until his first day that he begins to wonder what his little sister Emily will do while he’s away. At first he finds a way to keep her busy, but the first week holds surprises for both of them.
A Good Childhood: Searching for Values in a Competitive Age by Layard, R. and Dunn, J., Penguin 2009
Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements by Rath, T., and Harter, J. Gallup Press, 2010
The Royal Society: debate about the neuroscience of emotion
University of Bath: research, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council: Children’s transition to School: Learning and Health Outcomes
European Educational Research Journal: Vol 2, no 2, 2003
Research paper by Christine Cope and Peter Cope, University of Stirling
BBC audio resources for primary schools: PSHE clips for 9-11 year olds on transitions
Good practice in transition, East Sussex local authority