Year 6 Transition 2020

*Closure due to Covid-19 pandemic

*Please be aware that we are closed until further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic, under instruction of the UK government. Transition Week will unfortunately not occur this July as planned, as a result of coronavirus. We will of course keep in touch regularly with Y6 parents in the weeks ahead and ensure alternative arrangements are made for Transition, ahead of the September start for our new students. If you have any queries or concerns please email transition@normanby.outwood.com

Virtual School Tour

We have recently produced this virtual school tour, during Covid-19 closure, to support our Year 6 families in the weeks ahead as we continue our attention towards Transition. Whilst it is now likely that July’s Transition Week and Transition Evening will not happen in the conventional way, we are still determined to use all means we can to reduce any anxieties about moving up to secondary school. We will continue to share Transition information via social media, emails and on this, our regularly updated Transition webpage: www.normanby.outwood.com/transition
There are many other ways we will be supporting Year 6. Do watch this space!

Our virtual school tour is on YouTube and has been optimised for viewing on mobile devices.
The link is: www.youtu.be/ZIGXsrRe5mA
We hope you find it helpful.

Many thanks to Mrs Gibson and Mr Pratt for their work making the tour happen.

Important survey – ‘shielding’ in September/ICT access

Please can Y6 parents complete this very quick survey as soon as possible, regarding possible shielding in september and access to IT technology when at home.
Please follow this link here

A letter explaining in more detail is below:

More recent correspondence with parents:

Hello videos from Y6 Transition staff

Miss Gibson

Transition Lead, AAP

Mrs Holliday

Inclusion Coordinator

Miss Laverick

Y7 Learning Manager

Mrs Bradford

Receptionist

Miss Mitchell

SENDCo

Mr Wappat

Principal

Online ordering of free uniform bundle for September

It is important that parents now measure their sons and daughters and order the uniform ready for September. A comprehensive news item explaining this, together with the letter send home with instructions on the 5 May 2020, is available by following this link: www.normanby.outwood.com/blog/news/3949.

Transition

Uniform Collection (Y6 only) – Thursday 30 July. Boys 11am-1pm. Girls 1pm-3pm
Uniform Changes/Swaps (Y6 only) – Friday 31 July Boys 11am-1pm. Girls 1pm-3pm

Welcome to Year 6 parents, carers and children who will be joining Outwood Academy Normanby in the summer of 2020. This page is designed to keep you informed about our Transition process over the coming months, but also to ensure that any questions or queries you might have are answered, and where relevant displayed here.

All parents will be receiving a letter from Outwood Academy Normanby in the first week of March 2020, to correspond with the admissions letters on National Offer Day sent home/emailed by the Local Authority on National Offer Day, 2 March 2020. If by Friday 6 March you have not received the expected letter from us, for example because you have moved house since applying for a secondary place, please email d.smith@normanby.outwood.com and we will issue a duplicate letter.

For any other admissions queries, parents should simply contact the Redcar & Cleveland Local Authority Admissions Team via 01642 837740 or 837730 or e-mail via: schools_admissions@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk

Key Contacts

Christy Gibson (Associate Assistant Principal, Transition)
Kayleigh Laverick (Learning Manager for new Year 7)
Jan Holliday (Inclusion Coordinator)
Elizabeth Mitchell (SENDCo, from Easter 2020)
Julie McDonnell (Assistant Principal, Deep Support)
Craig Young (Vice Principal, Deep Support)

Key Transition Dates 2020

Please note the school re-opens for new Year 7 students ONLY on Wednesday 2 September 2020 for a 8.20am prompt start. [All other years return on Thursday 3 September 2020 at 8.20am]
Our term dates 20202-2021 are on the website here: www.normanby.outwood.com/term-dates

Communication and News

There are a number of ways parents and students can keep up to date with what is happening here at the academy, what events are coming up, and what letters and other information has gone home. You can follow us on Twitter: @OutwoodNormanby, follow our Instagram: outwoodnormanby or ‘Like’ our Facebook page: Outwood Academy Normanby. Please Like or Follow to ensure our regular posts come to the top of your social media news feed.

Message from the School Nursing Team:
The team has put together the following video to show how we can help young people in their journey from primary to secondary school https://youtu.be/8f5uYV7cfSw We would like you to watch this with your child so they can understand how we can help them during their time at secondary school.

How can I get in touch with my School Nurse?
School Nurses provide advice and support to parents, children, young people and schools, in response to any health concerns between 8.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Thursday and 8.30am to 4.00pm on Fridays
Contact us: 01642 444011
Email: schoolnurses@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk

Virtual drop in?
If you would like to talk to a school nurse by skype, what’s-app video or telephone, you can contact the virtual drop in service every Tuesday and Thursday 3 – 4.30pm. You can contact us on 01642 444011 or email schoolnurses@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk to arrange a call back from one of our nurses.

How can my School Nurse help me and my family?
No problem is too small. We are happy to help with any questions you may have. We can help with a range of concerns and questions including: keeping healthy and active, emotional health, coping with changes in life, staying safe online, nutrition & weight management, support with making healthy lifestyle choices, healthy relationship advice, toilet problems / constipation, sleep, body changes & puberty, coping with bereavement.

We would like to wish you all the very best during your move from primary to secondary school.

Key Documents for 2020

Copies of letters and documents posted home for Year 6 parents, in the months following National Offer Day on the 2 March 2020, we be also be available below for download. Please do keep checking back regularly.

Key Documents for 2019 (Archive)

Copies of letters and documents passed onto Year 6 parents of students who started at Outwood Academy Normanby in September 2019 are below for reference.

School Day

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Likely to change due to Covid-19

How is the School Uniform organised? – note these arrangements have changed due to Covid-19
We will provide a full uniform to Year 7 students when they start the school. As students grow out of their uniform, parents are expected to buy official replacements, and there are more details about how to do this here: http://www.normanby.outwood.com/uniform

Year 6 students will now NOT be measured in school during Transition Week on Tuesday 14 July 2020, and SO the uniform will NOT be able to be collected/checked again for sizing at the original planned date of Monday 17 August 2020 between 10.30am and 1pm.

Instead uniform currently should be collected on Thursday 30 July, but there will be an opportunity to return/swap for spares on Friday 31 July. We will send out more details in due course.

What are the Transport arrangements?
Over the coming months we will liaise with Partner Primary Schools and parents on an individual basis to design the best transport arrangements during the Transition period. For many students it is hoped they can get used to using the means of transport that will be undertaken from September.

What equipment will my child need?
All students will be provided with a Planner in September 2020. They are expected to have a school bag that is large enough to contain an A4 folder. The basic equipment that is required from September is:

  • A black pen
  • A red pen
  • A pencil and pencil sharpener
  • An eraser
  • A scientific calculator
  • A protractor
  • A 6 inch ruler

What are the lunchtime arrangements?
Year 7 students have their lunch as a year group, between 12.30 – 1.00pm. This ensures there is minimal queuing time and that they can eat together in their first year at the academy. The catering is provided by Robertsons who operate a ‘ParentPay’ system. Parents can load student accounts from home, or students can add money using two optical finger recognition stations in the school. We will provide log-on details for parents in due course, and there is no need to contact Robertsons directly at this stage. For more details visit: http://www.normanby.outwood.com/catering-and-parent-pay

SEN and Inclusion

During recent months, colleagues have been visiting primary schools to meet Year 6 teachers to gather crucial transition information. Colleagues from several of our partner primary schools will also be working alongside Year 6 students at Outwood Academy Normanby during this week in July as part of the Transition process. [No longer possible in school due to Covid-19]

Question Form

If you have a question that you think the answer would be of use to other Year 6 parents, please email transition@normanby.outwood.com or use the form below, and relevant information will be added to the Frequently Asked Questions section of this page. We will of course also answer specific questions relating to your child directly via this form.

Following the changes to Government advice, from Monday 23 March our schools will be closed, except for providing childcare to a small number of children. During the period of closure we will not be able to collect correspondence sent via post. There are also only a small number of staff in the academy making it difficult to answer the telephone.

Therefore, where possible, we ask that you contact us via this contact form.

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Answers to Questions – Previous Transition Events

We look forward to welcoming Year 6 parents and carers to our Year 6 Transition Evening on Monday 13 July 2020 at 5.30pm. At the occasion, we obviously hope your child will have enjoyed their first day at Outwood Academy Normanby. After the presentation on that evening, we will once again post on this page answers to questions that are raised, for the benefit of all parents/students. These will later be drawn together into a handy document that can be printed and downloaded from our website.

These points were raised, to seek further clarification, on our Transition Evening back in July 2019.

PE Trainers
All students should have a pair of trainers for every PE lesson. They can be any colour.

Football Boots
Students will require football boots for certain activities throughout the year. They can be any colour, and can have moulded studs/blades or the screw-in types.

Free Year 7 Provided Uniform
New students in Year 7 will receive a free uniform consisting of: blazer, tie, trousers or skirt, two white shirts, PE kit: polo shirt, rugby shirt, shorts, socks. Where parents purchase ‘spares’ or additional items in the future these must be the official branded versions available online from Trutex. This year we also established Bambini of Guisborough as a stockist of replacement/spare items. Measuring is 14 July 2020, during the school day and collection is 17 August 2019 Details of collection times are above but also on our dedicated uniform page here: www.normanby.outwood.com/uniform

PE Tracksuit Bottoms
These are not provided free. If you want to purchase some, they can be plain black without logos or stripes which are generally cheaper from sports shops but can also be the official ones via Trutex, or at Bambini of Guisborough.

Sports Leggings/Thermal Leggings
These can be worn for PE lessons, provided they are proper sports leggings and are worn in addition to PE shorts. They cannot be worn without PE shorts.

Paying For Lunches (During Transition)
The fingertip recognition system will be set up. Students can load cash onto their account when in school, using one of the two machines. From September, parents will be able to load money onto their child’s account using ParentPay remotely via the internet.

Free School Meals during Transition
The academy has an agreement with primary schools so that free school meals continue to be provided during the Transition weeks, whilst Year 6 students are on their visit to us. If there has been an issue with this for your child, please contact either Karen Bullock, Exams & Data Officer/FSM on k.bullock@normanby.outwood.com or Debbie Smith, Principal’s PA/Office Manager on d.smith@normanby.outwood.com or the Year 6>7 Learning Manager Mrs Laverick via k.laverick@normanby.outwood.com

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