Having worked in both primary and secondary school settings I have seen the anxiety, apprehension, excitement, disappointment and many, many more feelings build for both children and parents during the transition period.

For a child, a new school brings a different ethos, a different way of learning and different expectations. The transfer from primary to secondary will always have an immense impact on children and their families and present significant challenges to staff.

In recent years, under pressure to focus on tested core subjects many schools have cut back on time for enrichment activities. Research shows schools spend about one-third less time on these types of enrichment activities than they did 10 years ago. However, research also shows that these types of activities, certainly through drama, play a fundamental role in helping pupils gain new skills, interests and build self-confidence. These enrichment activities play an important role in helping children’s skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, public speaking, and the ability to become more deeply engaged to communicate ideas clearly. Take Part… in the Art are now acting as a ‘community partner’ to local schools, building on these skills to contribute to young people becoming well-rounded individuals and playing a key role in reinforcing a positive school climate with the settings we are working with.

The options  –

Working in schools, with schools – (funded by schools, no cost to parents)

12-week programme for the Summer term only (commencing after Easter)

Harrytown Catholic High School – Mondays, 5.15-6.15pm

New Mills School – Tuesdays, 3.45-4.45pm

Chapel-En-Le-Frith High School – Thursdays, 3.45-4.45pm

Take Part, are supporting the successful transition from your child’s primary school to that at New Mills, Chapel, and Harrytown High Schools.  By adopting a mixed method approach, Take Part… in the Art will involve children and parents by providing an after school club for current Y6 pupils to access at their chosen school.  Through drama activities and games, we can find an ideal way to build self confidence in a young person as our aims are to provide a fun and engaging after-school session at the secondary schools. We will work to bring out the best in your child, to help them overcome any shyness, lack of self-esteem and confidence, giving them a great head start for their future at their new school. Our Tutors have explored transition practices and identified successes through a wide range of drama-based activities that will lead to a more positive approach for entry to secondary education. The children will work through a variety of activities all linked to their chosen setting – including ice-breakers, drama games, role play, improvisation and much more… 

This programme can help –

•             By addressing worries in a reassuring and encouraging way, explaining what to expect and how their secondary school works (policies, procedures, sites etc.), and by giving advice and tips on how to cope at their new school, we can develop new friendships and improve self-esteem and confidence.

•             We want to settle your children well into school life at their new school so that they cause no concerns to you.  The aim is to get them to show an increasing interest in their new school and school work!

•             Our aim is to get children to expanded their friendships and boost their self-esteem and confidence during this transitional time.  Getting to know their way around their school and give as much support to help pupils adapt.

•             Ultimately, we’d like your child to look forward to going to, and feel prepared for the move up to secondary education.

Drama activities based on age-appropriate Character Education.  

Topics for the Summer term include:

Courtesy is:

– Showing politeness in what you do and what you say.

– Thinking about the needs and feelings of others and being mindful of what will make them happy.

– Making people feel respected and valued.

Problem solving is:

– to know that problems can be solved by talking through them with someone that will listen.

Determination is:

– Simply not giving up.

– The will to keep on going.

– Trying to do something even when you find it difficult.

– Having willpower.

– ‘Stickability’.

– Making your dreams come true.

(Cyber Bullying) Self-Discipline is:

– Controlling yourself so that others don’t have to control you.

– Getting rid of bad habits and replacing them with good ones.

– Restricting how much time you spend on certain activities.

– Making yourself do things that are healthy or good for you.

Gratitude is:

– Being thankful for what you have.

– Taking the time to show others that you are grateful.

– Appreciating the generosity of other people.

As always, any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us.