Starting at Isca Academy
Moving to secondary school can be both exciting and daunting. This is even more so now, in these unusual times when we are not able to do so many of the things we normally take for granted, such as seeing our family and friends or going to the park. We are committed to helping you make your transition from Primary to Secondary School as smooth as possible.
At the bottom of the page you will find copies of all the letters and information that we send out to you so you can refer to it if you need to.
Our Year 6 Transition Pledge
As part of the Ted Wragg Multi Academy Trust (TWMAT) we are working closely together to ensure that the move between primary and secondary schools is a supported, personalised and smooth one, which recognises the needs of each individual child.
We have made a pledge to all the children that will be joining us:
- We will do everything we can to ensure that every TWMAT child has the best possible transition between primary and secondary schools. We will stay in contact with all primary schools and provide contact details so communication can be effective.
- We will provide every child with exciting opportunities including:
- Every child will receive a copy of ‘Wonder’ to read by the time they start secondary school. An audio file is also available to support them with this.
- A chance to complete a writing task -writing to their new tutor introducing themselves, what their hobbies are, what they are most looking forward to at their new secondary school and what they are worried about.
- An introductory Maths course via our exciting and highly successful SPARX programme. ‘SPARX Maths’ (SMVC/SPARX Maths virtual classroom). This programme is used to deliver Maths in all Trust secondary schools.
- A Knowledge Organiser ‘Getting to know your school’ and instructions on how to use cover-write-check to check what your child has learnt about their secondary school.
Making transition safe and meaningful
As a trust we intend to offer both an enhanced virtual transition and on-site activities. We are hopeful that we can organise revised, socially distanced on-site transition days before September as the situation allows.
We will continue to keep you updated with the opportunities we can offer as things evolve in the coming weeks. Please be reassured that:
- Transition leads have met with the Year 6 teachers, SENDCo’s and other key staff to discuss every child joining their school and we are continuing to work with them throughout the transition process.
- Transition leads will continue to communicate with the primary school headteacher and Year 6 teachers to keep them informed of any new communications and developments of the transition and the opportunities that we will provide our young people.
- Virtual transitions have been launched and are evolving as an exciting introduction to your child’s new school.
- We are increasingly confident that we will be able to support students requiring enhanced transition on our schools’ sites before the end of term.
If you have any questions about starting at Isca Academy, please email them to Intake2020@iscaexeter.co.uk and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
The following staff can be contacted if you have specific questions:
Mrs Ali Moxey, Assistant Head, responsible for Transition, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Henry Goldson, Head of Year 7, email@example.com
Ms Jodie Carter, SENDCo, responsible for enhanced transition, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Janet Lee, Transition Administrator, email@example.com
Please read the letter Summer School 2020 about our Year 6 transition Summer School and the link to sign up.
For a full list of uniform requirements and how to order items from our suppliers, have a look at our Uniform page.
Year 6 Transition Course – Maths
Over the summer term, we are giving all Year 6 students preparing to join Isca Academy access to Sparx Classroom to complete a bespoke Year 6 Transition Course. Sparx is a Maths online learning platform that is used extensively within the maths department at Isca Academy. The transition course is designed to allow Year 6 students to revisit the basics of written calculation, rounding and negative numbers in advance of starting secondary school Maths in September.
Parents will be emailed a link to a new lesson each Monday with instructions about how to access the Sparx site. Please let us know if you have any difficulties with accessing this.
Year 6 Maths Transition Course – a guide for parents
Year 6 Knowledge Organiser
Your Year 6 Knowledge Organiser contains the essential information that all students starting at Isca Academy should know. We encourage all students to learn as much as possible to make their start with us in September much easier.
Year 6 Knowledge Organiser
A Virtual tour of Isca Academy with Mr Goldson, Head of Year 7
Our letters and Information
We will keep copies of all the letters and information that we send out to you so you can refer to it if you need to.