Again, inspired by a Tweet:
Any great transition activities/games?— Miss Trainee (@NQT_Miss) 13 June 2016
We couldn't answer in 140 characters, so we'll answer in a blog post...
On our transition day, we get our new year group for just over two hours. Lots of time to get to know them a bit and learn a little about them. We do a short maths activity, a short writing activity and do lots of 'getting to know you' activities.
'Getting to Know You a Little' - Children roll a dice and answer a question based upon what number they roll. For example: 1 Something you enjoyed about this year. 2 Favourite colour. -> 6 Dream job.
Share the curriculum for the year ahead. Let the children know what they'll be studying. They may even do some pre-learning.
Trips. Again similar to above, let the children know what trips they can expect.
'The Hardest Test You'll Do All Year' (Getting to Know Me a Little) - I give each table four pictures. For example: sweetcorn, peas, carrots and broccoli. They need to work out which is the odd one out and why. Always some interesting answers and then I explain the right answer. Can't stand sweetcorn by the way!
'Getting to Know You' - provide the children with a form to fill in so you, the teacher, have something to keep about them as you prepare for the year ahead.
Share a sideshow of photos from your current year.
Look at your class / year group blog.
'Just Like Me' - Someone says something they like or do and anyone who is the same/similar says, "Just like me".
There's some ideas. We really value transition day. Get to know the children a little. Make introductions. Set some expatiations. And, all before it begins 'for real' in September...