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Resource Preview It is important to make preparations for your new class in September by collecting information at the end of the summer term. You can spend some time discussing your new pupils with their current teacher and reviewing some of their work so that you can build on their previous learning and development when they join your year group in the new school year. Ask for some examples of the children's work so that you can review their current abilities and make plans for the autumn.

You can also spend some time allowing your new pupils to visit their new classroom. Use the time to introduce your new pupils to some of your classroom routines and expectations. You can also set the children a small piece of work so that you can assess their abilities. Don't forget to allow time for questions at the end of the visit to help ease any anxieties or worries about your new class. You can use some of the children's work to make an initial classroom display for September.

Class Records
It is important that you collect full records for each of your new pupils who you will be teaching in September. Good record keeping will help you identify weakness and strengths in your new class so that you plan correctly to develop their learning abilities. Ask the children's current teacher to supply listings of the children's class groups in English and Maths so that you are fully aware of their differing needs. Good records will help you identify gaps in the children's knowledge and skills which will make it easier to plan classroom activities that will develop and extend your new pupils. It is also important that you collect information about the social and behaviour aspects of the children's learning so that you are fully prepared to start working with your new class.

Class Handover
Arrange to meet with the children's current teacher so that you gain essential knowledge about your new class. Take some notes about each child to not only record their learning abilities in Maths, English and other subjects but also some information about their friendship groups, attitude towards school and any parental support. The children's current teacher will be able to tell you things that can't necessarily be gleaned from written records. You specifically need to know if any children should and or should not be matched with other pupils in the class to help build a productive learning environment. It would also be useful to know any strategies or techniques that have worked successfully with the class in the past such as how they respond to behaviour modifications activities or if they work more productively in the morning or afternoon.

Class Work
You can also ask the children's current class teacher to supply you with an example of their work in Maths and English so that you gain a full picture of their abilities allowing you to begin thinking about how best to target learning opportunities to meet the needs of your new pupils. Keep a copy of the provided work so that you can begin building a portfolio of each child's achievements across the year which will be useful for assessment purposes. Place examples of the collected work in individual plastic folders which can then be added to during the course of the year. Place some labels on the top of each piece of work to record the date, learning objective and any assessment comments.

Class Meet
It is advisable to spend a little bit of time working with your new class to begin introducing them to the classroom. This will also help ease the children's anxieties and worries about moving to a new year group. Spend a few minutes at the start of the session describing some of the topics that the children will be learning during the next school year and some of your expectations in regard to work and behaviour. You can also set the class a small piece of work such as asking them to write a short biography of themselves including a self-portrait. These pieces of work can be then be used to build an initial classroom display. Make sure you share one of your favourite stories with the class at the end of the session. You can also allow some time for the children to ask questions about what might happen next year.

Current Class
It is important to review some of the topics that you have taught in the past year with your current class. Keep examples of any children's work that were successful in the past year including photographs of any models or artwork. These examples of work will help inform any future planning. You should also get your current class to review the topics that they have covered so that you can identify gaps when teaching the same topic with your new class.

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Last Year
Template to help the children produce a short piece of writing so that you can make some initial assessments of their progress and development in literacy

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