Meaning ‘passing’ or ‘crossing’, Transitus allows pupils the opportunity to cross over to Upper School which helps integrate the Lower and Upper Schools more closely and also provides a more seamless transition into S1 the following year.
Over the course of the year, your child will build the bridge between their primary and secondary years by beginning to experience new routines in Upper School. They will learn Maths from specialist teachers for the first time as well as having a Form Teacher to oversee and coordinate their P7 experience. Our Transitus pupils benefit from a head start to the curriculum, continuing to learn from specialist teachers in Art, French, Music, PE and Spanish, and giving them more time to explore distinct subjects to discover what they enjoy and are passionate about. Transitus lessons take place in a combination of their P7 classroom and specialist rooms throughout the Upper School.
This transitional year is a great time to grow in independence and experience the new opportunities that come as they cross the bridge, while being carefully supported by Form Teachers. We fully expect Transitus to be a truly memorable year for our P7 cohort who will know the Upper School even better by the time they start S1.
In addition to developing Literacy and Numeracy skills broadly led by the ‘Curriculum for Excellence’, our pupils will continue to learn new skills such as undertaking independent research, writing scripts and filming interviews through the International Primary Curriculum. They will explore topics such as: ‘Space Explorers’, ‘World War II’ and ‘Mapping Skills’. Music and drama are also key components this year with every pupil taking part in a production of the Scottish opera as part of their schools’ programme.
There are a wide variety of trips and activities undertaken such as Techfest, The Cosmic Dome, Lego Mindstorms and a World War II evacuation experience. Towards the end of the year, there is a residential trip to Normandy in France where pupils get an opportunity to visit the sites associated with D-Day, experience French cuisine, visit Mont St Michel and try out some of the French they have been learning since P3.