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Year 2 to Year 3 transition – ‘Learning to Fly’

At Chalfont St Peter CofE Academy we recognise that the personal development of children, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive, caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of the cultures.


Moving up to junior school from infants can be a daunting prospect, however here at CSPA we do all we can to ensure that the transition is as smooth and worry-free as possible. We work closely with our feeder infant schools so that transition from KS1 to KS2 is an exciting time full of new possibilities and opportunities.


Our KS1 to KS2 transition arrangements include:

  • Inviting Year 2 children from our feeder schools to visit CSPA and watch our annual Christmas productions

  • Two Open Mornings are held in the Autumn term for prospective parents and children

  • Deadline for KS2 applications in January and confirmation of a place is announced in April

  • Parents receive a comprehensive parent handbook detailing CSPA routines and general information

  • In June, parents are invited to an information evening which is an opportunity to learn more about our school and meet the CSPA team

  • Ahead of your child joining, admission details are collected via an easy to complete online Google Form

  • Year 2 children are invited to a transition morning in July - this is an opportunity to explore the school, meet their teacher and complete some fun activities 

  • Parents are encouraged to join Classlist parent app as well as following the school on social media platforms (using the handle @cspa_head) to familiarise themselves with our school

  • Year 2 and Year 3 teacher liaison takes place late in the summer term

  • CSPA SENDCo liaises with feeder schools late July to ensure transition of vulnerable children is managed well and to ensure children with SEND are clearly identified 

  • For pupils with anxiety or SEND, a picture booklet showing school areas and staff who will be working with them may be given to support transition the Summer holidays

  • Informal ‘meet the teacher’ drop-in sessions are hosted early in the Autumn term to allow parents the opportunity to see the Year 3 classrooms and meet the teachers

  • CATs testing takes place in the Autumn term of Year 3 to assess each child's potential, what they could achieve and how they learn best. The results help teachers to set the right learning pace for each child, monitor their progress and identify areas where they might need extra support or stretch.


We understand that when choosing a junior school, parents are already looking ahead to where their child will go in Year 7. While different schools suit and support different children, our responsibility is to ensure that your child is prepared and confident for whichever senior school you choose.