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The Bridge to Transition

A framework for designing a robust programme that transitions students to primary school

The Bridge to Transition systematically describes the key concepts that underpin a successful transition programme, including talk, literacy, numeracy, executive functions, social and physical skills, and wellbeing. Through a series of reflective questions, it guides teachers to connect these areas to their own curriculum documents and the needs of their children.

Yet it's so much more than a guide to how and what to teach children in the transition years. Working like an interactive journal, it challenges and inspires teachers to constantly question the why of everything they are doing. Its outcome will see innovative teams of teachers creating the best possible transition programme for their unique students and community.

Ages: 4-6 | Pages: 56 | Code: 51105 | ISBN: 9781776556076

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Frances Adlam

Frances Adlam, a highly experienced and creative educator and therapist, has 20 years of teaching experience, is considered a “gifted teacher” by many, and for over 15 years has been involved in teaching the arts, creativity, multiple intelligences and working with creatively gifted children. She has lectured in New Zealand and been an adviser for teachers in the aforementioned areas. She is also a published children’s author, a dancer and a playwright. She currently works as an educator and therapist for children in her private practice, Out of the Box, where she specialises in working with children who are on the spectra of dyslexia, ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome and autism. Frances has written many resources for Essential Resources, some of which are under her former name, Frances Reed. You can find out more about Frances at


The framework for the Bridge to Transition4
Creating your own transition programme4
Why a successful transition programme is so important6
What you will (and won’t) find in this book7
Future learning research from the OECD8
Some background to the OECD’s project8
Change as the only constant in the future9
Being future ready9
Features of a successful transition programme10
Why pedagogy and pedagogical differences matter11
Understanding and exploring pedagogy11
Authentic pedagogy12
The pedagogical divide over playful learning13
The unique learning environment20
Relationships – belonging22
A metaphor for learning23
A tree in a forest23
The value of asking why24
Emotional regulation in the transition programme25
How young children experience emotion25
Activities to support emotional regulation26
Literacy in the transition programme28
Language and culture29
Language and the arts30
Talking and listening30
The language continuum31
Scribbling, mark-making and writing32
Reading the written word35
The catch-up myth36
Literacy in the transition programme: In a nutshell37
The arts in the transition programme38
The arts and competencies38
Visual art43
Reflecting on the arts45
Numeracy in the transition programme46
Spatial understanding46
Number understanding47
Number concepts48
Reflecting on numeracy50
Health literacy in the transition programme51
Gross and fine motor skills51
Balance, coordination and proprioception52
Age-appropriate knowledge of healthy eating52
Emotional and social intelligence, working collaboratively and making friends52
Age-appropriate independence in personal hygiene habits52
Further reading53