Here at The Macclesfield Academy we’re successful in ensuring the transition to Year 6 to Year 7 is as seamless as possible. Throughout the year we offer lots of fun and educational events to help familiarise our year 5/6’s with the Academy. It’s a great way for students to try new things and get to know our staff. We also have a special transition programme in place for our new year 7’s when they start at the Academy.
Year 6 Transition Activities
Christmas at Dunham Massey
This year we continued with our traditional trip to see The Christmas Lights at Dunham Massey on 29th November. This trip was open to year 6’s from surrounding primary schools and our current year 7’s. The idea is to help them get to know one another from different schools and build relationships with our current students and staff whilst having lots of fun.
Year 7’s and our prefects accompanied the Year 6’s and had a fab time, particularly when toasting the marshmallows!
On Tuesday 4th February we had our ‘Superheroes’ day open to our Year 5 & 6’s. This was an opportunity to come and dress up as super heroes and zoom around the different departments of The Macclesfield Academy learning super skills and new techniques.
Here at The Macclesfield Academy we want pupils to familiarise themselves with the Academy and sample all the different subjects we have to offer. During the week there will be an evening for parents and children to attend and a chance to meet form tutors.
Team Building Activity Day
To end our transition week we will be taking Year 6’s to Astbury Water Sports Centre for a team building day, so that students can continue to get to know one another by doing team building activities such as raft building, bush craft, archery, kayaking, climbing wall and orienteering.
This will prove to be a really fun and exciting end to our transition week and help the new year 7’s bond, ready for their next step in September.
Starting Year 7
At The Macclesfield Academy, nurturing your child is at the heart of what we do. To build on Year 7 transition and ensure pupils continue to have the best start at the Academy, we deliver a weekly session during enrichment in the first half of the autumn term. These sessions are specifically designed to help the forms connect, bond and build relationships with their form tutor and year manager. They also help students with making friends, homework and understanding our expectations of students at high school.The final session culminates in a special assembly which is attended by parents.
Year 7 school life
As our Year 7s’ settle in to school life, we continue to encourage and motivate them by having weekly attendance awards.
The form with the best attendance per term wins a free celebration breakfast!
Our enrichment sessions have a host of extra-curricular activities that students can try – printmaking, ballet, music, choir, drama and sport. Our Year 7 students have the opportunity to compete in teams right from the start of their first term.
Trips and Events
Open Evening in September
Just a few weeks into our first term we were inundated with Year 7’s who could not wait to show people around their new school. These students volunteered to stay for Open Evening and guide parents and potential new students around the school, answering questions about school life. It was fantastic to see such confidence and enthusiasm only a couple of weeks into the first term.
Silk Radio School of the Week
Our Year 7 students are involved in school life right from the start. In November we were named ‘School of the Week’ for Cheshire’s Silk Radio. As part of the show, two of our Year 7’s read out letters to their old primary schools all about their new life at the Academy.
All of our Year 7’s were invited on the Dunham Massey trip with the Years 6’s so they could share experiences of school life.
The Macclesfield Academy Family
We encourage our older students to volunteer and help out with the Year 7’s to foster a friendly atmosphere where all year groups are approachable.
We have a maths mentoring programme where year 10 and 11’s help out students who require extra support with maths. This programme fosters a sense of responsibility from the older students and helps build up the younger student’s confidence.
Homework club in the library is staffed and run by prefects. They are on hand to supervise and help the younger students with their homework.
This year we have recruited a team of Anti-Bullying ambassadors and Well-being ambassadors which include some of our new Year 7 students. The ambassadors make sure other students know who they are and that they can go to them for help and support.
We are currently focusing on reading and literacy at the Academy. As part of this, Year 7’s have quiet reading time in form each week and record their reading in a special book so we can chart their progress. We also have the ‘reading eggs’ programme where we select students who require additional help and hold intensive sessions in morning form time for a short period. Students are rewarded and progress is celebrated!
“Of course, all good behaviour must be rewarded. This term, at The Macclesfield Academy, we have started with our Golden Tickets. Teachers are giving out Golden Tickets to students that have tried their best in lessons. Students then place their Golden Tickets into a tall box and then there will be a draw in Assembly.