Primary to Secondary Transition

for primary schools

  • Primary to Secondary School Transition Course

Facing change with confidence

Changing schools.

It’s a big step that can be challenging for any child.

With PGL’s Primary to Secondary Transition course you can help your KS2 pupils (P7) cope with the change.

In the freedom of the outdoors, children are encouraged to face the physical and emotional challenges of our adventure courses.

You’ll see their focus turn to building stronger relationships; supporting and encouraging each other.
They‘ll begin to think in a different way - about each other and about themselves.

Our 'Plan, Do, Review' structure will help them understand the implications of what they learn and translate this back to their own personal and social circumstances.

Being away from home also helps your pupils become more self-reliant and responsible for their personal organisation.

A Primary to Secondary Transition course is about helping children grow up a little. Helping them feel stronger, more confident, more self-aware. Ready for anything in fact. Even a new school!

Activities

Before your course begins, you’ll receive an ‘Aims and Objectives’ sheet to help us identify your focus. You’ll also be invited to attend a pre-course planning day, so you can discuss your options with the PGL Course Leader.

Our transition course is still a multi-activity course, filled with four inspiring adventure sessions each day. And we’ll still fill each evening with entertaining sessions to keep them busy until bed!

But because we want children to think about their experiences, we’ve added some further support. With your guidance, our well-trained staff devise appropriate introductions to each session.

There are thought-provoking workbooks and discussion opportunities. We’ll tease out what they were feeling with review sessions after each activity – the implications; the connections; the insights. And send them home feeling a little taller.

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A typical itinerary for this course

Sample programme for a 5 day Primary to Secondary Transition course for Primary Schools
  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Breakfast
09.00-10.30   Archery High Ropes Course Jacob’s Ladder Abseiling
10.30-12.00   Orienteering Fencing Trapeze Climbing
Lunch
14.00-15.30   Challenge Course Zip Wire Raft Building - session 1 Depart for home
15.30-17.00 Arrive, unpack & orientation Kayaking Canoeing Raft Building - session 2  
Dinner
Evening Scavenger Hunt Review Session & The Great Egg Race Review Session & Talent Show Review Session & Disco  

Learning outcomes

Our Primary to Secondary Transition course focuses on aspects of your pupils’ development which will support their move to a new school, including:

  • Dealing with new and unfamiliar situations
  • Integration – making new friends
  • Personal organisation and taking responsibility
  • Supporting and encouraging each other

The course booklets are provided to help focus pupils on the learning experiences from the course, they also:

  • Provide a record of achievement
  • Develop observation and awareness skills
  • Encourage self-expression
  • Encourage pupils to reflect on their experiences
  • Support the process of reviewing
  • Identify successes and opportunities
Barton Hall

Barton Hall

Located at the heart of the English Riviera with views to Torquay, blue flag beaches and Dartmoor close by. There's even a dry ski slope to try out!

Beam House

Beam House

The place to go for some great surfing and bodyboarding! Near Bideford in north Devon and close to the beach and surf school at Westward Ho!

Boreatton Park

Boreatton Park

One of our largest centres with over 250 acres packed full of adventure activities. There are some excellent facilities and accommodation options.

Caythorpe Court

Caythorpe Court

Perfect for primary school groups looking for an escape to the country. Located just ten miles north of Grantham with over 65 acres.

Dalguise

Dalguise

A Highland hideaway in a beautiful valley, five miles north of Dunkeld. Beatrix Potter spent her childhood holidays here in the 19th century.

Hillcrest

Hillcrest

Perfect for younger pupils, the relatively small size and home-away-from-home feel offers the perfect introduction if it's their first school trip.

Liddington

Liddington

One of our largest centres offering a range of facilities and accommodation options. Conveniently located just minutes from the M4 near Swindon.

Little Canada

Little Canada

A picturesque centre with wooden cabins set on the banks of Wootton Creek. There's private access to the water - ideal for watersports lovers!

Llwyn Filly

Llwyn Filly

Discover a little hideaway in the Black Mountains and enjoy the homely feel of Llwyn Filly, which can offer sole occupancy for up to 50 pupils.

Marchants Hill

Marchants Hill

It's easy to forget you're so close to London when you walk through the woods to discover the breathtaking landscape of the Devil's Punchbowl.

Osmington Bay

Osmington Bay

Located at the heart of the Jurassic Coast near Weymouth. There's direct access to the beach and some thrilling watersports at Portland Bay.

Tregoyd House

Tregoyd House

A rural escape in the Black Mountains. There's plenty to discover and many primary school groups enjoy canoeing the stunning River Wye.

Windmill Hill

Windmill Hill

Take a dip in the heated outdoor pool and watch watch your high fliers on the zip wire or join in the fun on our challenge course. Close to the coast on the Sussex Downs.

Winmarleigh Hall

Winmarleigh Hall

A great location for primary school groups in the north west of England, offering over 50 acres of gardens and woodland, near the forest of Bowland.