Teaching Groups Explained: Year 6-7 Transition

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Year 7 Manager Mrs Yates gives an explanation of our teaching groups at Heart of England which is one of the ways students are put into classes at our school.

When you join Year 7 you are placed into a teaching group. This is just another name for a class and I know you have had plenty of experience of being in a class at your primary school.  This is the group you will be in for all your lessons when you first start here.

Secondary schools are usually bigger than primary schools and so we will have 8 teaching groups in Year 7 when you start here. However, each teaching group will have about the same number of children as you are used to in your Year 6 class.

Our teaching groups are called P, A, T, F, C, S, B, and E. I imagine that you are wondering why they have these letters and are not A to H or 1-8. Well I can tell you that it is because the classes kept the initial letter of the names of our old houses (I explained about our new houses in my previous blog). In fact, B stood for Blythe which is the name of the River that runs through Solihull and into Warwickshire and P stood for Packington which is the name of a village near here.  We don’t use these names anymore though, just the letters.

Before you start here I will let you know which teaching group you will be in.

If you are in P, A, T or F you will be studying French as one of your subjects. If you are in C S B or E you will be studying Spanish.

I know that you will all be wondering about which teaching group you will be in and I will be letting you know before the end of term. I have to take lots of things into account when putting you in teaching groups. For example, I’m sure you would think it very strange if I put all the boys in 4 classes and all the girls in the other 4 classes. I always make sure that there will be someone in your class who you will recognise from your primary school but you will very quickly get to know the other members of you class. Don’t worry if you are the only person coming from your school, I will put you in a group with other students that are coming on their own so that you can easily make new friends and help each other.

You probably already know that you will be learning lots of different subjects when you come here and will move to different classrooms for lessons. In every lesson your teachers will have worked out a seating plan and so will let you know where you should sit in the class when you first arrive at their lesson.

In each of these lessons I am expecting you to be learning and concentrating on your work and not be chatting to friends. You will have plenty of time to do this when you meet your friends (both new and old) at break time and lunchtime. I am always happy to help you with meeting up with your friends or with making new friends.

Lessons are all 1 hour long and you have 5 lessons in a day. You will have 2 lessons before morning break. After break there are 2 lessons before lunchtime and that leaves just one more lesson before home time. Next week you will be hearing from the individual subjects and in my next blog I will explain about finding your way around and timetables.

Mrs Yates, Year 7 Manager