In Transition we aim to foster independent learning, develop key skills and nurture creative expression, within a supportive learning environment and through cross-curricular topic work. 

Year 1

In Year 1, The Kodaly Method and Tap/Musical Theatre Dance are introduced to the already broad curriculum, to fulfil the academic, physical, creative and social needs of each individual child. 

Establishing routines is important for every child, as it helps them to develop a sense of belonging and supports their independent learning. The majority of our work in Year 1 is done in partner or small group setups, incorporating the interests of the children.

It is at this stage that any child experiencing difficulties can be identified and appropriate support planned and followed through. Sometimes this includes off-site support, e.g. physiotherapists, speech therapists. Close contact between staff, specialists and parents is expected.

It is rewarding to note that staff commitment to early intervention pays such dividends in the child's all-round development.

Year 2

In Year 2, Recorder is introduced to the curriculum.  In learning skills and gaining knowledge, we aim to create a sense of 'group', building self-confidence and developing the ability to interact positively with others.

In addition to the requirements of Literacy and Numeracy skills, topic themes (which may be Geography, History or Science based) are explored in greater depth in Transition.

There is a strong emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy skills during these two years, as we believe that it is only when these skills are in place that children are able to continue with independent research.


  • Dallington makes big relationships happen throughout the years and it is a wonderful place to be!

  • The pupils who have transferred from Dallington to Forest Prep over the last few years have one very clear characteristic; they want to be involved in all aspects of school life.  Couple this with solid academic preparation, good manners and general joie de vive and you have the ingredients for a pupil who is going to make a success of their school years.

    Elizabeth Garner
    Forest Prep
  • Dallington makes me feel like I'm with a second family. All the friends I‟ve made over my six years at Dallington make me feel like the luckiest boy in the world.


What's happening

  • General, Transition, Middle School11 / 03 / 2020
    Science Week is fully underway at Dallington, this week. All classes are getting involved in their...
  • General, Transition05 / 03 / 2020
    Year 1 were very excited to get the bus up to Waterstones for world book day, to exchange their...


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