now>press>play and Martin Bailey (Lanchester EP Primary School) set the pupils from Birchwood and Lanchester EP a task to write and record their own now>press>play Year 6 Transition Project. They explored their fears, worries and possible solutions!
Hear all about the project from Hayley Mould, a teacher at Birchwood.
At Birchwood, children have had the opportunity to take part in the immersive now>press>play experiences for a number of years, bringing the curriculum to life through a combination of technology and imagination in the most entertaining and inspiring way.
As a school, we always strive to ensure that children have a smooth and successful transition period when moving from Year 6 to Year 7, preparing them for the next stage in their education. During these unprecedented times, it is of paramount importance for us to aid the transition process for our children, so when we heard about a unique opportunity to partner with now>press>play on an innovative transition project, the teachers and children were equally excited!
In collaboration with Lanchester EP Primary School in Newcastle, we were tasked by Tilly and her team at now>press>play to support the initial development of a new experience which would help, reassure and support future year six children in their move to high school. This experience would be designed to allow others to be plunged into an immersive transition experience, while hearing and acting out the worries, concerns and fears of other children in their same position, before experiencing how these situations may be resolved.
We started by taking part in a Zoom conversation with Tilly from now>press>play and the children from Lanchester school, in which we were given clear instructions for our task; this began with sharing our current fears and concerns about the transition to secondary school on Padlet, an online information sharing resource.
Next, our children listened to the current now>press>play Transition experience, and critically evaluated it in order to make sure we were able to create an experience that was even better than the original! We also spent valuable time unpicking the language and structural features of a now>press>play transcript, identifying the importance of action, emotion and problems with resolutions.
One or two Zoom calls and some technical training later, the children began to use the fears and worries which had been shared on Padlet to collaboratively create and write a scene based on potential high school experiences – getting lost on our way to lessons, dealing with bullying, managing homework and making friends – to name but a few! After much debate and discussion about how these scenarios might be resolved, we finalised our script and then recorded our scenes.
We sent our scenes off to Tilly and Mr Bailey and they worked their magic, piecing together our Birchwood scenes with those from Lanchester.
After receiving the initial draft of the completed recording, the children immersed themselves in the full experience, before sharing important constructive feedback which enabled the experience to be edited and improved to perfection.
This has been an incredible project whereby children have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to share experiences, concerns and resolutions with others – realising that they are able to support each other in offering advice and guidance, while preparing them mentally and emotionally for the next stage in their education. The children are also proud of the fact that they have helped the developers at now>press>play to understand the transition experience from the perspective of a child, and hope that this will help with the creation of a new now>press>play experience for others to enjoy.
Thank you to now>press>play and Mr Bailey from Lanchester EP Primary School for the opportunity to take part in this project.
An extract from one of the children’s favourite scenes:
Sound effect: Alarm going off
Narrator/Action: Your alarm has just gone off and it is the first day of secondary school. This is the day you have been excited about ALL summer, but you also have a bit of a funny feeling in your tummy. Yawn, throw your covers off and take a big stretch.
Mum: Hurry up! Breakfast is on the table!
Narrator/Action: Go to your wardrobe towards the north and pull on your clothes that you carefully prepared last night. Now head towards the east and climb down the stairs into your kitchen. Breathe in the delicious smell of pancakes.
Mum: Good morning darling, ready for the big day?
Narrator/Action: Nod your head but don’t say a word. The nerves are starting to set in. Go towards the south and sit at the breakfast table.
Mum: Have you got your transition holiday project in your bag, ready to give to Mr Goldsmith?
Narrator/Action: Nod your head at your mum. Hold on…WHAT project? That funny feeling in your tummy is now growing…and growing…and growing. Keep your head down and don’t let your mum see the panic in your eyes.