Age Group

9-11 year olds

Year Group

Key Stage 2


45 minutes

Group Size

5 - 250

Resource Pack?

Not Available

Follow Up Workshop


Digital Version?


Overview of Moving Up

The transition to secondary school marks a significant phase of a young person’s life. Despite this, it affects them in sometimes unexpected ways. What we do know – change can be challenging. The Department for Children, Schools, and Families state that “induction, taster days and visits appear to improve the transition experience for children” (DCSF- RR019, 2008). 2engage want to connect with likeminded, forward-thinking organisations looking for practical ways to ease the transition between schools for young people. Outreach and Widening Participation programmes across the country provide young people with a range of interactive, fun and engaging activities. ‘Moving Upseeks to support this and ease the transition using the power of theatre and storytelling. 

Chris and Sophie are in year 6 and are about to make the transition to high school. They’ve outgrown primary and before they know it, they’re waiting for the bus on their first day of being a year 7. Using an engaging mix of comical characters and a number of typical transition scenarios, audiences come face-to-face with the truth about going to secondary school. We touch on subjects such as making friends, first impressions, bullying, scary teachers and getting lost. Using fun and interactive scenes, this presentation settles those anxious feelings we all had when starting high school and provokes a more positive attitude towards transition.
- Give up-to-date and relevant advice and guidance about starting high school.
- Highlight the positive aspects of transition.
- Dispel myths on bullying, scary teachers, homework, getting lost and other common fears.
- Exemplify how to make a good first impression, make new friends and develop coping strategies.
- Explore the emotions and situations a year 7 pupil may experience.
- Improve pupils’ motivation to learn and their attitude towards education.
- How to make informed choices
- Celebrating achievements and setting high aspirations and goals
- Change and transitions
- Understanding increased independence and responsibility
- Asking for help
- How actions affect themselves and others
- Listening and responding to a wide range of people
- Different kinds of responsibilities, rights, duties at home, at school and in community

Key Themes