Year 6 – Year 7 Transition Project

Chickenshed's production "Day 1 - Big School" was created and devised around the words and opinions of 1000 children of primary school age about what would make schools and communities safer for children from negative influences, bullying and being exploited. 

Using dance, music, rap and drama the production plays out the journey of two young cousins searching for the best, safe school they can find. The production addresses difficult issues in a way that opens up conversation and discussion in a positive environment. The accompanying workshop supports the learning outcomes and develops the children’s awareness of ‘what is a safe space’.

Developed in association with Enfield Borough Council the performance and workshop have been in extensive use in Enfield.

It’s been great to be part of the project day one big school as I feel it is really making a difference and helping kids. My school definitely could’ve benefited from a show like day one big school as it really alerts kids from what you should and shouldn’t do when you are transitioning from year 6 to year 7. I feel it really prepares year 6 and shows them what to expect and how to handle certain situations. The feedback has been great from the kids and knowing that the shows having an impact makes me proud to keep performing it.

Demar Lambert, Performer

The show is amazing. I told the Chickenshed staff member Michael. Those kids - all 150 of them were completely "in"  the experience. I was watching them with the Form teachers. Totally engaged. And that's their best chance of learning. Their only chance. If they are hooked in. Then they learn. It's hard hitting but it needs to be. These Yr 6 kids are going to be challenged and tested by these issues of gang grooming and finding safe role models. Some of them are already having to go through it on their streets even before Secondary school starts. This kind of show and workshop will do so much good and is badly needed.

Deputy Headteacher, Large Edmonton Primary School

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