Nord Anglia Education
Nord Anglia
22 May, 2024

Successful Transition Day for Primary

Successful Transition Day for Primary - Successful Transition Day for Primary

Transitioning from Primary to Secondary School is a significant milestone in a child's educational journey. To ease this transition and ensure a smooth start, many schools organise transition days that allow Primary students to experience Secondary School life before the new academic year begins. Recently, our school hosted a highly successful Transition Day, transition assembly and information evening, which proved to be a positive and enriching experience for all involved.

Transition Day is a crucial event for Year 6 students as they prepare to move on to the Secondary School. This day provides an opportunity for students to visit their new school, meet their teachers and get a feel for what their new school life will be like. One of the most significant benefits of Transition Day is that it helps students to familiarise themselves with their new surroundings. They can explore the school, see where their classrooms are located, and get a sense of the layout of the building. This can help to reduce anxiety and stress about starting Secondary School, as students will have a better understanding of what to expect.

Another important aspect of Transition Day is the chance for students to meet their new teachers. This can help to build relationships and establish a sense of community before the school year begins. The students can ask questions, get to know their teachers and start to form connections. This can be especially helpful for students who may be nervous about starting at a new school. Transition Day also provides an opportunity for students to learn about the rules and routines of their new school. They can find out about the school's expectations for behaviour, etiquette, dress code and attendance. This can help students to feel more confident and prepared when they start at their new school.

Transition from the Primary to the Secondary School has always been something we are passionate about at BISS. We want to enable Year 6 children to not only be academically prepared, but also ready emotionally and socially for such a big step in their educational journey. To give the Primary students a taste of Secondary School academics, on Monday 20 May, they participated in short, engaging lessons across different subjects. Teachers designed these lessons to be both fun and educational, aiming to spark curiosity and excitement about learning. By experiencing a typical school day, the students gained a better understanding of the structure and expectations of secondary education.

Successful Transition Day for Primary - Successful Transition Day for Primary

Lessons included making global connections in Geography, sampling myths and legends by using descriptive language in English to bring their own mythical creatures to life, puzzle solving in Maths, and the use of branding and logos in Business Studies. Using the context of a Viking house, students completed tasks designed to give them an insight as to what studying History in Secondary will involve. Science is always a favourite, as the students participated in an exciting and engaging hands-on science experiment using a red cabbage indicator to observe vibrant colour changes in a sodium carbonate solution when dry ice was added, enthusiastically learning about pH levels, chemical reactions and the scientific method. Through this experiment, they developed important skills in observation, hypothesis testing, and critical thinking, all while having a fantastic time exploring science.

The students enjoyed their freedom during breaktime and lunch time when they enjoyed exploring the school, playing basketball or football, and talking with friends. The teachers commended the students for their interaction, engagement, and politeness.

During the afternoon assembly on Friday 17 May, the Year 7 Buddies gave an insight into life in the Secondary School and how to be best prepared for the year ahead. They shared tips that will help the Year 6 students to be more organised, as well as the importance of homework, the use of planners and remembering to bring in the right equipment for lessons.

The success of the transition events is a testament to the dedication and effort of the school's staff, students and community. By prioritising the well-being and confidence of incoming students, the school has set a strong foundation for their future success. As the new academic year approaches, both students and parents can look forward to a smooth and positive start to Secondary School life.

In conclusion, the Transition Day was not only a success in terms of logistics and participation but also in achieving its core goal: to ease the shift from primary to secondary education. By fostering a welcoming and supportive atmosphere, the school has ensured that its new students are excited and prepared for the next chapter in their educational journey.

I am sure that the Year 6 students kept their families busy with conversations this week. We are very much looking forward to meeting parents at events in the next academic year and greeting the students when they arrive on the school campus in August.

Emma James
Deputy Head Pastoral