5 Strategies for a Seamless Transition from Year 6 to Year 7

As parents, we’re on the frontlines of our children's major life transitions. One of their most significant leaps occurs between Year 6 and Year 7: the transition from Primary to Secondary school. It can become a little overwhelming at times and brings on a mixture of anxiety and uncertainty (also excitement, we hope!). Our goal at BAC is to create fond memories of their last year of Primary school while also developing a sense of positive anticipation for their next phase of schooling.

Based on our long experience supporting students through this transition, we’d like to offer five strategies for parents to put into practice at home.

Strategy 1: Foster Independence

Prepare your child for greater responsibilities and expectations by gradually incorporating more independence into daily routines. Teach them essential organisational skills like time management, keeping track of assignments, and effective study habits. Stay connected and engaged with their education but empower them to take ownership of their learning. This will give them greater confidence when they reach Secondary school.

Strategy 2: Nurture Social Connections

Encourage your child to participate in extracurricular activities or join clubs that align with their interests. Ideally, introduce your child to new friends from their new school or the school community to develop networks of support from the school. However, if that is not possible, building supportive social networks with family and family friends can give your child a sense of belonging and confidence that they will take into new experiences.

Strategy 3: Maintain Open Communication

Ensure your child feels safe enough to share concerns about starting Secondary school. Listen carefully, ask them questions so they can explain what they're concerned about, encourage them to think of solutions to issues they raise, and offer ideas and encouragement when needed, but don't take over. When next year rolls around, be encouraging, cheer them on, and stay in touch with teachers monitoring their progress.

Strategy 4: Encourage Resilience

Chat with your child about the importance of adaptability and perseverance. Remind them that setbacks and uncertainties are okay and that mistakes are a natural part of learning. Fear often comes with being unsuccessful in learning, but we replace the word "F.A.I.L." with a healthier concept: "First Attempt in Learning". By fostering a resilient mindset, you'll equip your child with the tools to navigate challenges confidently.

Strategy 5: Start Early

The key to a successful transition lies in early preparation. Have conversations about Secondary school, but stay calm and avoid negativity about upcoming changes. Tour the campus and attend me@BAC, an open day that involves activities and fun, sampling new subject areas, and meeting teachers and other Year 6 students.

Experience Year 7 for a Day at BAC

“Crossing the bridge” from Primary to Secondary may seem daunting. Still, with preparation, communication, a blossoming resilience, and familiarisation with the new environment, your child will navigate this exciting new chapter in their education like a professional!

Year 6 students from any school are invited to experience a day in the life of a Year 7 student on our Secondary campus at our me@BAC event, on Thursday 30 May 2024.

Register now for me@BAC below. (Please note that current Year 6 students from BAC and IAS will register with their teachers.)