In this resource, Josh (a 13 year old high school student) talks about some of the changes and similarities between primary school and high school, using positive and reassuring language throughout.
Research has found that highlighting similarities between primary school and high school can reduce student anxiety during the transition. It can help students feel confident that they already have some of the skills they will need when they begin high school.
As a teacher, School Learning Support Officer (SLSO), Aboriginal Education Officer (AEO) or Aboriginal SLSO (ASLSO) you can assist students by providing the animation and handout to them, or watching it together as a class.
You could point out how the students’ school experience is or will be different and similar to that of Josh’s experience, and talk through some of the skills they already have that will be helpful to them.
School Excellence Framework alignment
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers alignment
Standard 1: Know students and how they learn
Primary and Secondary teachers
This video is designed to help reduce student anxiety around the transition from primary to secondary school. The video aims to build student confidence in their ability to navigate the transition to high school.
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