Navigating the new school environment – The journey to school

About this resource

How parents and carers can support the primary-secondary transition

Here, you will find a homework task to do with your child as they prepare for their secondary school transition. We hope that you learn something new as well while you work together with your young person.

This task can be completed over a week. It is aimed to support your child developing independence, confidence, inquiry, and their problem-solving skills to determine how they (with you) will manage this change to their routine and possibly your routine as well.

We encourage parents and carers to complete these tasks, where possible, with your child(ren).

What have students learned already?

In class, teachers have worked with students to discuss the way in which they travel to school, and how this may change when they go to secondary school. Students with brothers and sister already in secondary school will have an advantage with this activity.

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Finding your way

Tips for navigating and using the resources

  • This site is designed to be like a smorgasbord. You can use as many or as few resources as you like – choose what is relevant for you.
  • Resources are presented as 'books' and consist of a series of pages; use the 'prev page' and 'next page' links located at the top of the page to move through the resource.
  • Once complete, choose the 'What's next' prompt at the bottom of the page to move to the next resource.
  • Find resources grouped in collections in the footer, for example: classroom activities, introduction to transition.
  • Activities can be adapted according to teachers’ preferences and the needs of their students. Downloadable activities are in Word, PDF or PowerPoint so that you can edit them for your own needs.

Teachers may also consider how they want students to “keep” the activities they do in class, so they have them for reference at a later stage (at their secondary school or for future wellbeing reference).