The transition from Junior School to Senior School is a significant milestone for students. It represents a crucial period of growth, both academically and personally. It sets the stage for the future and provides students with opportunities to explore their interests, develop essential skills, and navigate the challenges that come with increased independence and responsibility.

“There will be a different level of education, like different subjects like science and technology. The surroundings are really different; my day will look different too.”Year 6 student

Transition Day

At The British School, we want our children to experience smooth, happy and confident transitions. We believe that effective and well-planned transitions enable children to feel safe and secure and are vital in ensuring effective continuity and progression for children of all ages.

“It is a bit scary because the Senior School is different—a different building. Exams every week, but there are better things too. Playtimes will look different. The teachers look kind, and I will get different classes, and I will have to take all my stuff with me. Like my pencils and my books.” – Year 6 student

How do we manage and support the process?

 

The BSN has a transition team of key staff from our different campuses who are involved in the transition process. The team meets regularly throughout the school year to plan and review the transition process. A thorough programme of transition activities is designed to prepare students for the move.

Teaching and learning in Year 6 are planned with the consideration of the transition to Senior School. Teachers in Year 6 plan additional lessons that cover transition so that our students know they are supported emotionally and academically. Time is given to listen to their thoughts and answer their questions. Teachers also help students become more self-organised and independent, both in their preparation for learning and daily routines.

What activities does the transition programme involve?

 

Throughout Year 6, students have several opportunities to visit the BSN Senior Schools. All Junior School students, irrespective of whether they will continue their education at the BSN or elsewhere, will participate in a taster session, orientation and tour at a BSN Senior School in January. Open evenings at the Senior Schools are also organised for parents.

On Transition Day, students continuing at the BSN will spend the whole day or two separate half days at a Senior School and take part in lessons. They will meet their Form Tutor, have taster sessions in English, Maths and other subjects, and have lunch in the student café. Year 6 teachers will also meet Year 7 Form Tutors for a handover session.

“I am quite excited. You get to go to other classes. And you also have a cafeteria. I can eat other things and choose. I went last week. I loved the teachers, and the English teacher was so kind. She let me work with my friends. She had a lot of energy that she put into the lesson to make it fun. I still feel like I am too young to go to Senior School. But I am excited, too. There will be more freedom because it is bigger and different classes and different rooms.” – Year 6 student

An essential aspect of the transition is to mark and celebrate the end of the Junior School. For example, last year at Junior School Leidschenveen, Year 6 had a trip to Westerpark, an End of Year performance and a garden party for parents. Students also received a Yearbook and other leaving mementoes such as signed t-shirts. At Junior School Vlaskamp, along with Yearbooks,  signed t-shirts, and a performance, Year 6 had a leaving parade on the last day of term where the children and their parents took a final walk through the JSV building while being  celebrated by all the JSV staff.

What does success look like?

 

A successful transition will enable parents to:

  • feel a sense of continuity and connection;
  • feel included in the process and understand the learning expectations and changes in their child’s daily routine;
  • share information regarding their child;
  • feel supported and informed throughout the process; and,
  • know who to contact for support and information.

A successful transition will enable students to:

  • settle well into school life confidently;
  • develop new relationships with teachers and make new friendships;
  • be familiar with routines, rules and expectations;
  • have confidence in their school and new environments; and,
  • experience continued curriculum progress.      

We aim to ensure that parents feel supported and informed and have time to build confidence and trust with our school and staff members. Our aim is that all parents, teachers and children will have a good understanding of our expectations so that transition can be thought of as ‘continuation’.

fiona aartsen

Fiona Aartsen

Fiona is Assistant Headteacher at Junior School Leidschenveen.

I have worked at the BSN for almost 29 years, primarily in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 in different roles. I began as TA, class teacher, lead teacher, Achievement and Progress Leader, and most recently, Assistant Headteacher. My cross-school portfolio includes Early Years, admissions, transition and parental engagement, including supporting new families. I am interested in research and studies in Early Childhood, Child Development and Child Psychology and have completed numerous diplomas and qualifications in these areas in both the UK and North America. I am committed to giving children the chance to develop a lifelong respect for learning.

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