Transition to secondary school is a challenging time, with many changes happening for young people. Developing organisational and time management skills with students will assist them to succeed during this time. By understanding the importance of being organised, students will learn strategies for developing organisational skills that will help them to succeed during secondary school.

Year level



20 minutes


In class activity

SEL Competencies



Responsible decision-making

Learning intention

Students will learn strategies to help them develop organisational skills for high school.

Key outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain why being organised is a key to success

  • identify consequences of not being organised

  • discuss strategies to help them be organised

  • make a plan to help them start secondary school being organised.

Materials needed

  • Whiteboard and markers

  • Butcher’s paper and markers for group work

Mapped to

Victorian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

  • Investigate the impact of transition and change on identities (VCHPEP123)

Australian Curriculum: General Capabilities

  • Personal and Social Capability:

    • Self-awareness

    • Self-management

  • Critical and Creative Thinking:

  • Reflecting

  • Inquiring

NSW PDHPE Syllabus

  • Demonstrates self-management skills to effectively manage complex situations (PD4-9)

  • Applies and refines interpersonal skills to assist themselves and others to interact respectfully and promote inclusion in a variety of groups or contexts (PD4-10)

Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

  • Analyse the impact of changes and transitions, and devise strategies to support themselves and others through these changes (AC9HP8P02)

  • Plan and implement strategies, using health resources, to enhance their own and others’ health, safety, relationships and wellbeing (AC9HP8P10)

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Activity 1

Group work: How do I get organised?

10 minutes

  1. In small groups, provide students with 2 minutes to create a list of things people might do and use to be organised. Examples include: calendars, diaries, apps, packing their bag the night before, writing a shopping list, colour coding.

  2. Using a different colour for each, ask students to:

    • highlight the things on the list they currently do

    • circle the things they would like to try.

  3. Encourage students to discuss their strategies as a group.

Activity 2

Organisation: What is the impact?

10 minutes

  1. In their groups, provide students with butcher’s paper and markers.

  2. Provide the following instructions:

    • You are to create something that represents the impact of being organised versus unorganised.

    • You can create a drawing, write a narrative, create a comic, write a role play, or come up with something else of your choosing.

    • Your representation must tell a story, and you are to work on it as a group.

    • An example may be a chain of events set off by not packing your bag the night before.

  3. Ask each group to share their representations.

  4. Conclude by discussing with students the importance of remaining organised, and encouraging them to think about the consequences if they aren't.


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