Countdown to the end of Term
It is coming to that time of year, when some parents will be preparing for their children to make the leap from Primary to Secondary School transition.
I have gone through it twice, so I know first-hand the worry it can cause children and parents. Each time my children have moved from Primary to secondary school, it has been a different experience as both my boys needs have varied.
I stressed so much about the fact they were going from the Top Dogs at Primary School to the bottom of the food chain at Secondary School.
We all know it is coming, and we think we have 6 weeks through the holidays to prepare them, trust me those 6 weeks fly by.
Here are a few of my Top tips that have helped me, and more importantly my boys through the difficult transition.
Primary to Secondary School Tip 1
If your secondary School runs taster weeks through the school holidays, I would suggest booking your son or daughter on one. My son moaned when I told him my plans, I can understand this as they look forward to having six weeks off all year and here I was sending him to school slap bang in the middle of his holidays. I felt cruel at the time, but I am so glad I did it. He learnt the layout of the building and essential spots on the School map, like where the toilets and food hall were. He met new friends who would be future year 7 pupils like him and some older children who had volunteered to help on this transition taster week. He did some mini lessons so met many teachers before the term started.
At the end of the week the children were taken for a fun day out too.
This experience really paid off, as when he started school he felt more confident getting around the School when it was now filled with 800+ pupils.
Primary to Secondary School Tip 2
If your child struggles with laces, uniform, football socks and ties, then start practicing at the beginning of the school holidays, so again they can feel more confident when dressing in school after P.E.
Another bit of advice is check 1 -2 weeks before the school start date, that the uniform and shoes you may have bought at the beginning of the school holidays still fits. Kids can grow so much between the ends of Primary School to the start of High School at an alarming rate. This way you give yourself a bit of time to swap the sizes of the uniform.
Primary to Secondary School Tip 3
Expect to see mood swings during the first week at their new school, both of my children went up, down and all around! I could not keep up with them. I had to bite my tongue on a few occasions, but I realised that there was many contributing factors to their mood including tiredness, fear and anxiety. So plenty of early nights, Good home cooked meals as they come home starving and try not to ask 101 questions, the temptation is hard though!
Primary to Secondary School Tip 4
Try to keep your anxiety, stress and tears locked in until they have left for school or gone to bed. It is a hard first week for everyone. We have had stresses and problems throughout Year 7, but things are now looking up and going into year 8 seems like a walk in the park.
Good Luck everyone, I am always here to chat or answer any questions you may have.
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