Making the leap from primary to secondary school can be a stressful transition for your child, and as a parent you will want to support them however possible. In the interest of making the change as smooth as possible, a private school in Hertfordshire has compiled their top tips for helping your child make the big move.
Practice Independence and Organisation
At primary school your child tends to have their daily schedule set out for them by either yourself or a teacher. Once they move to secondary school they will suddenly become responsible for managing their own time, negotiating a lesson time-table and juggling homework assignments independently. To prepare them for this change have your year 6 child pack their school bag independently each night before school, not only will this get them into the habit of being organised it will also encourage them to consider the items they may require for each day, such as PE or swimming kits. Another suggestion would be to create a timetable for your child’s room. If they have football practice on Wednesdays and after school club on Fridays, mark this on the calendar so they learn to anticipate upcoming events and become familiar with managing their schedule.
Visit the school
Starting a new school can be very daunting and a significant factor of that is the fear of the unknown. It is important to make the effort to attend open days with your child so they can familiarise themselves with the building itself. Making sure they know where to go on their first day or how to find the toilets will relieve your child of unnecessary uncertainties and allow them to focus on the positives of starting a new school.
Be there to talk
Although starting high school is a step which promotes independence your child will need your support now as much as ever. They will undoubtedly have fears and concerns about this transition and it is important that they know they can open up to you about how they are feeling. By maintaining a strong line of communication with your child you will be able to tackle their worries as a team. Make sure they feel you are taking their concerns seriously, regardless of how trivial they may seem as this is likely one of the biggest changes your child will have experienced and it is important to be sensitive to that. Tackling some of your child’s concerns before their first day will build their confidence and promote a more positive outlook regarding the move.