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GETTING READY FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL

Moving from primary to secondary school is an exciting time for many young people, but we know that it can also be a daunting prospect. Addressing children’s worries throughout the process and giving them opportunities to experience and talk about the next steps really helps prepare them for what lies ahead and how they might handle it.

To facilitate this, we have put together a series of sessions for you to work through at home with your child. Each session has a different theme focusing on getting ready to join us at secondary school.

All sessions can be completed by your child independently, but it is best for you to discuss each session together.

PARENT/CARER – STUDENT SESSIONS ON MOVING TO SECONDARY SCHOOL

  1. Being brave

Being brave means different things to different people.

Watch the film below in which students talk about what being brave means to them when faced with the challenges of starting secondary school.

  1. What does being brave means to you?
  2. In which ways can you be brave in difficult situations?
  3. How can this make you stronger and more resilient?

VIDEO 1

  1. Changes

The next film highlights the main differences between primary and secondary school.

Booklet 1 – Changes – Booklet 1 CHANGES

 

VIDEO 2

  1. Getting to know you

When you join us at Stepney All Saints, we will want to know all about you. Every one of you will have different interests, experiences and stories to tell us. To help us, we want you to do a task. All the details are in the next booklet:

Booklet 2 – Getting to know you – Booklet 2 GETTING TO KNOW YOU

 

  1. Hopes and dreams

When you join us at Stepney All Saints a new world of opportunities opens up, from joining a sports club or learning to cook in food technology to channelling your acting skills in drama.

In the video, secondary school students talk about the subjects they like the most and tell us how they play a part in their hopes and dreams for the future.

VIDEO 3

  1. Getting organised

How will I get to school each day? What uniform will I wear? How do I do up my tie? There will be lots of new things to think about at secondary school. You will be moving around the building to different lessons and will need to have all of your equipment. So how to you get organized for secondary school? Now work through the activities in the next booklet:

Booklet 3 – Getting organised – Booklet 3 GETTING ORGANISED

Can you do up a tie on your own? Practice makes perfect. The following video uses a clever technique to help you do your own tie. Let’s see if you can remember it.

TIE VIDEO

 

 

 

  1. Routines

An essential part of being organized is having a good routine. Your routine will change from the one you had going to primary. Also, routines need to be healthy and well-structured to make sure you do well at school.

Now work through the activities in the next booklet:

Booklet 4 – Routines – Booklet 4 ROUTINES

VIDEO 4

  1. Stepney All Saints

What do you know about us at Stepney All Saints? You probably know a lot already, but there are things you need to know in order to have a successful start at secondary school. You will be given lots of information when you start, but what do you need to know for day 1?

Now work through the activities in the next booklet:

Booklet 5 – Getting organised  – Booklet 5 STEPNEY ALL SAINTS

 

PARENTS – HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD MOVING TO SECONDARY SCHOOL

We know that the transition to secondary school can potentially be as difficult for parents as it is for their children. We are here to support you and we will be meeting with parents in September  on various occasions to assist in the transition.

You can find some useful guidance in this download – Secondary-Transition-into-secondary-school-Parent-Pamphlet

You can also read further guidance in the following documents:

1 Secondary-Building-Resilience-Parent-Pamphlet

2 Secondary-Growth-Mindset-Parent-Pamphlet

3 Secondary-Helping-your-child-get-into-good-habits-Parent-Pamphlet

4 Secondary-Making-the-Change-Parent-Pamphlet

 

YEAR 6 – LESSON ON MOVING TO SECONDARY SCHOOL

We are always grateful to our primary colleagues for the transition work you do. To further facilitate this, we have put together a transition lesson. We hope that this will enhance your own offer. In our experience, the work Year 6 teachers do to support the move to secondary has a significant impact.

The PowerPoint contains three videos which have been embedded. The lesson revolves around change and discussion about developing resilience. The resources can be downloaded from the links below:

POWERPOINTS:

Transition to Secondary School KS2 STEPNEY ALL SAINTS part 1

Transition to Secondary School KS2 STEPNEY ALL SAINTS part 2

Transition to Secondary School KS2 STEPNEY ALL SAINTS part 3

VIDEOS:

CHANGES video part 1

CHANGES video part 2

CHANGES video part 3