On Tuesday 21st June our Year 6 students experienced just this. They spent a day at Secondary school and were introduced to all of the aspects they have to look forward to next year. Our in-school students experienced plant dissection, school tours, and drama lessons – whilst our online students enjoyed science at home, descriptive writing scavenger hunts and learning about the history of the earth through toilet paper!
It is understandable that students may feel apprehensive about their transition to Secondary school. Here are a few key qualities that we hope to see from our Year 7 students:
Independence: In Secondary school, students are expected to learn to follow their individual timetables, and to know which classroom they are supposed to be in at what time. This can be nerve-wracking, since our Primary students often spend their time in one classroom. However, I can assure you that this skill will be picked up in no time! Ask your friends or a teacher to help you if you do not know the location of your lessons – we are more than happy to help!
Organisational skills: Secondary students are responsible for their own equipment, exercise books and laptops. A useful tip is to pack your bag the night before school, to ensure you have everything you need. All students will have a locker to help them keep their things organised.
Embrace the opportunities: Say yes to events, clubs, and activities! Students will experience so many new things during Secondary school, and it is important to immerse yourself in these valuable opportunities. You may find a new skill you never knew you had, or make a new friend at a club. Saying yes will help your transitional experience to be as exciting and engaging as possible.