Moving up from Primary 7 to S1
March is generally the time for schools in Scotland to hold parents’ evenings and, especially for parents of children in primary 7, this is the ideal time to discuss with your child’s teacher exactly how your child is performing academically in class and how to help children make the transition from P7 to First year as smoothly as possible.
Developing? Consolidating? Secure?
Since Curriculum for Excellence was introduced in Scotland, parents will be familiar with the above terminology on report cards but do you understand exactly what these words mean and how your child is coping with school work in class? Make sure you take this time to ask about results of assessments undertaken and how these compare with others in the school and region. Are they in the top group for subjects? If not, ask what can be done to help.
Academically some children can be surprised when they move to First year and mix with students from other schools to find that they aren’t quite at the same level in English and Maths and this can lead to a lack of confidence and cause additional stress. At our 27 Kip McGrath centres in Scotland, we tutor thousands of children and find that this is the time when most parents realise their children have fallen behind and call for help.
Having spoken to your child’s teacher, if you have any concerns please book an assessment with one of our qualified teachers at your local Kip McGrath centre. This is FREE and we will be able to identify any areas of weakness or gaps in learning that may have developed and prepare an individual lesson plan focussed on your child’s needs. Kip McGrath Tuition Centres only employ qualified teachers who have experience of teaching in Scottish schools giving parents peace of mind. Our Primary and Secondary tutors teach children from age 5-18 up to Higher Grade English and Maths.
Tips for Parents to Help Children Cope with Move to Secondary School
Moving to a new school can be daunting for children emotionally and they will worry about fitting in, following timetables and will have much more reponsibility than ever before. It is never too early for parents to start helping children prepare for this huge transition and we have listed below some suggestions.
Be organised – children should get into the habit early preparing for the next school day. Ask them to look over their timetable and ensure that they are organised. Do they need gym kit, musical instruments or anything for special projects?
Homework – What are their homework projects for the week? Ask them to create a time plan to complete homework as early as possible and not have to rush at the last minute. Make sure they have a quiet place to work which is free of distractions.
Responsibility – Allowing your child now to take more responsibility will reap rewards in the future. Teach them how to be more independent and to prepare for school by themselves.
Talk about Fears – In a big new school children have to follow a timetable and find classes and may worry about being late or get lost. Teachers may be a bit stricter. Talk to your child about any fears they may have and discuss who can they go to in school if they are worried.
Making Friends – Your child may be in a class with none of their friends from primary school and may find it hard when their existing friends form new relationships. Try to teach your child to smile, learn others’ names, show an interest, ask questions, be inclusive to all students and encourage them to form new class friendships.