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Moving from primary school to secondary school is an exciting time of life, but for many children it can also be a daunting prospect. Some may be feeling anxious at the thought of starting their new school whilst others may be really eager. However, given that the transition will be different this year, due to the events of recent months, there may be more children who will be feeling more anxious than eager! Hopefully, this page will help you to support your child over the next few weeks and make the transition easier for them.
As you are aware, the usual transition day cannot take place this year and for many children, this will be disappointing. However, secondary schools are working really hard to ensure that other, alternative arrangements are in place. A member of staff from your child’s new school will contact you before the end of this term, if they haven’t already. They will introduce themselves and answer any questions that you might have. In addition, they will talk to your child and ease their worries too. Many schools are also providing virtual tours so that the children can see their new settings in more detail. We know this will be a great resource for them.
If you visit the website of your child’s new school, you will also see additional material to support them. For example, some schools have created welcome videos to introduce key members of staff to the children, some have set up a Google Classroom and shared resources on there, others have provided a brochure with key information in or sent letters home with further details. Please take the time to look through these with your child as they too will help to reduce their anxieties.
Please remember that each school will be doing things slightly differently and that is why it is important for you to access the information from the individual websites.
Here at St Robert Bellarmine, we want to ensure all of our pupils continue to have the support that they need from our staff. Over the next month, we will be providing activities, based on transition, that the children can complete at home and we will also be updating this page with additional supporting documents. It is important that your child completes these activities and we would appreciate it if you could discuss these with them too.
Remember, if you have any questions regarding transition, or if your child has any, please do not hesitate to get in touch via our class email.
Kooth is a completely free, safe and anonymous online support, advice and counselling platform for young people in Sefton aged 11-25.
Due to the usual transition activities having to be changed this year, some children may be feeling more anxious about starting their new secondary school in September. Other children may have additional worries that they find difficult to talk about. Therefore, Kooth can offer them the support and advice that they need in order to feel less anxious.
The video below explains exactly how Kooth can help young people and also explains how to use the service. If you feel like this is something that would help your child, please take the time to explore it with them.
As we always say when using online resources, please talk to your child about internet safety and the importance of keeping their passwords save and private.