Making the transition: From Primary to Secondary School

Transitioning from primary school to secondary school takes a bit of adjustment, but it’s manageable. There are some differences between the levels. In this blog post we will be discussing what changes your child will be getting used to when they go from sixth class to first year in secondary school.

1. Oldest to youngest

In sixth class, your child is in the group of the oldest students in the school. By this point, they are used to how everything works at the school. They know where things are and who the teachers and staff are.

Primary schools are also smaller than secondary schools, so the students will know each other very well, especially if they went to the same school for all those years.

Once they get to secondary school, there will be a bunch of new students from other schools they have never met before. The school will be larger and they will be the youngest group in the school.

Children will easily be able to get used to this because they are not alone in the situation, all the children in their year are in the same position.

2. Changing school day

In primary school, students usually have one teacher for English, Irish, Maths, Science, and History. But in secondary school, students can be taking 8 or 9 subjects and having different teachers for each of them. Class schedules can also rotate day by day so they may not necessarily be taken at the same time every day.

Class periods are usually less than an hour long and this means that there may not be enough time to answer every question.

Having to change classes is a new routine, but it will be easy for them to get used to, as all their classmates will be changing classes too. It’s a good idea for your kid to keep a class schedule in their notebook or planner so they can stay organised.

Taking all those subjects helps your child figure out what they want to do for Leaving Cert. However, it’s important to consider entry requirements for degree programmes.

3. More homework and revision

Because there are more subjects in secondary school, this means your child will get more homework. Some subjects will have more homework than others and assignments can vary. These assignments can include: worksheets, essays, projects, presentations, reading, or practical assignments.

Not only that, but there will be more tests and quizzes, so that means your child will have to revise for those assessments, so it’s important to figure out soon what study habits work the best.

It’s important for your child to get into a homework routine, stay on top of due dates, and set up a distraction free area at home or find a distraction free place to do homework and revision. Sometimes schools offer study hall or the school library is open during lunch. It’s good for students to take advantage of any downtime at school so there’s more time to relax at home.

How we can help

At Castleisland Tuition Centre, we offer primary school grinds to help students build a solid foundation and increase confidence to make the transition from sixth class to first year easier.

Our classes are small and we also offer one to one tutoring for those who need extra attention or more personalised lessons. Our classrooms are safe, distraction free zones for learning. Our rates are reasonable and we have many happy students and parents.

Feel free to contact us if you want more information about our classes or to enrol your child into our classes.

Thank you!

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