Activities/Tips for Parents/Carers
Each week we will be sending home a tip and/or activity for you to discuss/complete with your son/daughter to support their move to Secondary School.
Week Beginning 20/04/2020
It may not be decided which school your son/daughter will be attending in September due to various appeals etc. but it is highly recommended that you look through the tips each week as the majority of activities/advice are generally suitable for all schools.
It is more important than ever to support your son/daughter through this, as they will not be able to complete these discussions with their teacher at school.
- If you haven't already done so, think about how you can help your child to be more independent: at home, do they put clothes away/complete simple jobs making their own bed or sandwiches/ make hot drinks etc.
- Questioning - Activity for Red and Green Questions
- Ask who else is going to the same school and encourage friendships: can they have an online chat with some? - These may not be the children your child usually socialises with but it is always good to have a familiar face in the first few weeks. Remind your child that they will make new friends when they start their new school.
- Complete the Pupil Questionnaire. Follow the link at the top of this page and answer the questions
- p8 Activity: Going to secondary School - How do you feel? Use two different coloured pens to 'sort' the things you are worried about, and those you are confident with.
Week Beginning 27/04/2020
Home learning for this week:
· Pupils walk their route to school as part of their daily exercise (if this is appropriate)
· Pupils plan their routes to school using Google Earth, Google Maps or other Apps such as Waze
· Pupils could download the Arriva app to become familiar with it.
Travel planning – How will your child get to and from school every day?
· Can you incorporate/practise the journey as part of your daily exercise whilst you are at home?
· Alternatively, if your son/daughter will be using transport, can you use Google Earth, Google Maps or other apps to see where the bus stops (etc.) are? You could plan your journey?
· Can they read a bus timetable?
· Do they have access to the Arriva Bus App which gives them up to date information about the buses they may need to use.?
- How will you be travelling to school? If you are going by bus, have you got access to the Arriva App? Consider downloading this if not. Can you use Google Maps/Earth to plan your journey?
Week Beginning 04/05/2020
Support your son/daughter in acessing their secondary school's website. This may also be a good opportunity for you to have a look at the policies, practices and procedures such as timings, uniform and behaviour expectations etc. Hopefully your child's Secondary school will be arranging an event for you to be able to ask questions; perhaps you could start to think about any queries you mey have? Talk through the information your son/daughter has found out - do they have any concerns? Are they pleased/disappointed with anything?
Have you accessed your new school's website? Have a look through pages 3-6 of the booklet: use the website to answer some of these questions. Talk through with someone at home - this could be with an older sibling who attends/attended the school - What are their experiences?
Week Beginning 11/05/2020
Tip/Activity for Home
Activity: How to read a school timetable
Is there an example of a school timetable on the school website? If not there is an examplar in the booklet. What equipment/resources would your child need to take into school on specific days? Could your child organise independently? Start to instil in your son/daughter that there are ususally consequences at secondary schools for students that do not have the correct equipment/resources.
Pupil Activity: How to read a school timetable p12-13 in your Transition Book
Week Beginning 18/05/2020
Activity: Eating Healthily/Managing you Money
Your child's new school will have a pre-paid system for paying for their lunches/snacks. Could you child be responsible for this? During this time at home, could you set up a similar system, for them to pay for snacks/lunches? I.e. allocate a certain amount per day, put prices on the snacks/drinks in your cupboards/fridges for your son/daughter to pay for them. This will help with getting them used to budgeting and perhaps prevent constant snacking!?! Is your child able to plan for healthy options?
Activity: Pg 14-15. Key skills for Secondary school - Eating Healthily/managing your money
Is it easy/difficult to keep to budget? Do you choose healthy/unhealthy items? Your parents/carers may also be suggesting a daily/weekly budget for you to purchase items at home
Week Beginning 01/06/2020
Discuss with your child problem solving ideas - "What would you do if.........?"
Who would you ask for help if you were unsure about something? Talk about how you have asked people to help in different situations, emphasise that everyone needs help sometimes!
Activity: Managing Situations - Page 17
Key Skills for Secondary School
What should I do if.....?
Useful phrases - 'I'm lost'; 'I'm sorry i'm late'; 'Please could you help me?'; 'Who should I ask/tell about......?'; 'Where would I find......?'
Week Beginning 08/06/2020
Activity: My Journey to School
Discuss with your child various scenarios about their journey to school
- Will the need a Bus/Train pass? - How they will be used, need to keep safe; what to do if the pass is lost/what to do if they miss the stop/what to do if the bus/train doesn't come or is full; who to tell if they or someone else is being bullied on the transport.
- What is their walking journey like? Road safety?????? Will they be walking with friends/siblings?
- Cycling - Road safety? Locking their bike? What will be their route?
- If they are meeting you after school- Do the know where and how to get there?
Work with your child to see how confident he/she is at planning their journey to school. Can they remember their journey previously discussed in week 1?
Activity: My Journey to School - Page 11
Key Skills for Secondary School
Travel passes- how to use, need to keep safe; what to do if the pass is lost/what to do if you miss the stop/what to do if the bus/train doesn't come or is full up/who to tell if you or someone else is being bullied?
How long did the journey take?
What time will you need to leave your house to make sure you arrive at school on time?
How will you get home?
What about the timings of you return journey?
Week Beginning 15/06/2020
Activity: Time Planning and Morning Routine p9-10
Can the pupils plan their morning routine? What tasks do they need to perform daily? What tasks do they need to be reminded to do and what do they do independently?
Think about what else your child could do more independently - so they know how to cross roads safely? Do they need to be able to tie a tie? Tie shoe laces? Can they make simple meals? If not now is the time to start teaching them!
Activity: Pages 9-10 Key Skills for Secondary school - Mourning routines and time planning
Week Beginning 22/06/2020
Tips for parents/carers:
Start to talk to your child about how they are feeling about leaving Primary school. Some children at home may feel like they have already left. Would your son/daughter like to say goodbye to any staff - perhaps help them to make cards? Who are they grateful for meeting? What are they grateful for experiencing? Who and what are they going to miss about Primary School? Although this seems a few weeks off, it may be better for some children to start thinking about saying their goodbyes little by little.
Week Beginning 29/06/2020
Allow plenty of opportunities for your child to talk about their feelings about not returning to their primary school and the new challenges that lay ahead.
Write/draw or simply discuss any good and/or bad memories that they have about their time in Primary. Any favourite lessons/activities? Can you share any memories from your own primary school?
Does your child feel ready to move on? If not, what can you do to support?
Make sure that you acknowledge all their feelings – they may change their mind day to day (or even hour to hour!?!) – they may have been at their primary school since YR so could be understandably very sad (or happy!!!) to be leaving.
If they haven’t returned to school, would they like to when it is safe/convenient? Perhaps discuss with your child’s school – could your child write a letter to their school to ask?