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The Transition From Primary To Secondary School (Part 2)


Helping Your Child To Understand Common Challenges

During the transition from primary to secondary school, your child will experience a multitude of challenges alongside a host of changes, including puberty. Your child will have to leave behind the routine primary school life, the familiar teachers and the friends with whom he or she has grown up with. Embarking on a new phase of life comes with excitement as well as its challenges. The very first challenge comes on the first day of school when your child has to meet new people. We have to understand that not everyone of us is a social butterfly. Getting to know people for the first time can be an ordeal for some of us, including adults, who suffer from varying degrees of social anxiety. Parents can prepare their child for the ice-breaking phase when meeting new friends in a totally new environment by having sessions of pretend play in which parents can act as new friends. The child can practise approaching the “new friends” and start getting to know them. Another challenge of secondary school life is the learning of new rules and expectations. Teachers will expect a more responsible and mature behaviour in the students. There are other expectations relating to academic matters too. In fact, Secondary 1 students should already be well-acquainted with academic expectations since preparations for the PSLE started a few years prior. They should be able to recollect the times spent practising on materials like Singapore P5 test paper in their upper primary levels. With the introduction of new subjects in Secondary 1, students might face a higher level of stress. Parents can reassure their child that with consistent effort and hard work, good results can be achieved. After all, with much experience in preparing for the PSLE with P6 exam papers in the past year, coping with examinations has already become part and parcel of a student’s life. Parents just have to encourage their child to keep an open mind to learn new subjects.


Making Time To Communicate With Your Child

Other than lending a helping hand in the preparation for the start of secondary school, parents can also lend a listening ear as and when the need arises. With new challenges come anxiety and uncertainty. This is a good time for parents to provide their child with emotional support, thereby building trust and strengthening relationships in the process. Parents can ask their child to share about their days in school. It is important to listen without judging or prying too much. Parents can ask questions about their child’s school facilities, new friends or new teachers. Communication is also about finding out the child’s expectations of the new school. For example, if a child is academically inclined, he or she may have high expectations of exam results. Parents can encourage their children to pursue their aims by putting in consistent effort in their work. Just like in primary school, students who want to excel in Mathematics practise diligently on Primary 6 Maths questions in Singapore, the same can be done in secondary school subjects with the whole range of assessment books and resources available.


Supporting Your Child’s Interests And Development

During the teenage years, children may start to yearn for more independence. They may have their own thoughts of their paths ahead and what they want to achieve. It is good for parents to allow them to explore their interests and give them more freedom to express themselves and form their identities. Parents still play a pivotal role at this stage in helping their children to navigate their paths. From time to time, a child may need advice on how to manage friendship issues and academic matters. Apart from these, a child may start forming ideas of his or her dream job in the near future. For example, a child who aspires to be a scientist or an engineer will need to take Science subjects like Physics in upper secondary levels. In secondary levels, students will realise that primary levels PSLE Science questions in Singapore provide the basic foundation, and there are more advanced Science topics as they progress on. Parents can provide encouragement for their child and support them in attaining their academic goals.

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