The kiddies started year 1 in September and it has been a smooth transition into the new school year. They like their teachers and they are getting on with all their classmates, which is great. I wasn’t really worried about them transitioning from reception to year 1. They are November babies, which makes them some of the oldest in the class, and I felt they were more than ready for year 1. So far so good, year 1 has been brilliant. It is a lot of work compared to reception, but the twins are quite academic, and they had some settling in sessions before the end of the summer term. So they already knew what to expect in year 1.
Reception to year 1 transition tips
Here are some ways you and your child cam smoothly transition from reception to year 1 in primary school –
Talk about it
For me and my kids talking helps us with everything. The lines of communication are always open, and I think that helps a lot when dealing with changes likes moving from the foundation stage in reception to key stage 1 in year 1 primary school. It is normal to be a bit anxious when changes happen and us talking about it before the school year starts helped the twins go into year 1 confident and ready.
Settling in sessions
The primary school the twins go to had settling in sessions for the whole school at the end of the summer term. Every child spent a few days in their new class and that helped them have a feel of what was coming in September. The kids got to meet their new teachers and got an idea of what was expected of them in their new class. Settling in sessions are great and I am thankful our school has this in place to ensure the children have a smooth transition into their new classes.
Get the children ready
The school has done their own part with the settling in sessions, we parents have to do ours. Getting the children ready for their new class can be done easily over the summer holidays. There’s plenty of time to have a look at what is to come in the new class year and get the children to start practising some school work. Even if this is done for a few minutes every week, it will help the child massively, especially if the move is from reception (which is pretty laid back informal education), to year 1 (which is a lot more formal and serious).
Play down your anxieties
It is normal for parents to be anxious about their children starting a new school year, especially year 1. Our children are forever our babies and many of them are only still 5 years old when year 1 starts. It is easy to get worried about the changes and how our children will cope with them, but we need to be careful our anxieties don’t rub off on our children. Using positive words and affirmations help. Also, being involved with our children’s school work is super helpful. I like knowing what the twins have been up to at school and what they are learning in the class. Attending parent-teacher meetings also help me stay on top of their school work, which keep the worries away.
How is your child settling in the new school year? What do you think of these reception to year 1 transition tips?