Schools in Scotland will do everything possible in Primary 7 to make this transition as smooth as possible. Quite often teachers from the High School will visit P7 classes to talk about what to expect and schools arrange visits to the High School to give students a chance to know what to expect.
Schools vary from region to region on how they decide to create classes and most do try to accommodate friend associations. The classes at the start of S1 are usually mixed ability. Often they stay this way but in some subjects, particularly mathematics, children move after a few weeks, following assessments, to be put in classes with their academic peers.
Whilst it can be a very daunting time, it is also a time of new opportunities and exciting new subjects for children to look forward to like practical Science experiments, Art, History, learning new sports (hockey, rugby, a wider range of athletics) as well as learning to cook and children should be able to delight and embrace these new subjects without worrying about the core subjects of mathematics and English.
Is My Child Ready for High School Academically?
It is important to ask your child's teacher at Parents' Evening exactly what level your child is working at and whether you can do anything else to make sure your son or daughter is ready for High School. The old A-F levels have been replaced by levels 1 and 2 in primary.
In particular, mathematics can move at a fast pace in S1 and it is important to have a sound knowledge of basic mathematics principles such as fractions, decimals, percentages, negative numbers and problem solving skills. Learning mathematics is like building a wall from bricks. If gaps in learning mathematics concepts have formed in earlier years, it is very difficult for children to move on in Secondary school and fully understand factors and equations.
How Can Kip McGrath Help Primary Seven Students?
If you would like to know whether your child is ready for S1, arrange a FREE educational assessment at one of our centres. As qualified teachers and experienced in the Scottish curriculum, we can advise you honestly at which level your child is currently working at and whether any gaps in learning have formed. Although our normal tuition specialises in a particular subject (English or Maths), for P7 students, many of our centres offer a 'Get ready for High School' programme which will cover a mixture of mathematics and English to prepare for High School. Contact your local centre for details.