Final term of year 6-how are you feeling?

(55 Posts)
gymboywalton Mon 21-Apr-14 13:59:18

it is really starting to hit me that this is it. we have been part of the primary school for ten years now and i can't believ that in 3 months i will never have cause to go there again.sad

luckily ds is very excited about the prospect of secondary school-i hope he continues to feel this way.

i am worried about him as he is an end of august birthday and while he is perfectly able academically, he is quite sensitive emotionally.

we have sats coming up of course too...[wibble]

MilkRunningOutAgain Mon 21-Apr-14 17:22:42

Think secondary will be good for DS who is getting a bit too big for his boots at primary, he's the third oldest in the school. And post SATS there appears to be mainly messing about planned, plus a trip away. Think far too much is made of the move to secondary nowadays, the kids in DS's class seem unsettled generally and very aware of how they will all be splitting up soon - between 3 schools for most of them. Actually looking forward to DS starting secondary as don't think he will settle to much until then. Although an autumn birthday DS is not at all mature, he's worried about SATS and secondary.

DoolallyMarjorie Mon 21-Apr-14 17:47:39

Nervous... Waiting for an appeal to try to get her into dd1's secondary school! She keeps getting stuff through from the school she's been allocated, and getting upset.. I haven't even really thought about the fact she's leaving!

teacherwith2kids Mon 21-Apr-14 17:47:41

I will be sad for me, because it will be the end of my association with a school I feel very warmly towards.

I can't be sad for DD. It's been great, and it continues to be fabulous, but she's ready for the next step. The Year 6s, though, will be splt between (mainly) 2 schools, and as DD lives in a sluightly different direction to most of her friends, this is a great parting of the ways. I think the loss of friends will mean much more to her than the move of school.

KnappShappeyShipwright Mon 21-Apr-14 17:49:27

DS is my second child and I'm actually more anxious about him going to secondary than I was when DD1 went two years ago - he's just so little and incredibly gullible! On the other hand, he has made massive progress academically over the last 3 months so I'm less worried about that aspect than I was. I'm comforted by seeing even the most immature boys in DD1's year becoming young men and taking it all in their stride.

Pagwatch Mon 21-Apr-14 17:49:31

I'm really looking forward to it.
Dd is the oldest in her year and has kind of outgrown the school now.
She is my last child but it's fine. She is ready to move on.

gymboywalton Mon 21-Apr-14 18:04:00

really interesting that you have stuff through from the secondary school already doolally-we have had nothing. not worried about that though as ds is going to the same school as his big brother so we are familiar with things already.

Deecam18 Mon 21-Apr-14 18:04:08

DD can't wait to leave primary she complains that they are not learning anything new because of sats. I am surprised how mature she has become this term since she has started going and coming home from school by herself and I think she will settle well at secondary (fingers crossed) as she does know a few girls in the years above and her best friends will be moving with her. I will be a complete mess at her leavers assembley and as they are the last of the school's single form it will be an end of an era for the school.

She is waiting for the letter from the secondary about transtion day as she as wants her school lanyard.

It is a big thing for me, oldest DS to move to big school!

He is cool about it though, looking forward to it and also determined to have lots of fun this term.

JonesRipley Mon 21-Apr-14 18:13:24

I'm looking forward to it. I've enjoyed mine more and more as they've got older. I have loved seeing my older one at Secondary - many parents I know agree that you don't know what they are capable of until they gain that new independence.

Once SATs are over they will be able to relax and have a lot of fun. And if your DD is worried about SATs please just remind her that they are not for her benefit and that plenty of children do fairly unspectacularly in them and then shine later on.

I also agree that some DC are a little smartarsey in year 6 as they are feeling both big and a little scared about the future..Many of them settle down a bit at Secondary

JonesRipley Mon 21-Apr-14 18:13:57

Sorry DS

OddBoots Mon 21-Apr-14 18:17:48

My dd is in y6, her brother is in y10 at the school she will go to and as they had separate infant and junior schools this will be the first time they are at the same school (for only year - no sixth form).

dd is ready for it, her only worry is the risk of getting lost as it's huge school.

boys3 Mon 21-Apr-14 18:30:19

DS3 in y6 now and looking forward to secondary school in September. Not totally convinced that DS2 who will be in Y10 come September at the same school is as thrilled. Not sure they'll be walking in together much beyond the end of the close.

I'm fairly optimistic about the transition - the only slight worry is that DS1 is off to Uni at start October (grades permitting), and I think DS3 will miss him. How that will impact, if at all, on his starting secondary school remains to be seen.

OutInAllWeathers Mon 21-Apr-14 20:40:56

I feel quite sad at the thought of DS moving on. Not because he's not ready, just because he's growing up! I know that sounds a bit silly but his primary years have flown by and I don't feel quite ready yet!

weatherall Mon 21-Apr-14 20:46:35

It's my DS's last term of PS too. I think high school will be good for him. Agree with others that he has outgrown the one teacher one class routine of PS. There will be 300 in his new year so lots of opportunities to make new friends and join in more clubs. I think in probably as excited as him!

Zingy123 Mon 21-Apr-14 20:48:04

Still waiting on waiting list and appealing for our 1st choice. Accepted 3rd choice but had no response from them.

I still have a younger Dd so will still be at the school.

Last term sounds very jam packed with sats, confirmation, choir concert, music concert, class assembly, joint assembly with other class, disco and limo and meal out on the last day.

My Dd has really grown up since September but she is still so shy and struggles to make friends.

Am sure there will be tears all round on the last day.

pointythings Mon 21-Apr-14 20:48:21

DD2 is really looking forward to it, she is past ready. For the first time in 4 years she and DD1 will be at school on the same site and DD1 has already said she will help (but not hand-hold, which is fine).

I'm fed up with the SATs circus now, counting down to that is the main thing in our household.

OublietteBravo Mon 21-Apr-14 20:59:12

We have a 3 tier system here, so have to say goodbye to the lower school at the end of year 4. DD left last year, DS leaves this year. I'm going to be very sad - they were both really happy there. I hope DS will make new friends once he moves - he is making the transition from state to private school, so none of his current friends are going to his new school.

Slackgardener Mon 21-Apr-14 22:46:12

Glad to see the end of the year 6 Sats nonsense, it's put me right off the school and their bullshit about putting the kids first. Time to move on!

RaisinBoys Mon 21-Apr-14 23:40:37

I have a very late august DS too gymboy. He seems to be looking forward to the next step so here's hoping all will be just great.

No friends going with him. 60 children in the year going to 23 different schools!! That's London schooling for you.

junkfoodaddict Tue 22-Apr-14 07:54:30

23 different schools???? Crikey! I think we have that number of high schools in my county!!!
Obviously not all in your primary school's catchment area!

sassytheFIRST Tue 22-Apr-14 08:02:04

Dd is ready. So am I though will still have 1 in year 5 so still doing the primary school thing for another 2 years.

Looking forward to dd being a bit more challenged, getting herself out to school in the mornings and being tireder - she is regularly still awake at 10pm cos she just isn't tired enough!

CPtart Tue 22-Apr-14 08:09:26

Quite emotional really, but will be glad when all the SATS are over and out the way. It's a shame their last year at primary is bogged down with constant testing and revision.
All the year 6 are going to the same secondary so I'm not too worried about the transition. He is more than ready.
Still has Ds2 at primary so not lost that link yet.

gymboywalton Tue 22-Apr-14 09:08:29

we are quite lucky really because the school are quite low key about the sats-there hasn't been a huge amount of practise testing etc
they have still been learning lots of new stuff and doing lots of creative learning which the school excels at.

slackcabbage Tue 22-Apr-14 09:16:30

So glad you started this thread gymboy I'm already feeling wobbly at the prospect of dd leaving primary school and she has only started the final term of year 5!!

We are expats and the school system here is tough going (dd is being educated in two languages other than her native English lang) so it is not all plain sailing by any means, but the school has been a real 'cocoon' for us and (despite difficulties) we feel very supported by it and like teacherwithf2kids I feel very warmly towards it. It's going to be a huge change when she hits secondary.

Very cheered by all the posters on here saying their dc are ready to move on though!

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