Starting secondary school

Home learning focus

Learn about the transition from primary to secondary school

This lesson includes:

  • two videos about the differences pupils will encounter in a new larger school

  • a practice activity to help your child think about the change of schools


What is life like in the first year at secondary school?

Follow Alfie through a typical day in Year 7 from when he gets up in the morning to what happens during the school day.

The video includes tips about having the correct equipment for a school day and the opportunities to get involved in after school activities and clubs.

Follow Alfie through a typical day

This video looks at one of the main differences between primary and secondary schools - the size of the school.

Getting lost is one of a child's main concerns when starting a new secondary school.

In this video students from CBBC’s Our School, talk about how they got used to the size of their new school and offer tips on finding your way round.

Tips on finding your way round a new school


Now your child has watched the video clips they can think about some of the tips they will have learnt.


Your child can think about some of the tips they learnt from watching the video clips.

Ask them to make a checklist of things they think they would need for a school day.

Ask them to think about and plan the things they might need to get ahead of starting at a new school this could include stationery, a planner, a calculator etc.

They can also think about and write down the tips they learnt about how to find their way around a new school.

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