Here we go again. Year 6. The emotional rollercoaster. The year that starts with applying for secondary school and the grammar school entrance exam (well, for us anyway) and ends with SATs, the residential school trip and the emotion of the leavers’ assembly.
Year 6 is a funny time. It does strange things to kids.
Suddenly they are big fish in a small pond. They grow, both metaphorically and in reality, to fit the ‘big shoes’ of the just departed year 7s. They rule the school now and parents will know it. Mostly this is a good thing – kids will grow in confidence. They feel happy and comfortable at school, they have good friends and they know the teachers well. Sometimes, unfortunately, they will become a bit cocky (don’t forget those hormones aren’t too far away now either!).
No sooner have they settled in to the idea of being the oldest in their school than it’s time to think about their next school. Open days and open evenings for secondary schools start right at the beginning of term. It’s scary to think that the choices we make now (or, more specifically the school which we are allocated) will affect our family for seven years. You fill in the form in October and then it’s a long wait until March and the big decision. Hopefully it’ll be a massive high, but it can so easily be a low and the start of a lot of stress with appeals and lots of waiting.
All through year 6, so much is focused on SATs. The school wants the kids to do well, the kids themselves want to do well and the parents want them to do well. It can be a stressful time for everyone.
The year 6 rollercoaster comes crashing down on the very last day of school. It’s time for your child to move on. They will be leaving behind the school they’ve known for seven years, their teachers and, most likely, some of their friends. It’s an emotional day for everyone (most parents will shed a tear too).
Year 6 is usually a fun and exciting year, but it can be challenging too. I can’t believe that at the end of it my little boy will be all grown up and ready for secondary school.
(We’re also facing year 9 and options this year, as well as year 4, which may possibly be the least important year at primary school. Although that’s not for me to say!)
My lovely boys six years ago, when my younger son started school