Year 6

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!)

School, Boys, Brothers, Sons, Starting school, Primary school

My lovely boys six years ago, when my younger son started school

 

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Ahh I hope it’s a brilliant year 6. We never had Sats when I was there and it was still a challenging year. Hopefully he will do brilliantly in both SATs and the grammar ones x

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    • Thanks very much! We didn’t have SATs either, but I remember how hard we worked that year. x

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    • Thanks very much 🙂 They were very cute in those days!

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  2. My girl finished year 6 in July and it seems such a long time ago and the SATS were not as bad as they were built up to be….lol
    Good luck for year 6…..It is so emotional! x

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    • Thanks very much! I remember the tears from last time around. They work the kids hard with the SATs, but I don’t remember them being too stressful for my eldest.

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  3. Oh my goodness Sarah, you are really going through the school churn!
    I’m sure one day we’ll look back on these years and pine for them. But I agree with you about the whole Year 6 thing. Hard work, stressful, challenging. It was slightly different for us as we have a 3-tier system so Year 6 is the second year of middle school and they’re there until Year 8.
    Honestly these kids will be the death of us!

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    • You’re right! We will look back and miss it one day. My BIL teaches in an area with middle schools and he says his year 4s get the year 6 cockiness as they’re in their last year at primary school!

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  4. Beautiful children Sarah.
    I have had one child do year 6 and seen that cockiness setting in.
    My 10 year old is not going into Year 6 – I am embarking on the home education system so she will miss out on the pressure of SATS amongst other things.
    All the best supporting yours through their next adventures

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    • Thanks very much, they are quite cute! (Well, they were six years ago!)
      Good luck to you with your home education journey. I really hope it works out well for you both.

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  5. i am shuddering at the memory of that emotional rollercoaster, and you know it will be here in a flash Our babies are growing up and I dont mind telling you that I dont like it.

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    • Thanks very much, I don’t like it either! I’d just like it all to slow down a bit, please!

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  6. I’ve got a welcome break from year 6 this year but I know it won’t be far behind for my boy – cannot ever imagine him leaving primary school! My daughters didn’t get particularly ‘cocky’ I have a feeling that could be a ‘boy thing’ but I may be wrong. We will see…..

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    • I can’t imagine my daughter ever leaving either! I’m hoping my younger son won’t be cocky either, but we’ll see what happens!

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    • Thanks very much 🙂 x

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    • Thanks very much 🙂 x

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  7. Year 6 for us again too. I’m trying not to think about October- applying for secondary school sounds so final when saying Goodbye to Juniors : ( lots of tears ahead this year x

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    • There definitely will be! I can’t believe my son came home today (his very first day back) with all the details on applying for his secondary school place – the process is open already! x

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  8. My money was on year 5 being the best year ever. independent and no SATs! Stressful this growing up lark isn’t it! Really enjoyed reading that post. Thanks

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    • Thanks very much, really appreciate that. You’re probably right about year 5!

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  9. Max has also just started year 6, but is all different here so he is on his second year of middle school and has two years to go before moving again- still confuses me after ten years of living with this system as I was like your kids, I went to senior school at the end of what would now be called year 6 too! Still have a residential trip this year though, and I assume SATS too if your boy has – am a hopeless parent, had forgotten that- mind you Max is bright so I don’t really worry about stats, he struggles more with the day to day stuff, being expected to be organised for example!

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    • It must be weird having the middle school system. My BIL teaches year 4 at middle school and he says they have the same attitude years 6s would have at any other school. Max sounds a bit like my eldest – he struggles with organisation too!

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  10. My last one is just entering Year 4 but for us it’s a pretty important year as we have the middle school system here so he will be leaving for big school at the end of it! This is my last one in First School and, after 13 years of it, I shall be very sad when it comes to an end. I’m going to make the most of all the lovely bits like Harvest Festival and the Spring Fair while I can!

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    • Enjoy! I will be very sad when it’s finally time for my daughter to leave primary school. Things are never quite the same once they’ve moved on from primary.

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  11. Year 6 seems such a long way off for us who have just started year 2 but I know it’ll be here in a flash.
    Very best of luck for the coming year

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    • Thanks very much. It’s scary how quickly it’s come round for my younger son.

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  12. Hope all goes well 🙂 my son has just gone to secondary school 4 miles away but luckily his older brother is still there…

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    • That’s really nice. I don’t think any of my kids will be at the same school. There’s an outside chance my daughter might go to the same school as my eldest.

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  13. As you know, we have been through the mill this year with everyone leaving and starting school. It is a worrying time and so stressful for us parents. We have the middle schools so everything starts earlier here. R has settled in well at his new school and now we have the transfer forms for L to move schools next September and we are having the grammar school conversations again about him. It is such a roller coaster and some times I would love to slow it down a bit.

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    • It is a roller coaster! It’s bad enough with two schools, but throw middle schools into the equation and it’s constant change. I’m glad I had a three year gap between my two boys changing schools so I could recover!

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  14. Ahh bless I am loving all the back to school post and about the kids first starting or the big kids going to the big schools. Buba starts next year and before I know it it will be year 6 and 10 then college and ahhh it goes too fast for me. Love the photo. Such a beautiful post of your year 6. I hope he enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round! #sharewithme

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