How you can support your child through Year 7

The beginning of the school day can be a rush for everyone and your child will need to be far more organised now they are at Secondary School. Establishing a routine in the morning and evening will help the day start smoothly and with ensure they are prepared for a day of learning.

Our Top Tips:

  • Encourage your child to pack their school bag and lay out their uniform before going to bed each evening
  • Try to make sure your child eats breakfast – this provides essential energy and will help him or her to concentrate and perform better at school
  • Allow plenty of time for your child to get to school – build extra time into your morning routine so that if there is transport or other problems he or she won’t be late
  • Check each evening for letters home or homework in their diaries to sign as this will help avoid early morning panic and items being forgotten and sign the diaries weekly
  • 45 to 90 minutes a day is a rough guide to how long a Year 7 student should be spending on homework. Please support them with when you and encourage them to manage their time effectively at home to ensure deadlines are met
  • Use the school website curriculum guides to find out what your child is studying in each subject

Your child will need to work more independently at secondary school nevertheless your enthusiasm, interest and input is still as important and will help your child to thrive and succeed.

We have found that our students enjoy sharing what they are learning so please look for opportunities to talk to your child about schoolwork. You may not be reading with your child as you did at primary school but you can still support good reading habits. You could talk to your child about the books you’re both reading and even visit the library together. Also if you’re planning a day out, why not visit a free museum or gallery that will tie in with work your child is doing in subjects such as Art, English, History, Geography or Science – this can be a fun way to add depth and interest to your child’s learning.

Year 7 recommended reading
Sunita’s Secret by Narinder Dharmi Grk and the Perlotti Gang by Joshua Doder I Coriander by Sally Gardiner
The Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson Killer Underpants by Michael Lawrence Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
Eragon by Christopher Paolini Saffy’s Angel by Hilary MacKay Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah

Support Guides

Links to Mental Health Support Websites for Students

Childline 1-2-1 counsellor chat