Can you remember your first day of school? Whilst I don’t remember my first day at primary school, I do vividly remember my first day at middle school (I grew up in Dorset, we had a three-school system. I’ve since found out that’s odd) and my first day at Grammar School.
Middle School, I remember standing in my grey and blue uniform in our front garden while my mum took pictures she’d later present to me on my wedding day, watching as my twin sister went through the same prancing and posing, before we went off to two different schools (seriously, it was intentional).
Grammar School, reunited with my sister and we walked up the long driveway, far too warm because despite the Indian Summer the weatherman had promised us we’d opted for both a blazer and knitted jumper.
I don’t tell you these anecdotes from my yet-unnamed biography out of nostalgia. I tell you because, we all, in some way, remember those first day nerves - whether it’s a new school, university or job. The days leading up to it and the day of are fraught with sweaty palms and (usually irrational) fears. Not helped by siblings who tell tales of lessons in greenhouse style “glass rooms” (thanks to my older sister for that fear!) and awful school dinners.
If only there were something to help!
Enter Scripture Union’s two school-starters resources!
Designed to be used by parents, carers or children’s workers to help children make the transition to a new school.
It’s Your Next Step (replacing the similar product, Get Ready, Go!) is for under 5’s who are starting school for the first time in September. With a pull out section for the child to complete alongside the adult booklet, It's Your Next Step helps to promote healthy conversation about school and learning. It is ideal to give out to parents/carers at toddler groups, or within church children's group contexts.
Colourfully illustrated, and packed full of up to date information, It’s Your Next Step uses simple, easy-to-understand language that will ease the concerns of children and parents alike.
It’s Your Next Step is also available in packs of 5.
It’s Your Move! is for Year 6 children making the move from primary to secondary school. Research conducted by Scripture Union confirmed that the big change from primary to secondary school can be really stressful, as children come to terms with being the small fish in a much bigger pond. Updated in 2015, It features all-new real-life story profiles, articles and interactive elements.
Featuring a host of colourful characters, it's packed with wise advice and true stories of young people who have already taken that big step. It’s Your Next Move can be accompanied by a host of schools and church worker resources specially designed by Scripture Union.
June 22nd, 2017 - Posted & Written by Laura White