When a young person starts secondary school, it can be a stressful time for them and their family. Watch the video to learn about supporting your child changing schools and develop your listening skills, vocabulary and pronunciation as you complete the activities.


Task 1 - comprehension

Task 2 - vocabulary

Task 3 - word stress

All the adjectives in this task come from the video called 'Helping your child stay connected with their culture'.

Practise saying the words. How many syllables does each one have and where is the main stress?

For example, in the word ‘adjective’, there are three syllables and the main stress is on the first syllable.

This can be shown like this: Ooo (adjective)

Task 4 - summary


I was quite nervous about it but then when I found out who I had in my class I realised that it wasn’t going to be too bad because I had, like, quite a few people to talk to.

Yeah, I was nervous but, I was, I arranged to meet with my mates so that I wouldn’t be going in on my own, so that helped.

The transition from primary to secondary school can be quite a nervous time. It’s also a very exciting time so when I talk to the year sixes when they are in their primary schools they are all looking forward to making that next step.

I was really nervous because I got put in a class where I only knew one person and that person wasn’t my best friend but we was at least still friends.

It’s quite often the parents that do actually show the most anxiety and a great deal of time’s spent reassuring parents that actually it’s ok to feel worried and nervous but, you know, it’s also an exciting time for their young people.

How can parents help their child change schools?

I was excited because I knew I was going to meet new people and have new subjects to learn.

It is about talking, it’s about reassuring their youngster that yes it is a big change, it’s a great opportunity to meet new people, to meet new teachers and to have the challenge of a secondary education.

How can parents help their child when changing schools half way through term?

When they said I was gonna move, I was happy because I was moving to a different school, but I was really nervous because I only knew two or three people here so it was very nerve-wracking for me.

If a child moves mid-term, as a parent, even if you are really anxious about that process, that you need to keep that to yourself and not to pass that anxiety on to your child. It’s about having that conversation at tea-time, about being prepared, checking what equipment was needed and making it fun.

What can parents do if their child is having trouble at their new school?

If your child comes home saying that they are, you know, upset or worried about their friendships, again I think it’s very important that you talk first and I think it’s important as a parent that you still focus on what new friends the child has made and introduce the idea perhaps their new friends could come round for tea or come round after school or share some homework with each other. However, if the situation continues and the child continues to be upset, I would advise a parent then to contact the school.

Don’t let your worries get the better of you. Make getting ready for new school fun. If your child has problems, talk to the school. 



  • Has your child started secondary school yet? How did you feel?

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