Switching from primary to secondary school is stressful for parents and children alike. In primary school, children learn to understand and use basic concepts and successfully communicate with peers and teachers.
However, students can experience a shock in lower secondary school where they are faced with twice as many subjects and complex concepts they are required to grasp. So, it is important for both students and parents to be prepared for this change; to make it as smooth and constructive as possible with a balanced curriculum so as to help students master the content.
Children’s cognitive development in lower secondary school (10–11 years) is such that their potential is still scattered and heterogeneous. Although primary school partially helps students manage this transition, secondary school actually has a dominant influence on children’s capacities due to the higher academic expectations set before students.