What’s your memory of your first day at secondary school?
The towering Year-11s? The hundreds of people all round the place? The new teachers? The new buildings? Wondering how you’d find out where the toilet was?
Whether you were a confident or a scared 11-year-old, chances are that you were at least a bit apprehensive about starting this new phase of your life.
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.
That’s why we developed It’s Your Move, a brilliant book designed to help primary schools as they prepare their top year pupils for their move to secondary school. It’s packed with wise advice and true stories of young people who have already taken that big step.
Considering changes, choices and challenges
Now on its sixth edition since its publication in 2001, It’s Your Move has helped over a million children move on with confidence.
Great Open Door visits schools in the summer term with a Scripture Union initiative called “It’s Your Move”.
During the one hour lesson pupils are introduced to an Old Testament character like Joseph and consider the changes, choices and challenges they faced.
Then after looking at the secondary schools the pupils feed into we consider what they may be looking forward to or are concerned about as they face changing school.
The presenters close the lesson sharing a personal experience of how they handled a time of change. Finally, we offer the opportunity to share a specific prayer for moving onto secondary school.