8 Ways Primary and Secondary School are Different in Learning

High school and primary school are pretty different - but don't worry, moving up to secondary school isn't as daunting as it might seem! We have a fun look at some of the key changes you'll notice.

1) Your favourite sport


Primary: A fun day means getting the parachute out in gym
Secondary: A fun PE day is playing rounders (it sure beats cross country)

2) Your learning buddies

Primary: Leaning, living and laughing with the same 30 people in your class for seven years
Secondary: Lots of classes, lots of rooms, lots of people!

3) Rainy playtime 

Primary: The disappointment at being told it was a rainy playtime and you had to stay indoors
Secondary: Wishing there was such a thing as 'rainy playtime' while searching for shelter outside

4) Treats on the last day


Primary: No lessons, just a full day of games and toys.
Hoping the teacher will bring in sweets to make your algebra class a little bit sweeter 

5) Lunchtime!

Primary: Bringing in a packed lunch, in your funky new lunchbox
Secondary: Getting to explore the local shops, cafes and of course, the van

6) Workload


Primary: Homework was mainly spelling and times tables
Secondary: Essays and projects for each of your classes – and having to organise them all!

7) Seeing your friends

Primary: Spending mostly all day, every day with your bestie because you were always in the same class
Secondary: Getting to make different friends in different classes – but all getting to meet up at lunch!

8) Talking to your teacher

Primary: Calling your teachers by their full titles, and always wondering about their mysterious first name
Secondary: All your teachers just go Miss or Sir – but never mum or dad (try not to make that mistake!)

There are a lot of differences between primary school and secondary school, and it might seem a little bit scary at first. But actually, secondary school is a really exciting place with lots of new opportunities and new people, which all helps you to develop as a person and become more independent. Have fun!

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