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Old 02.10.2015, 12:46
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Re: Swiss public primary school back to UK primary school

Our children were 8 and 10 when we moved to England. They could understand English but didn't speak it, could read it but not write it.
The younger one had just finished her first school year (at that time in Aargau, children started school at seven!) the elder one had had three years schooling. The younger child jumped from a first class to 'the middle of a third year' class! The elder from a third to the fifth.

It was not easy, especially for the younger child. It makes a difference if the children had been exposed to British culture while living here. Ours weren't. They knew no British history, little British Geography, didn't know maths terms in English. However, they were not shy and were good at sports and music, which helped them to integrate. The first six months were tough. Second year was great. Then we came back! We had, albeit on a lesser scale, similar experiences. The geography that they could still remember from the Aargau, pre-England, didn't include the names of the Churfirsten!

Going to the UK to school was a great experience for the children. They are glad they had the chance. The Debating Society at their school was brilliant and the skills they learned there stood them in good stead when they were later expected to stand up in front of 200 people and give a talk in Zürich!

Accentuate the positive but don't forget, there will be negative bits. There always are.
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