Back2School supplies

The dreaded countdown to the start of the new year is upon us all,
the shops stocked up with deals and treats of new stationary,
The attraction of brightly coloured notepads and fresh pens!
I think adults like it all so much more,
But with going back to school looming get new supplies for the classroom
Can be daunting thing...
School's will generally give a list in advance or few weeks into the term
for bits children will need across the year.

So, to help you figure out what they might need,
Or even just suitable supplies for at home for doing homework.
Here are a few suggestions:

Key Stage 1:
The first couple of years, or something even the whole of KS1 you won't need to get anything!
Though this does depend on the school, KS1 is full of lots of group work, discussions and hands-on projects. The basics include:
  • pencils
  • a ruler
  • a rubber
  • colouring pencils
  • a sharpener
  • a glue stick
  • scissors
  • Pencil case
  • Notebook

Opt for colourful, themed and fun stationery –
or even give the child the option to choose their own.
This will help them enjoy using them and look forward to using them for school work.

Key Stage 2:
By this point children will start to do more table-top learning,
Children will also start to use pens for their writing and may be interested in basic mathematical equipment towards the end of KS2. Again some supplies won't be needed at school but maybe helpful for homework. The list includes all items from the KS1 list as well as:
  • Colouring Pens
  • Handwriting Pens
  • Calculator
  • Basic Maths Set (compass & protractor)
  • Lined Exercise Book

Key Stage 3:
KS3 will be the start of writing essays and revising for mock exams. Pretty much all of their lessons will become table-top learning so they will need the supplies from the previous two Key Stages as well as helpful revision items. As well as focusing of organisation of work.
  • Scientific Calculator
  • Highlighters
  • Post-it Notes
  • Ring Binder
  • Plastic Wallets
  • USB stick
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus

Key Stage 4:
Key Stage 4 is most commonly seen as the exam years, so lots more coursework and revision will be taking place. With that in mind, your child should be using everything from the previous lists to ensure work is well-organised. Though depending on subjects chosen there maybe need for more specific items, such as the following:
  • an atlas for geography lessons
  • art supplies for art based lessons (this maybe include chalks, canvases, paints ect)
  • Study guides / Test papers

Is there anything you would add to the list?
Are you all prepared for the return to school!