How to Pack Stationery for School for Each Key Stage

How to Pack Stationery for School for Each Key Stage

Key Stage 1 / Ages 5-7

Plain paper Exercise Book Pencil case Pencil set
Colouring pencils Colouring pens Glue stick Ruler
Scissors Rubber

Key Stage 1 involves lots of group work, discussions and hands-on projects and so it may be that your child will not need to take a pencil case to school. It’s worthwhile checking with your school in advance to find out what they expect. Most schools will ask that children complete homework and learning at home however, and so there are a few items that would be useful to keep around the house.

The basics include pencils, a ruler, a rubber, colouring pencils and a sharpener, although it can be handy to invest in a glue stick, scissors and colouring pens as well for those hands-on projects and rainy days too. Keep in mind that some teachers prefer to see your child’s corrections rather than have them erased so it may be useful to keep the rubber for drawing only at first, and encourage your child to put a line through mistakes on their homework instead.

Opt for colourful, themed and fun stationery so your little one will enjoy using it. If they look forward to taking out and using their colourful pens and pencils it will make schoolwork more fun for them.


Key Stage 2 / Ages 7-11

Plain paper Exercise Book Pencil case Pencil set
Colouring pencils Colouring pens Glue stick Ruler
Scissors Rubber Pencil sharpener Rollerball pens
Handwriting pen Calculator Basic maths set Exercise book

In Key Stage 2 there will be plenty of hands-on projects and table-top learning. Kids will start to use pens for their writing and may need a basic calculator for maths. Most schools provide a list of items your child will need and may specify a certain make or model of calculator or pen, so it’s worth double-checking before you buy anything.

So, along with all the basic stationery from Key Stage 1, a Key Stage 2 pencil case may also benefit from coloured, rollerball and handwriting pens, along with a calculator and protractor for maths.


Key Stage 3 / Ages 11-14

Plain paper Exercise Book Pencil case Pencil set
Colouring pencils Colouring pens Glue stick Ruler
Scissors Rubber Pencil sharpener Rollerball pens
Handwriting pen Scientific Calculator Basic maths set Exercise book
Paper clips Highlighters Fountain pen Post-it notes
Diary Ring binder Plastic wallets USB stick
Tipp-ex* Stapler Staples Dictionary
Thesaurus

During Key Stage 3 your child will start writing essays and revising for mock exams. There will be plenty of table-top learning, so pencil cases should be packed with basic stationery from the previous two Key Stages as well as items such as highlighters and fountain pens. This stationery will be useful for essay writing and revision too, as will a number of other items that will help to keep work organised, such as ring binders, plastic wallets, paper clips, stapler, hole punch, post-it notes and a diary. Kids are likely to need A4 notebooks for lessons, and a dictionary and thesaurus could both come in handy while they’re writing essays, along with USB sticks to store their work. Key Stage 3 maths will require more advanced equipment, including a scientific calculator (check the model with the school), compass, and a protractor/set square.


Key Stage 4 / Ages 14-16

Plain paper Exercise Book Pencil case Pencil set
Colouring pencils Colouring pens Glue stick Ruler
Scissors Rubber Pencil sharpener Rollerball pens
Handwriting pen Scientific Calculator Basic maths set Exercise book
Paper clips Highlighters Fountain pen Post-it notes
Diary Ring binder Plastic wallets USB stick
Tipp-ex* Stapler Staples Dictionary
Thesaurus USB stick Page markers Revision notes

*Please be aware that some schools no longer allow tipp-ex and so you should check with your child’s teacher before packing it in your child’s pencil case.

Key Stage 4 is the last stage of compulsory education and at the end of the two years your child will sit their final exams. Key stage 4 will involve plenty of coursework and revision, so presentation and organisation are both really important. With this in mind, your child should be using everything they used in Key Stage 3 to keep their work well-organised.

The equipment they will need will also depend on what subjects they have chosen to take for their exams. For instance, they may need an atlas for geography lessons, or art supplies if they have chosen to study Art.



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