What Stationary Bits will my Son need for year 7?

(65 Posts)
Julezboo Fri 02-Aug-13 10:40:31

Seems a long time since I had to buy for myself!!!! I have hit a brick wall. Its so worrying this year 7 stuff!

JenaiMorris Wed 07-Aug-13 08:22:50

Like many organisations, Ds's school don't allow anything non-school to be connected to school kit, so USBs are out.

They can save work to the school's storage areas, which are accessible and savable to from home, and/or email.

trinity0097 Wed 07-Aug-13 07:00:24

I can honestly say that in my 13 teaching career as a maths teacher I have not really needed to get the children to use a long ruler at all! A short one is sufficient and I would always lend a long one if they needed it, especially if I could see that they had bothered to bring a short one!

Whathaveiforgottentoday Wed 07-Aug-13 00:21:55

Just the basics as most have outlined but do remind your DS that this is one area in life where they don't have to share.
If his 'mates' want to borrow his coloured pencils etc the answer is no! Some students can be thoughtless when using other's peoples stuff and it takes year 7's a while to work that out. Not all students of course, but we often have issues with students kindly lending stuff that comes back broken or not at all.
yy to bringing calculators to science and short rulers are often more convenient for day to day use as they fit in the pencil case. I have a set of long rulers if we're doing graph work.
I lend out pens but only in exchange for something of worth (lunch card etc) but tends to be mainly yrs 10 and 11 (too cool for pencil cases!)

trinity0097 Tue 06-Aug-13 17:05:58

Last year I actually bought a stock for my classroom on the same deal as it was cheaper than school suppliers as the supermarkets can afford to make a smaller percentage profit on each unit sold! Think the woman on the checkouts thought I was a bit mad for buying 10 in one go, but hey I saved the school about £60!

ChippyMinton Mon 05-Aug-13 21:04:52

I got the Sainsbury deal, bought one for DS2 for when he goes up next year. They are the solar powered ones too smile

trinity0097 Mon 05-Aug-13 18:16:47

Btw the Casio calculator is on sale in sainsburys as part of the buy one get one free offer, so for £11 if you team up with a friend who can have 2 scientific calculators. I know that through school suppliers I can usually have to pay at least £6 for each one! I now recommend that parents get them themselves and not through school as it's cheaper!

trinity0097 Mon 05-Aug-13 18:15:22

Btw the Casio calculator is on sale in sainsburys as part of the buy one get one free offer, so for £11 if you team up with a friend who can have 2 scientific calculators. I know that through school suppliers I can usually have to pay at least £6 for each one! I now recommend that parents get them themselves and not through school as it's cheaper!

Takver Mon 05-Aug-13 13:07:24

I'm not worrying about this one as dd generally carries enough stationary to start her own branch of Smiths grin

Takver Mon 05-Aug-13 13:06:45

Sorry, missed protractor and compasses from list

Takver Mon 05-Aug-13 13:06:17

We've been told:

Bring from day 1: 2 x working pens, several pencils including coloured, sharpener, rubber, metric ruler, pocket dictionary

School will sell appropriate calculator cheaply to dc once they start.

NO liquid paper

sounds simple enough smile We are also quite near Milford Haven . . .

HmmAnOxfordComma Mon 05-Aug-13 12:06:49

Yep, my ds has one of those double pocketed ones, too (a camo one from Smiths). He like it because he has essentials in the front pocket (pens/pencils/rubber/gluestick/small ruler) and 'less frequently useds' in the back (coloured pencils/scissors/stapler/compass and protractor/memory stick etc). He likes to be very organised!

DS1 had the standard barrel pencil cases (complete with surfing company logo) but has found most of them to either be too small to fit calculator, maths set etc, or so big that they take up too much space on the desk. He has chosen one of these for Y9; in black, not pink. grin

ChippyMinton Sun 04-Aug-13 14:13:30

Are they all surfers then? wink

is humour acceptable?

trinity0097 Sun 04-Aug-13 09:11:56

Tell him that kids in secondary schools don't have those types of pencil cases, especially boys!

This is the most common one (and style) for boys www.whsmith.co.uk/Products/GUL-Pencil-Case+Stationery+23723917

ChippyMinton Sat 03-Aug-13 21:57:25

Good to know the casio calulator is standard, as I bought DS one yesterday - solar powered so no excuse for dead batteries.

Have all the bits but cannot find a pencil case. Ds wants one that has elastic loops for all the pens etc, but the only ones I can find are baby-ish character sets. Any suggestions?

HeyCarrieAnn Fri 02-Aug-13 22:43:49

That's what I was thinking, too, indices etc...(but kept calling them 'powers' in my head - overfried brain!)

Ds (now going into Y10) needed a scientific calculator pretty much from the start of Y7. They needed some of the functions almost from the start. He has used it almost daily for the past 3 years.

Other than that he has managed to get by with a decent set of pens (although he will write with anything and in both black and blue, both are allowed at his school), a handful of standard pencils, sharpener, eraser, compass set for maths, ruler and some coloured pencils.

And yy, get sticky back plastic, ds's first set of homeworks in Y7 was to decorate his exercise books (which were supplied by the school) with topic-appropriate pictures and then to sticky back them.
Funnily enough this was not a requirement in Y8 and Y9 but it is obviously a task they enjoy setting the Y7s grin

DS1 needed the extra functions on the calculator from the beginning of Y7: there are calculator papers in the school's internal assessments and most basic calculators don't have buttons for powers/indices, roots etc.

tiggytape Fri 02-Aug-13 22:18:16

I am not sure that DS produced anything so significant in Year 7 that contingency measures would be needed in case of solar storms.
One of his geography projects was quite good and won him a prize but I don't think it would be much of a loss to human kind if it was wiped out in an internet disaster wink

HeyCarrieAnn Fri 02-Aug-13 22:14:51

My ds has only done three bits of homework on the pc all year (IT x 2 and science x 1). He has got through about 36 pens though (at almost £2 each!)

Also glue sticks, but DS1 rarely uses them to stick any of the countless pieces of paper into any of his exercise books.

DS1 (starting Y8) and DS2 (starting Y7) have the following each:

Scientific calculator
Fountain pen
Spare cartridges
Spare handwriting pen
HB pencils
Colouring pencils
15cm ruler
Ink eraser
Maths set (protractor, compasses etc)
30cm ruler

Padlock (for locker)
USB stick

DS1 saves his work in a designated folder on the laptop which gets backed up automatically to the PC daily (via home network) and to the external hard drive weekly.

UnderwaterBasketWeaving Fri 02-Aug-13 22:06:08

Oh, and can we remember "science press" is as reliable as the daily fail much of the time.

UnderwaterBasketWeaving Fri 02-Aug-13 22:05:28

I read the science press. You need to relax, we are still only talking about children, and children's lovely work.

If the whole Internet is knocked out, teachers won't be worrying about the kids homework.

UnderwaterBasketWeaving Fri 02-Aug-13 22:04:07

(At Uncaged Monkeys a few years back, Simon Singh was talking about how we warn future civilisations not to use/live on/farm on areas where nuclear waste had been 'disposed of', he recommended carving stone tablets with some decipherable hieroglyphs - since digital media, paper, and even currently extant languages would not persist long enough.

Should we buy them chisels?)

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