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user1484655514 Tue 11-Apr-17 19:11:16

Hi ladies, what do I need to buy my dd stationery wise for starting secondary school ?

leccybill Tue 11-Apr-17 19:17:40

Wow, you're organised!

I teach secondary. We ask the students to come equipped with pens (black usually), pencil, ruler, rubber. Also a scientific calculator and pocket dictionary of the foreign language they will study.
Handy to have is: small gluestick, scissors.

HeyMacWey Tue 11-Apr-17 19:17:57

School normally give you a list, but generally includes:

Writing pencils
Drawing pencils
Scientific calculator
Trigonometry set
Coloured pencils

Mine like to have a divided plastic folder (one of those concertina ones) so they can organise their books/homework for the next day. Lots of homework seems to be done on a4 paper that's then stuck in their books.
French dictionary
English dictionary
30cm ruler

Think that's just about everything.

PettsWoodParadise Tue 11-Apr-17 19:19:25

They usually supply a stationery list in the welcome pack or on induction day. Every school will be subtly different. DD had whiteboard pens for example, her friend didn't need those. Some will specify the brand and model number of the caulculator to make teaching the functions easier, others will far more vague.,

user1484655514 Tue 11-Apr-17 19:27:12

Leccybill only thought of it because Tesco had scientific calculators on sale today so it came into my head

TeenAndTween Tue 11-Apr-17 19:31:52

To the above list I would like to add sellotape.

Also 2 sets - one set for where they do homework, one for school bag.

Don't buy a calculator before seeing which one the school recommends. When they get to needing one if they have the 'standard' one the teacher can explain how to use it more easily.

For home, my top tip is buy an A4 spiral bound notebook for doing any 'rough' work (research, first drafts, practicing spellings etc). Keeps it all in one place nicely.

RedSkyAtNight Wed 12-Apr-17 07:52:38

DS's school sell a pack for starters of everything they need - so we just bought that (it was competitively priced). I thought it was such a good idea but sounds like it is unusual based on responses here.

I'd agree with others above that you should wait for your specific school list though - presumably you already have basics at home from primary school and I don't think there are that many things extra. DS gets through masses of glue sticks as they seem to do everything on paper and stick it in to books. Equally there are other things that others have listed that he really wouldn't use (e.g. concertina folders as he never has enough books/paper at one time to warrant this!). At his school half the DC do one language, and half another so at this stage we wouldn't know which language so couldn't buy the dictionary.

Ifailed Wed 12-Apr-17 08:02:24

What about a slide rule and trig tables, or have things moved on?

squiggletea Wed 12-Apr-17 08:04:04

Glue sticks are constantly required here!

The other piece of advice on here last year was to provide a 'place' to keep homework/school books when they're not at school. A magazine file or a drawer.

Whileweareonthesubject Wed 12-Apr-17 08:26:47

When dcs started secondary school (a long time ago, admittedly), the school sold scientific calculators, dictionaries ( English and foreign language) and a couple of subject specific items, presumably to ensure that everyone had equipment that would be suitable and would work the same.
We made sure ours has two pencil cases - one with the things they'd need for every lesson, so writing pens etc and one for the specialist stiff like maths equipment. It was suggested that they have clear pencil cases which made it easier for them to find what they needed quickly and when older, they could take them into exams with them.
At home, a plastic file as a previous post we suggested, to help organise homework - most homework for dcs had to be handed in during the next lesson for that subject, rather than the next day.

TheSecondOfHerName Wed 12-Apr-17 10:30:13

For school:
The usual things you would have in a pencil case
A protractor
Extra glue sticks
USB stick

For home:
A storage system for their schoolbooks
Printer paper and cartridges

What not to buy:
Expensive stationery

(Parent of four children at secondary school)

Badbadbunny Wed 12-Apr-17 10:59:27

Our DS's school handed out a postcard on induction day (end June before starting in September) with a list, basically as mentioned in this thread. They also had a table where the "friends" of the school were selling the school's preferred calculator along with second hand uniform items etc.

The only thing different from other comments above was that the school recommended not buying any foreign language dictionaries as they said that they put yearly vocab lists on their website so pupils could concentrate on a specific list of a few hundred words, growing as each year passes, rather than randomly pick from thousands in a dictionary which may mean they pick words out of context or out of date. DS is in year 10 doing GCSE German, and he has the definitive vocab list pamphlet printed out which he uses instead of a dictionary.

realwoodlogs Wed 12-Apr-17 14:07:05

I'd wait for official list.
But as a secondary English teacher I like students who have the following (as my resources are very limited):

- glue stick
- highlighters (few different colours if poss)
- a few black pens
- green biro
- purple biro
- scissors
- pencils
- ruler
- rubber
- sharpener

I use highlighters a lot in lessons and many schools now do peer marking/DIRT comments in specific coloured pens.

ChunkyHare Wed 12-Apr-17 14:10:41

We have a school pencil case and it does not get removed from the bag.

In fact he has 2, one for every day stuff including pritt glue stick and one for maths/science/art so coloured pencils, compass etc.

That way he can never forget it. School provides them with a coloured pen to extend their work and a whiteboard marker. When these run out they are replaced by school.

We have Pental Energel pens as they are fast drying and not much shadowing (showing through page) mechanical pencils (no sharpening required) ruler, highlighters x 2.

We do as Teen suggests, one Pukka pad for all notes made for homework.

School will specify which calculator and which dictionaries and they usually sell them on the Welcome to our school open evening. Take money.

OhTheRoses Wed 12-Apr-17 14:11:09

Sticky back plastic as there will be teachers who think it's more important to cover a 99p exercise book in it than it is to exercise classroom discipline, mark work or provide good feedback.

70ontheinside Wed 12-Apr-17 14:22:13

You need to wait for your school list. Some schools want you to write in blue, some in black. Some want you to do certain tasks in purple, green or red. Some want a certain type of calculator, some don't care. Too many variables!

The only thing you can safely buy now is tons of glue sticks.

Badbadbunny Wed 12-Apr-17 14:23:12

Sticky back plastic as there will be teachers who think it's more important to cover a 99p exercise book in it than it is to exercise classroom discipline, mark work or provide good feedback.

Sadly, very true!

leccybill Wed 12-Apr-17 15:06:52

Never met a teacher like that tbf.

I'm pretty relaxed about books being backed but the new Y7s are often excited to do it, in wrapping paper or a poster or something.

The plastic covers are handy for keeping books tidy looking when they are on a bag with muddy football boots, that day's Cookery creation and a bottle of sticky lucozade, but I don't insist on it. Just grateful when they have a pen tbh.

lacebell10 Fri 14-Apr-17 08:21:38

Hot glue gun for art and DT projects, coloured pencils

socialanxietysrus Fri 14-Apr-17 08:25:24

Scientific calculator
Cheap biros - inc a red one as our school specified it
Nicer hand writing pen
Fountain pen
Glue stick

No scissors or tippex allowed

Also bought a pack of decent drawing pencils and colouring pencils, although DS only takes a few in at a time when needed

socialanxietysrus Fri 14-Apr-17 08:26:24

Oh and a Maths set too! Your school may sell the Maths set and calculator if you're unsure which ones to get!

Badbadbunny Tue 18-Apr-17 08:27:37

*Never met a teacher like that tbf.

I'm pretty relaxed about books being backed but the new Y7s are often excited to do it, in wrapping paper or a poster or something.*

Several of my son's teachers put it down as a homework, and if it's not done, it gets counted as a strike for homework not done, which accumulate to a detention!

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