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Jun 20, 2018

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Back to school supplies - Rhino Stationery

Whether it’s your child's very first time in a classroom or you are a seasoned student a new academic year means new stationery. A fresh pencil case, clean and unblemished notebooks and pages waiting for your personality to be stamped on to them, some fancy new pens, an amusing novelty rubber, a calculator upgrade, an extended range of crayons; there are plenty of bits and pieces to acquire and get excited about. Who doesn’t love a fresh hoard of back to school stationery?

But what back to school stationery do you actually need this year? What needs replacing? Perhaps you are taking on a new school or some new subjects, what do they require? If you are a parent buying stationary supplies for your child’s very first school year, this may be your first time back in a stationary shop in while… what do kids need at school these days? If you are off to University for the first time there is plenty to worry about, and study stationary will be one of many things that make up your list of concerns.

Fear not, here we have comprehensive back to school supply lists for all ages and educational landscapes. Take the stress out of back to school supply shopping by using one of these as a handy checklist!

Back to School Supplies: Primary KS1

At primary level, the amount of school stationary you will have to provide for your own children will vary depending on the policies and resources of your child’s particular school. So, before you go out buying back to school supplies, be sure to check what the school already provides. Having said that, even if you are not required to send in stationary with your children, you will most certainly need to have access to most of these supplies at home in order for them to complete homework.

Tasks and lessons are simple at Key Stage 1. This means that there is not a great deal of stationary needed, however, the stationary your young ones do use is much more likely to be mistreated and get broken. So, if you are buying a pack of pencils, make sure you buy plenty! Here is a back to school list that covers the basic stationary needs of most KS1 children…

  • Pencil Case
  • Crayons or colouring pencils
  • Felt tips or washable markers
  • Pencils (HB is the standard grade)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Glue sticks
  • Safety scissors
  • Lunch box
  • School bag

Back to School Supplies: Primary KS2

As your children progress through school their lessons and what is required of them will become more complex. The school supplies that they will have had during KS1 form a foundation for their stationary arsenal! You will find that you will gradually have to add to this initial stationary set. Your child’s school will likely inform you of any stationary upgrades you need to make. In the meantime, here is a look at the back to school supplies you might need to add to the list as your child moves through primary school…

  • Ballpoint or handwriting pens (blue or black)
  • High quality colouring pencils
  • Multi graded pencils (e.g. HB, 2B, 4B, etc.)
  • Highlighters
  • Notebooks or personal organisers
  • Files or ring binders
  • Plastic folders
  • Ruler
  • Protractor
  • Basic calculator

You will also want to replenish or update basic school supplies such as pencil cases, rubbers, pencil sharpeners, lunch boxes and school bags.

Back to School Supplies: Secondary

Secondary school requires a whole new set of supplies and stationary. At primary level, many of your stationery needs will have been covered by the school. However, at secondary level, back to school supplies are entirely the responsibility of the child. Not only are you now responsible for the basics such as pencils, pens and rulers, but specific subjects will now require specific equipment. Check out this list, which should cover the stationary you will need with you at most secondary schools…


  • Durable pencil case
  • Ballpoint pens (blue and black)
  • HB pencils
  • Pencil sharpener (metal)
  • Highlighters
  • Permanent markers
  • Post-it notes
  • Whiteboard pens
  • Notebooks or paper packs
  • Graph paper
  • Ring binders and files
  • Subject dividers
  • Plastic folders
  • Glue
  • White-out
  • Scissors
  • Scientific calculator
  • Ruler
  • Protractor
  • Padlock or combination lock (for school lockers)
  • Durable school bag

Subject specific extras:

  • Multi graded pencils (e.g. HB, 2B, 4B, etc.) – Art
  • Quality colouring pencils – Art
  • Sketchbook – Art
  • Compass – Maths
  • Set square – Maths
  • English dictionary and thesaurus – English
  • Foreign language dictionary – Modern Foreign Languages
  • Manuscript paper – Music

Back to School Supplies: Higher Education

When it comes to higher education your back to school stationery needs are likely to be specific to both the subject you are studying and your personal supply and study preferences. However, you will still need to have a good quality and affordable stash of the basics. So, whatever subject you are going on to study at University, make sure you consider which of these basic bits you will be needing…

  • Ring binders
  • Hole punch
  • Stapler and staples
  • Plastic folders
  • Plastic sleeves
  • Lined paper packs and notebooks
  • Subject dividers
  • Pencil case
  • Plenty of ballpoint pens (black, blue and red)
  • Index cards
  • Post-it notes
  • White-out
  • Highlighters
  • Permanent markers
  • Rubbers
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Personal organiser
  • Wall calendar
  • Scientific calculator
  • Durable bag
  • Laptop
  • Printer
  • Printer ink cartridges
  • White A4 paper

Rhino Stationery is here to make your back to school stationery shopping that bit easier so why not order online?

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