Everything you need to know about starting school by a 5 and 7 year old

As we zoom towards the end of the school year it suddenly dawned on me that very soon my little boys will be in year 3 and year 1 respectively.  It is a daunting prospect as time is just flying by….  If you have a little one starting school in September you will probably be feeling this passing of time all the more keenly, but do not fear as I have two boys who are very wise about all matters school – they are 5 and 7 you know!! They thought it was important that they pass on their wisdom to the next reception class starting school in September.  They suggested doing a handout, but we settled on a blog post in the interest of spreading their clearly invaluable insight to more people and in the interests of me not having to stalk unsuspecting parents of preschoolers in the area!

starting school advice

So here it is;  Everything you need to know about starting school by a 5 and 7 year old.

  • There is no fighting allowed (disturbingly this was the thing that they both offered as their first piece of advice so clearly this was a lesson drummed into them and we probably need a further discussion on this topic!!)
  • You can’t say ‘bum bum head’ (It is sound advice, but again something that probably warrants further discussion….)
  • Most of the time in reception you just play, but playing is learning too
  • You will make lots of new friends
  • You need to always be kind to one another
  • If you don’t like what someone is doing you should say ‘No thank you I don’t like that’
  • Sometimes you have to do harder things like forming your letters, but it is OK as the teachers help you
  • Don’t worry about missing your mummy as you will be very busy and your mummy will collect you after school with a snack
  • The teachers will be very kind and lovely to you
  • You get to do lots of painting and crafts
  • If you can’t do something the first time you can just try again and you can always ask for help

There you go that is it everything reception children need to know….  See mummies you were worrying for nothing it is quite simple and as long as they know these things how could they possibly go wrong…

I will be sharing some tips for you grown ups over the coming weeks, but if you want to get ahead of the game check out my post about morning routine hacks.

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44 thoughts on “Everything you need to know about starting school by a 5 and 7 year old

  1. So sweet - love mention of the 'snack' at the end of a school day haha xx
    1. They are snack obsessed at the end of the day!
  2. This is so lovely and its just what kids need to hear #dreamteam
  3. ‘No thank you i dont like that’ is a phase I’ve brought home from school too! I’m moving up to year 1 after the school holidays! Eeeekk! #DreamTeam
    1. Time goes too fast! My eldest will be year 3 and I can’t stand it
      1. My youngest are three and it is definitely a bit sad
  4. I am going to read these suggestions to my grandsons (ages 4 and 7). I am sure they will especially appreciate the "bum bum head" one! :)
    1. It is very important information to know. I mean who would want to say bum bum head in the wrong place - ha ha!
  5. Wait until theyre 18 and 16..... Anyway, im glowing as a teacher because your kids just get it! Well done to them! Perfect liStening! #dreamteam
    1. They will be very happy to know that a teacher approves as they are fairly convinced teachers are the only people worth listening too ;) Thanks for being on the #DreamTeam
  6. Ha ha this is great! I particuLarly like the fact Thet said you cant saY bum bum head! Really great pOst #dreamteam
    1. I know - what a worry that this is was right up there!! Thanks for being part of the #DreamTeam
  7. Sounds like good advice! My youngest will be in her last year of primary school this September and my oldest will be in the last year of her university degree - mad how quickly it passes! #dreamteam
    1. Gosh I can't imagine that far ahead, but I know it will here all too soon. Thanks for joining up with the #DreamTeam
  8. Picking up from school with a snack - some sound advice for parents there too!
  9. Well where the heck were the all the snacks when I was getting picked up? #goodmom #dreamteam
  10. That bum bum head advice
  11. This is a lovely post, just what children need to hear. #DREAMTEAM
  12. Sound advice! My son is going into Y3 and my daughter into Y2 this time. Where does time go! #DREAMTEAM
  13. I just asked my 6yo what advice she would give to someone starting school in September. Her top tips are: Don't forget to have wee's, or you'll have accidents like Lacey does. Also, go to sleep early so you don't fall asleep at story time like Spohia" :-| #DREAMTEAM
    1. Oh I just love the things they say
  14. Oh how precious! This puts me at ease. Mine isn't even 2 yet, but I'm already worried about school...as I'm sure all moms are. But this gets me excited for her to get there and learn from new teachers and make new friends! #DreamTeam
  16. precious. I laughed for not saying "bum bum head" is that their saying #dreamteam
    1. Yes they love to call one another that or poo poo!
  17. What do you mean you can't say bum bum head at school!!??? lol that really made me giggle. thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely and have a fab summer x
    1. I know who knew . Hope you have a lovely summer too. Kx
  18. I have to know how they found out that bum bum head was not allowed! #DreamTeam
    1. My youngest found out where the headmistresses office was very quickly when he started school ;) so I think he tested the theory once or twice
  19. Very sweet and useful advice for kids! I've just realised if we were living in the UK my daughter would be starting reception in September! As it is, over here in mexico she'll be going into second year of kindergarten. Primary is still a long way off. The same advice still applies, though! #dreamteam
  20. Great list, looking forward to your list for the adults too #dreamteam
  21. This doesn't impact me yet but it gives a great insight #dreamteam
    1. Thanks for commenting #DreamTeam
  22. Haha! This is genius. especially loving the addition of not saying bum bum head. I would have to agree that it is a top tip to follow. Your 2 sound adorable. mine is going to be starting year 1, so full steam ahead for new adventures to come. though for now, looking forward to no school for a few weeks :-) *i'm thinking of all the uniform ironing that won't have to be done. Thanks for being a brilliant #dreamteam host xxx
    1. Oh I never iron - fold and press flat straight from the line is the answer #lazymummy #DreamTeam
  23. My reception starte will like to hear this list, especially bum bum head! #coolmumclub
    1. Bum Bum head does seem to be a hit with most little people
  24. Lovely to read from those who've gone before #DreamTeam
  25. Haha I LOVE this. IT'S very sweet. My little girl and niece START school in September so I'm going to read it to them lol. X #thesatsesh
    1. Be careful not to give them any 'bum bum head' ideas lol!
  26. #thesatsesh Sorry im late, but im with bum bum head full time lol. Great advice and will also be a lovely memory post to look back on - i'm already looking forward to the secondary version.
    1. I dread to think what they will be saying by secondary school!
  27. This is all very wise advice , I especially like the last one about trying again if you struggle. Congratulations someone added this to #blogcrush
    1. Thanks I will tell my boys as it was their work x

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