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

Everything your child needs to know about starting school

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!

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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….)  They also offered a list of other things they had heard at school and that you definitely shouldn’t say and from a parents point of view this is something to have in mind.  Your little darlings will be hearing stuff from older kids.  I have found it is typically harmless silly stuff.
  • Most of the time in reception you just play, but playing is learning too
  • You will make lots of new friends so don’t worry.  Just start by smiling and saying hi
  • You need to always be kind to one another.  You have to share and help anyone who needs it.  Playing with someone who is on their own is very kind.
  • If you don’t like what someone is doing you should say ‘No thank you I don’t like that’.  You never hit or push even if someone is really annoying you (sage advice from the  5 year old)
  • 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 (NOTE FROM MUMMY: Never forget the snacks ladies – you will regret it!  Check out our week of healthy snack ideas
  • 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 according to my 5 and 7 year olds.  As all parents will know their children know everything there is so this must be all true -right?!

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.

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

  1. 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! 🙂

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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!

  5. 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. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. #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.

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