As some of you may know, I am going into year 11 in September. Yes, GCSE year. Only a ~bit~ nervous! Before I go back to school every year, I like to pick up some bits of stationery to bring with me that year; sometimes its a lot, other times not so much. This year, there isn't as much as I'd usually get, however I do have a few more bits to pick up. Since I had big end of year exams in year 10, I had bought all the folders and things that I need for my subjects in year 11, and also all my books and revision guides at the start of year 10. So, this post basically just shows you some of the staples that I need for the year that I've bought now, and then I'll pick up a couple of extra bits I need next time I'm out shopping. I also need to get a new school bag, and so I'll do a post all about that and what I'm keeping in it, along with everything else that will be in my pencil case!
Now thats explained, I'll move onto what I actually bought! Everything in this post is from Tesco, as their back to school stuff is amazing value and super great quality.
The first thing I picked up was my new pencil case, and this was £3.00! It's so cute, and it's a canvas material, super roomy and not really very structured, which I really like as I can fit more into it, and it goes into my bag easier too. I love the pattern on it, and it's lined with a really nice hot pink fabric, which will be really easy to wipe down so that it wont get too dirty! Also, another thing I like about this is that the zip is really sturdy rubber, you can't see it in this picture, but it's strong and should last me the whole year!
I also got some pens and pencils, pretty obvious necessities really. My favourite pens are these ballpoint ones from Papermate in the InkJoy range; they write so smoothly and they're amazing to hold. They were £1.50 for five. I also got these Zebra retractable ballpoint pens and they were £2.00 for ten. These are hands down my favourite pens, they write really nicely, don't smudge (so they work great with highlighters), and have really comfortable grips on them. I also got some Staedtler pencils, and this pack is great as you get a whole variety of widths of pencil lead (I think that's what the B's and H's and numbers mean!) – they were £1.50.
You can't see too well in this picture, but I also got five document wallets for £1.00, which is amazing value. They came in light blue, like a normal blue shade, navy blue, black and hot pink. I like to keep a couple of these in my bag at a time, one for loose sheets and letters and the other to keep in any books I use for english or any revision guides, because I like to have those separate from my other bits for whatever reason! Plus, when I have one folder for loose sheets/homework sheets it makes it really easy to keep them separate, take them home and put them in the right folders or just know where my homework is for when I finally decide to do it!
I also got some rubbers (or erasers, as I know that for some people 'rubbers' has an entirely different meaning!!) in various different sizes and colours. I like this, because it should last me all throughout the year; I use pen most often and so I don't find myself needing a rubber that often apart from if I'm drawing diagrams in Geography or something. This pack was only £1.00, and it's great value.
The final thing I picked up was this pack of glue sticks for £2.50, and I really like this pack as it has smaller glue sticks which are perfect for my pencil case. School never has enough glue in some lessons and so I figured it would be easier if I just had a mini one in my pencil case. I don't know how good they'll be, but I guess we'll see.
Thats all the main things I've picked up for year 11, things like highlighters and a ruler I already have in my house and you'll see that in another post!