Back to School Essentials September 2021

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If you are anything like us you are currently hurriedly putting together your children’s back to school essentials  

Now, I am of a view that if it still works or fits it can be used again, in fact Little L (5) wears his big brother’s wearable clothes from 5 years previous.

School Uniform

With sustainability in mind we have recently discovered David Luke, who have the largest range of eco uniforms

Not only are their uniforms made from recycled materials but they are also made to last so can be passed on to avoid waste.

Featured are (left to right): Pack of two short sleeved shirts (with velcro fastening), pull-up school trousers, v neck sweatshirt

And for PE (left to right): shadow striped PE shorts in navy, microfibre tracksuit top, waterproof training jacket

School Shoes

Having two children at each end of the primary age range I have found that they have different requirements for school shoes. Little Ls shoes were full of sand every day so we know what he got up to! For both boys they need to be easy to put on and take off, comfortable and long lasting.

Little L wore Bobux shoes for his reception year at school (last year) and they lasted the full year (including the sandpit). They are a lovely soft leather that is comfortable and durable. This year he has the Leap style which are £59 and available directly from


Wynsors have a great selection of school shoes for both boys & girls, they cater for all price ranges too!

Featured: Big L has Kickers (adult size 6) and Little L has Rockstorm

Backpacks and stationery 

With children needing to take in more of their own stuff than ever a decent backpack, pencil case & stationery.

Smiggle are still the coolest on the block as far as my Primary aged kids are concerned. Smiggle let us choose our own so here is what we went for (I ordered all our items online from with free delivery over £40):

Smiggle Beyond Backpack & matching pencil case

Peter Rabbit from Beatrix Potter Gifts by Enesco

Peter Rabbit is a firm favourite in our house and these two rucksacks are so cute.

Featuring Peter Rabbit on one and Flopsy on the other little Peter Rabbit fans are sure to be chuffed taking the to school. Pop in the Peter Rabbit Union Jack pencil case and charm pen for a full house!

Water bottle, snack pots and matching stationery from Clintons

Clintons are more than just cards these days. Here is an example of the current Back to School ranges: Neon Tropic & Camo Collection.

Featured here are the snack pots and hydration bottle in Camo and Let’s Go Wild Clipboard Set 

Desk Tidy from Red Candy 

For homework you need to keep your work space tidy – this super sweet Pear Pod desk organiser from Red Candy fits the bill with little compartments for pens, pencils and so on. In fact you can also use it for snacks – Mmmm snacks!

Books from Books2Door

Books2Door have a huge selection of books to choose from for both adults and children.

I wanted to get something reasonably educational and found these two great box sets. Little L will be reading the Percy the Park Keeper books when he goes back to school in September so I thought we’d get a head start and Big L loves Horrible Histories (who doesn’t?), they are a great, fun way to learn about, well, history.

Maths & Spelling Games from Orchard Toys

Children learn far more when it’s made fun, what better way than making a game of maths and English? Here we have First Times Tables which is aimed at ages 5 to 8 and is a first introduction for young children to multiplication. For English Wiggly Words which is aimed at age 6 to adult and helps with spelling and literacy.

Fidget Toys to help focus

Tanglecreations fidget toys are widely used in the US as they help kids to use both sides of the brain, as well as relax, focus, get creative, and more. They have recently released Tangle Pets which have cute animals on them too. Even if they aren’t allowed in school they are good to focus the mind during homework or watching a film. Available from Asda, The Entertainer, Smyths Toys, B&M and Amazon 


We went to an outdoor birthday party in the park recently and these Stomp Rockets went down a treat with kids (and adults) of all ages! We have the Ultra Rocket and it’s a lot of fun as well as educational – trajectory, force and so on. They are a great way to get kids outside and moving – chasing the rocket and putting it back in to launch again, fab exercise!

There are a few different Stomp Rockets in the range, all available from Amazon and toy shops

Antibacterial Gel & Wipes

As sad as it is Covid isn’t going away any time soon so we will continue to be vigilant by using gel and wipes. These from Wet Wipes are great. The Be Gentle Wet Wipes are a fab size for and handbag and I’ve carried them around all summer, fab for picnics! When the kids come out form school they can have a quick squirt of antibacterial hand sanitizer just to be on the safe side too

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