Helpful tips for primary students coming back to school

Most of us have been learning from home for a while now because of COVID-19. It’s great we can get back to school. Our teachers are looking forward to seeing us and we get to play with our friends again. Sometimes learning from home felt easy, sometimes it felt a bit hard. Everyone has a different learning from home story to tell. Here are some helpful tips for you as we return to school.

Get ready

Try on your school uniform and school shoes. You may have had a growth spurt and it may not fit!

Get organised and pack your bag the day before school starts. Pack your own hand sanitiser and a mask. If you don’t have hand sanitiser or a mask don’t worry, your school can give

Be safe

It’s a good idea to wear a mask while on the bus and at school.

Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser during the day and before you eat.

Cough or sneeze into your elbow. If you need to blow your nose, use a tissue and put it in the bin. Make sure you wash your hands or use hand sanitiser afterwards.


Just so you know, it’s ok to have different feelings when coming back school. You may feel worried, nervous, angry or happy, or any feeling in between.

Talking to friends and family can be helpful. You can even talk to your teacher or school counsellor /school psychologist if you’d like to. Your school can help you get in contact with someone to talk to, just let your teacher, parent or carer know. 

Watch out for your friends too! Ask them “Are you OK?”. It’s OK to tell someone if you are worried about your friend. There are more ideas on looking after yourself on the Department of Education’s student mental health and wellbeing pages.

School work

Try your best. Let your teacher, parent or carer know what you found easy or hard when working from home. They are there to help you.

Be kind

Be kind to your classmates. Invite them to play a game with you.

Be patient. It’s been a while since we have all been together.

If you feel a bit annoyed or angry while playing or learning, try taking some deep breaths, walk away to another area or talk about it with your teacher.

Have some fun

Have fun with your class and teacher.

Use your break times to spend some time outside playing with your friends.


Don’t forget to eat breakfast!

Pack a healthy lunchbox and drink bottle for school.

This will help you feel energised during the day.


Make sure you go to bed on time! Sleep helps us concentrate, learn and enjoy the day at school.

Put your devices in another room, so your sleep is not disturbed.

You might notice you are more tired than usual. That’s ok, after a while you will get back into your going to school routine.


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