100 things you should have done at school before the age of 11

The TES surveyed 2,500 pupils to discover the experiences they value at school.

Schools are not just places of academic learning, they are environments in which children learn valuable life lessons and where they experience the things that will shape them as adults. Teachers and parents alike have strong views on what these lessons and experiences should be, but what do the children themselves value?

TES surveyed 2,500 primary children – from across the maintained, independent and alternative provision sectors – to find out what they believe every child should have done at school before the age of 11.

  1. Call a teacher mum or dad
  2. Make good friends
  3. Tell the teacher to “chill out”
  4. Get covered in paint/mud/chalk
  5. Laugh hysterically when someone farts
  6. Take part in a school production
  7. Have a water fight
  8. Go swimming
  9. Be made to sit next to your enemy
  10. Forget your homework

Here’s the list in full: 100 things you should have done at school before the age of 11

Do you think they’re missing anything from the list? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie

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  1. thiskidsthinkin

    Mine is 10 and has done almost all of them things. She hasn’t done conkers.the volcano (although we plan doing that for science Saturday at some stage), the custard pie, hatching a chick or sex ed yet. Might try hatching a chick at home. sounds like fun.

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