I guess each school would be different but at my sons school up until year 3 the have pencil tins in their desks and share it all. Their books stay st school. But all schools might be different. I actually bought a label maker this year and it is so much easier!!! Make sure u label lunch box, drink bottle, hat and all little containers you send with fruit etc. just ask teacher when he starts! How exciting for you, good luck in the first day!