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Senior Blog: 4th June 2020

Issue 6

We hope you had a wonderful half term and that you enjoyed the wonderful weather – it has truly been glorious.

Our feature this week looks at the Virtual Design Festival. Running from the 15th  April to 30th June. The Virtual Design Festival is the world’s first online design festival. This festival is full of wonderful interviews with designers and architects from around the world, product information, insight into architect studios and the industry awards. For those of you thinking about perhaps a career in architecture or those of you who may want to follow a design route, this is definitely something that you should take a look at.

Other content this week looks at a wonderful Open House competition for you to get involved in and we look into a ‘A Day in the Life of an Architect’. There are some fun virtual tours to take part in; you can travel the globe from your armchair and, of course, our usual weekly look at the Media, Feel The Burn and Educational Activities.

Lots to pack in. Enjoy the read and see you next time.


A Day in the Life of……..

Our second look at ‘A Day in the Life of’ is focused on looking at what it takes to become an Architect. Watch this interview with Adam Nathaniel Furman (leading architect) and Es Devlin (artist designer and architect).

Take a look inside and see if this might be the career for you. Each week we shall try to step inside a different career so that you can take a look.

Virtual Design Festival Interview with Adam Nathaniel Furman

Dezeen, London architect and design magazine, are running a set of podcasts featuring leading designers and architects from around the world. The series is called Face to Face and can be listened to online. Artist, designer and director Es Devlin,  started her career as a theatre designer and worked with Kanye West, Beyoncé and U2. Listen to her talk about her life and career. Just click on the link below.

Es Devlin – Leading Architect & Designer Podcast Interviewcast interview)

Career Aspirations

How to become an architect:

Five GCSEs A*- C including English, Maths and Science. 

Three A levels.

Some Universities prefer a Maths or a Science subject. Many also require a portfolio of work, so an Art and Design based A level can be helpful.

Day-to-Day Tasks:

Creating detailed technical plans using CAD software

Creating a plan, following building laws and safety regulations

Working towards budgets

Managing construction

Choosing materials

Checking building work and progress

Communicating and sharing ideas with other architects and architectural technicians

A few universities were leading the way last year with offering architecture apprenticeships; they were the London South Bank, Northumbria and Oxford Brookes. Of these, only London South Bank is offering both Level 6 and Level 7 architectural apprenticeships this year, with the others offering post-graduate Level 7. The link below will give guidance from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Royal Institute of British Architect Pathways

Salary: Average £27,500 – £40,000 at early career stages, increasing from there.

Hours per week:  37+

If you are looking to become an architect or work in the field of design let us know, tell us about your experience.

Competition Challenge with Open House London

Open House London are running a wonderful competition where you can choose your favourite building, sculpture or landmark and make it using the junk material you have at home!

Photos of the winning family entries, judged by leading architects, will be collaged into a world map and added to the Open City website and the winning families will receive a pdf version of the collage to keep.

Deadline for entries is Friday 5th June, so get cracking!

Open House London Competition

Katie Jayne’s Interesting Fact:

Children can focus their minds when not distracted by social media or household noise. Did you know that experts believe that it takes the mind at least twenty-three minutes to refocus after being disturbed and that drinking water can help you to concentrate?

Thought of the Week

Why not try using the new mobile phone feature which is called the focus mode. This will switch off all notifications and disturbances for an adjustable period of time. Take a look at the settings on your phone, this may really help you to concentrate when studying.

Media Chart

The top releases are…!


I cannot let this week go by without mentioning that Take That were back together for a one-off special online reunion to “lift the nation’s spirits” during the lockdown.

The band got back together on Friday 29th May for a performance in aid of music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins, and Crew Nation, which supports concert crew workers. You can listen to the backstage podcast by clicking the link below and hear the band perform Shine, Back for Good and Pray in catch up.



We were looking at free apps that help you control your diet and exercise regime. One of the top, free apps is My Fitness Pal, worth taking a look at to help you keep your health and well-being focused. Enjoy!

Feel the Burn

This week we decided to have two different workouts, focused for the male and female body.

Men’s Health Upper Body Workout

20 Minute Tabata Workout Routine from Women’s Health

women keeping fit by walking

Education Activity

Why not take a virtual tour of the British Museum, just click here:

 Virtual Tour of The Roman Walls of Lugo, Spain

Learning to Code with Amazon Future Engineer:

Learn to Code


You can sign up for this event on the 12th June at 2.00pm to enjoy a special talk by Euan Roger who looks at quarantine during Tudor epidemics. Euan is a Principal Medieval Record Specialist and his talk will be followed by a live question and answer session.

Quarantine during Tudor Times

Listen to Peter Adamson’s podcast on the African and Indian Philosophy

Podcast on African and Indian Philosophy

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Junior Blog: 1st June 2020

Issue 6

This week has flown by so quickly and today would be the first day of the second half of the summer term. The summer term always holds many of our most favourite activities, let us hope that we are all back to school as soon as possible.

A few of you have been sending in some lovely photographs of the things that you have seen whilst out on your family walks. We have received pictures of flowers, grasses and the animals that you have come across. You will see the pictures below, see if you can identify some of the flowers.

wild flowers

This inspired me to take some photographs of my walk last night. We walked for an hour and half and met two very friendly rams; we named one Rambo and the other Hornald Schwarzenegger. See if you can spot the animal through the bushes in my second picture. To finish off our walk we were greeted by the most beautiful sunset, with the rich and full colours of burnt orange, ombre and pink; it was truly spectacular.

Two rams

Did you know that air molecules scatter away the shorter wavelengths of light (violet and blue) and the only light which penetrates through the atmosphere are the longer wavelengths of light (yellow, orange and red) which produce colourful sunsets.

Enjoy this week’s blog and look forward to seeing you all next week.


Comics For You.

We came across some fantastic websites where you can download free comics to keep you entertained during half term. Take a look and enjoy some great stories with your favourite characters from the Marvel Comics and DC Comics.

DC Comics Free Downloads

Marvel Comics Free Downloads

Your Mum and Dad will remember the Beano comic, they might even enjoy reading some of these stories with you.

Beano Gold Comics

Poetry Competition


For the second year in a row, LoveReading is running its ‘The LoveReading4Kids Poetry Prize’ in association with National Poetry Day. You have all probably heard about National Poetry Day. It is the day that we celebrate poetry in all its forms. This year it is on Thursday 1st of October. The idea behind poetry day is that it encourages people to discover and share poetry.

LoveReading4Kids embarks on its second competition for children ages 7- 11 from across the UK. The theme is ‘SeeItLikeAPoet’. The competition is looking for original poems focussed on your poet’s interpretation of Vision.

Lovereading4kids 2020 Competition

Why don’t you take a look at the poetry workshop listed on the website with poet Joshua Siegal?

Good luck!

Katie Jayne’s Interesting Fact

Did you know that Katie Jayne Tutors is part of the giving culture that is B1G1, a fantastic charity that gives to over 400+ projects a year in over 34 different countries?  Ten percent of all profits go to B1G1. Here we highlight one of those 400 projects: The Give a Nourishing Meal for a Child project in Cambodia. This project provides a nourishing meal for a vulnerable child in Cambodia for a day at school, preventing a child from dropping out of school simply because of an inability to finance meals. This great cause supplies nutrition to underprivileged children and enables them to be energetic and ready for lessons!

Take a look at some of the other projects that we are proud to help, just click here:

B1G1 Projects

Thought for the Week

See if you can play some words games with your family this week. We play a great game where we tell a story, but the difference here is that each person taking part in the game can only say one word, then it is the go of the next person playing; and so on….. this builds up a great story and always makes us laugh, and you never know where your story will go. Have fun.

Cook’s Corner

Healthy Hummus Snacks

In our senior blog we spoke about how we love to eat hummus. We thought we would share this recipe with you. It makes a fun addition to your afternoon snack time!


1 x 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

½ lemon, juiced

1 garlic clove, crushed

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp tahini

250g baby carrots

1 pot of parsley


Put the chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and tahini into a food processor and blitz to a smooth consistency. You could ask your older brother or sister to help you, or perhaps you could ask your Mum or Dad. Loosen with 1–2 tbsp water if it seems a little thick. 

Wash your carrots and make a hole in the top with a skewer or by cutting a small hole with the tip of a sharp knife, again ask an adult to help you with this bit. Dab a small amount of hummus into the hole and push in a small sprig of parsley. 

Spoon the hummus into bowls and push in the carrots. Our children love to dunk carrots, sugar snap peas and crackers into the hummus. 


Walk on The Wild Side

We could not believe how many bees we saw while we were out on our walks this week. So many bees all going about their business. See if you can take a photograph of the bees that you see while you are out on your walk. They are very speedy, so you will have to be very quick to catch them on camera.

You will be amazed at how many different types of bees there are, why not look at this bee identification guide and see how many different types of bees live in the UK.

Bee Identification Guide

How Many Bees Do We Have in the UK

Did you know that bees play a very important part in natures cycle? I always find it incredible that the bee can even take off when you look at the size of its body and the tiny translucent wings that carry it through the air. Bees are key during the warmer months; they do so much more than just fly about buzzing. They have an incredibly important part to play in keeping our planet stable. Where trees and woods are essential to filter our air, bees are vital to both pollinate the food we need to survive and pollinate many of the trees and flowers that provide habitats for wildlife. 

So next time you see a bee, remember all the good things that he or she is doing for our planet. Here is a good tip on how you can help our bees. Ask your family for an unwanted flat bowl, it could even be a plate. It needs to have very shallow sides, fill this with tiny pebbles or marbles and then fill the bowl with water, but only half-way up the side of the pebbles. Bees struggle to find places to drink from, your bee waterer will give them a safe place to stop and refresh before they carry on with their journey. Give it a go.

Educational Activity

Join the BBC’s Karate Cats in their Math challenges, click the link.

KS1 Maths Game

English – Spelling

KS1 Phase 3 Phonics


Because it is half term, we thought you might like a small break, we thought it might be nice to hear someone else read to you. Click the link to hear the Railway Children read by Sarah Ovens.

The Railway Children

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Senior Blog: 28th May 2020

Issue 5

Thank you for the photographs of the baking that has been taking place, we are very impressed with what we have seen. Especially with this Focaccia, probably because here in the office we love nothing better than dipping into some home-made hummus with a fresh slice of focaccia. We wondered if you may like to make your own hummus. It is so easy. All you need is a tin of chickpeas, a spoonful of tahini paste, a tablespoon of olive oil and any flavours that you may want to add. Whisk this all up in the blitzer! That is it… we like to add either chillies or black olives to our hummus. Give it a go.

Focaccia fresh from the oven

Our feature this week follows a Junior Doctor as she goes about her day. We will aim to show you a different career each week, giving you the chance to think about your futures, helping you to consider GCSE and A Level options.  We hope this will be really helpful. If a member of your family would like to write up ‘A Day In The Life Of’ for their job, please feel free to send this to us. It is really helpful to students when trying to choose the career for them.

Take a look below!

Thanks again for joining us, till next time!


A Day In The Life Of……..

Our first in the series of, ‘A Day In The Life Of’, follows a Junior Doctor as she carries out her day. Take a look inside and see if this might be the career for you. Each week we shall try to step inside a different career so that you can take a look.

A Day in The Life of A Junior Doctor

Career Aspirations

A day in the life of a doctor

How to become a hospital doctor: 

  • a 5-year degree in medicine, recognised by the General Medical Council.
  • a 2-year foundation course of general training.
  • 2 to 3 years of core medical training (CMT) or Acute Care Common Stem (ACCS) programme.
  • 4 to 7 years of specialist training, depending on your chosen area of medicine.

Salary – £28,243 To £74,661

Hours per week – 50+

As part of the application process to take a course in Medicine, you could be asked to take the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) or BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT). This test looks at the key skills you will need on the course, like critical thinking, problem solving, data analysis, communication and scientific knowledge.

Relevant paid or voluntary work experience is critical and most medical schools will expect you to have this.  The British Medical Association has information on finding a placement.

Find A Medical Work Placement

Entry requirements for medical school are at least 5 GCSEs grades 9 to 7 (A* or A), including English, Maths and Sciences.

A Day in The Life of a Junior Doctor

If you are looking to become a doctor or work in the field of medicine let us know, tell us about your experience.

Competition Challenge

Sir John Hurt Art Prize.

The Sir John Hurt Art Prize was established in 2012. This award and exhibition for artists in the east of England and beyond is part of the thriving Holt Festival in North Norfolk. If you are a budding artist and would like to enter, here is what you need to do. There is a small fee for entry.

Deadline:14th June 2020 enter now!
Shortlist:21st June 2020
Prizes:First Prize: £1,750 Sworders Art Prize: £750 (artist aged 16-23)
Exhibition:The Auden Theatre, Holt (26th Jul – 1st Aug 2020)
Medium:Any media.
Eligibility:UK based artists
Entry Fee:£12 for one image, £21 for two, £30 for three

  (Writing Competition)

Beverley Treasure House Commission Art Competition.

The work proposed and produced must be contemporary art that is both challenging and of a high quality.

Deadlne:10th July 2020 enter now!
Prizes:Commission Fee: £8
Exhibition:The Treasure House, Beverley (Oct-Dec 2020 – to be decided upon due to Covid-19)
Medium:Artwork must be safely constructed for displaying to the public.
Eligibility:UK and international artists
Entry Fee:None

Good luck!

Katie Jayne’s Interesting Fact:

Did you know that Katie Jayne Tutors is part of the giving culture that is B1G1, a fantastic charity that gives to over 400+ projects a year in over 34 different countries?  Ten percent of all profits go to B1G1. Here we highlight one of those 400 projects: The Give a Nourishing Meal for a Child project in Cambodia. This project provides a nourishing meal for a vulnerable child in Cambodia for a day at school, preventing a child from dropping out of school simply because of an inability to finance meals. This great cause supplies nutrition to underprivileged children and enables them to be energetic and ready for lessons!

Take a look at some of the other projects that we are proud to help, just click here:

B1G1 Projects

Thought of the Week

Why not think about a charity that you and your family feel close to and take a look at supporting them. You do not have to provide money; many charities will accept many different forms of help from taking in old unwanted items to accepting physical help. Our Katie Jayne Tutoring staff provide help to the World Wild Life Fund, The Marsden Charity, Maggie’s Cancer and Wrap Up London.

Take a look…..

Maggies’s Royal Marsden Cancer Centre

The World Wild Life Fund


Regular items……

Media Chart

The top releases are…!

Films & Series
Playing on Now TV and rated 12A in the UK, ‘Fast and Furious’ with Lawman Luke Hobbs, played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and outcast Deckard Shaw, played by Jason Statham, form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain threatens the future of humanity.

If you need something cheerful and poppy to help you through these bizarre times, look no further than Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Dedicated’: Side B.  A collection of off-cuts from her latest album – I did not let that put me off. After taking a listen I found that Carly’s off-cuts are, more often than not, still A+ pop material.

Mathway is a cool app that provides you with the tools you need to understand and solve your math problems.  Users choose the math subject they’re having difficulty with (basic math, pre-algebra, algebra, trigonometry, calculus, etc.), input the math problem and Mathway will figure out the problem and walk you through the steps.  Free.


Feel the Burn

Usually in this section we talk about ways to get fit…not this week. No this week we want you to take some time out to relax. Take a look at some of the great meditation exercises listed here.

Insight Timer is completely free and has some wonderful features, with over 30,000 guided meditations and 5,000 teachers. It’s also available as an app.

Or why not try Calm.

With a selection of free mindfulness resources and meditations , including a section for sleep and body exercises. It’s also available as an app.

Education Activity

Why not take a virtual tour of the British Museum, just click here:

Virtual Tour of the British Museum

Drawing Comics for Art Students

How to Draw Comics

Year 9 Maths

Maths Challenges for Year 9

GCSE English

Year 10 Writing Skills

Writing Tips Video

History of Design

The History of Design

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Junior Blog: 25th May 2020

Issue 5

I am sure that most of you will have been outside enjoying the sunshine. We have also been enjoying the amazing weather. Whilst sitting in our gardens we have been taking a look at some of the wonderful things that have been going on around the world whilst people have been in lock down. People are so imaginative; a chef in Sweden is delivering meals to guests at a table placed in a field by using a pulley system and a basket, in America people have been building small huts in the street to leave fun craft materials for others to help themselves to and some of our communities are using old red telephone boxes to leave books and food for their neighbours. All wonderful ways to share and have fun. If you are interested in starting your own Little Library, why not ask an older sibling or parent to help you, just click on the link to take a look at what tools and equipment you will need.

 Build Your Own Little Library 

Phone Box Library
Library phone box
Mini book shop
Mini book shop

We hope that you enjoy this week’s edition of our Junior Blog.

Until next time,

Barak Obama and his wife Michelle take some time out to go “Live from the Library”. They chose to read “The Word Collector” by Peter Reynolds. Sit back and enjoy listening to them tell the story of Jerome, a boy with purple hair who collects words.

Barak and Michelle Obama Read You A Story

The Short Story Challenge 2020

The Rainbow Factory would like children of all ages to write a creative story. Your story can be between 100-500 words and must be entered by the 6th June for the chance for it to be published!

The best submissions will be judged and will have a chance to be published in “The World as We Know It” storybook on Amazon and be available to purchase online. Also, very excitingly all proceeds from online sales will go to the NHS nurses working on the frontline.

Get your creative hats on and away you go. Good luck!

Writing Competition

Katie Jayne’s Interesting Fact

We have moved all of our students successfully over to online lessons (some as young as 3!) and we have had such positive feedback. There are so many interactive tools available and all of our teachers have received training on how to provide the most effective online sessions. We have also introduced group sessions so that a group of friends can get together and enjoy seeing their friends whilst learning.

Thought for the Week

Why not set up a zoom call with your grandparents, auntie’s or uncle’s and read them a story or ask them to choose their favourite children’s book to read to you. Have fun.

Cook’s Corner

This week I took part in a fantastic online cookery class. I decided to bake a victoria sponge and a chocolate Cake. The results were fantastic, even if I do say so myself. If you love chocolate cake as much as I do, take a look at this scrummy recipe. You will probably need an adult or older sibling to help with this one, we bake our cake as a family and then sat in the garden to have it with our afternoon tea.



185g self – raising flour

½ tsp baking powder

30g cocoa powder

140g caster sugar

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

210g milk

210g vegetable oil

3 medium eggs

40g golden syrup


200g dark chocolate (70%cocoa)

120g caster sugar

175ml double cream

1g salt

25g butter


In a large mixing bowl whisk together the milk, vegetable oil, eggs and golden syrup until completely combined. In a separate bowl sift all dry ingredients, then add these to the wet mixture. Mix until just combined, so you can no longer see any streaks of flour. Cover your bowl with a plate and rest in the fridge overnight.

The next day, preheat your oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6, lightly oil a 20cm/8inch cake tin and line with baking paper. You can choose to bake one sponge or two. If you bake two sponges. Bake for 22 minutes or until a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool while you prepare the ganache. In a heavy-based saucepan heat the cream, sugar and butter over medium heat until melted. Remove from the heat, add the chocolate and mix. Continue stirring the ganache, the heat of the pan should be enough to melt the chocolate. Allow the ganache to cool for 10 minutes before pouring generously over the top of your cooled cake. Ensure your cake is cooled before coating, this will help in setting your ganache. Serve this delicious cake as it is or with a few seasonal berries and cream for a fantastic dessert.


Walk on The Wild Side

We have really been enjoying our ‘WOWs’. There is always so much to see and do. This week we thought we would introduce you to Geocaching. You will need an adult to download the free Geocaching App onto their phone. Then choose where you would like to take your walk. The app will tell you where to start, you then use the mobile phone to show you which way to walk. On your walk you will be directed to find hidden Geocaches. Take a pen with you so that when you find the geocache you can write your name alongside all of the other people who have found that geocache and place it safely back into its hiding place. You can share your experience with other geocacher’s on the app.

A geocache is usually quite small and can be a small tub or waterproof box, inside you often find a list of other people who have found the cache and sometimes you will find other small items.


Over the last few years, the ducks pictured above were placed into several cache’s and were trackable. The ducks were found in geocaches and then moved around the country, the idea was to see how far the ducks could travel and how many geocachers moved them around from cache to cache. When you go on your geocache you can take a small item and add it to a cache, so that others may have the fun of finding it and moving it on.

Let me know how you get on.

Educational Activity

KS2 French – Numbers

Soda and Spud learn numbers together, why not join them.

KS2 French – numbers

English – Spelling

Do you have trouble spelling words that have the sound ‘shun’ in them? Help is at hand with this short video.

Spelling Video

Maths Yr. 3 -Unit and Non – Unit Fractions

Make learning fractions fun with this short quiz.

Unit & Non-Unit Fraction Quiz

Three little ducks
Three little ducks
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Senior Blog: 21st May 2020

Issue 4

In the run up to half term I have been thinking about some of the great things that I have taken part in or tried out this month. I have been just as busy in lockdown as I would normally be. But I did find that I was taking part in a number of different activities. I asked the Katie Jayne Tutoring team what they have been working on. Well the response was great! I have listed some of the imaginative and creative things that have been taking place.

  • Online cake baking lessons; pictures here (if you would like the recipes please email me).
  • Singing with Gareth Malone’s Choir.
  • Learning Greek with Duolingo.
  • Creating some amazing online lessons.
  • Buying a whole salmon and filleting it; photographs here.
  • Learning the technical side of Zoom and Google Classroom.
  • Growing vegetables AND picking the first crop to eat.
  • Drawing and making short films.
  • Creating some brilliant STEM activities.
  • Taking part in competitions.
  • Writing to our heroes to see if we get a letter in response.
A close up of a piece of cake on a plate.

A person standing in a kitchen about to prepare fish.

Tell Us Your News

Please let us know what you have all been up to. We would like to let others know what you have found useful and enjoyable, perhaps others can then join in with your activity. Thanks again for joining us, until next time!

Today’s Teenage World.

A growing teenage brain is a tricky thing to navigate at the best of times. Believe it or not your parents will sometimes struggle with how to help and nurture you. The world today is very different from the one that your parents grew up in. I am sure they have told you many times how they did not have mobile phones or how they could go out into the street and play because there were not as many cars back then and how the internet has created a new way of working and learning. All of these things are true. Some experiences from their childhood have helped to shape them into who they are today. Professionals in the world of education and the teenage brain feel that the items listed below are all positive ways to get through childhood and into your young adult years with a bright outlook and the ability to arm yourself with tools to help you in life:

  1. Loving unconditionally can help you to be yourself and does not depend on a person’s grades, performance or friendship groups.
  2. Having a growth mindset helps with future challenges. Being able to think about things from all angles and in a different way allows you to find new solutions to problems.
  3. See the positives in failure. Failure can affect self-esteem and confidence, discussing where things went off track, what influenced decisions, what you learnt and how to move forward from your disappointments are all key to overcoming obstacles that may crop up in your future.
  4. Congratulate accomplishments, milestones, and growth by understanding how your hard work, effort, and perseverance were the main factors of success. 
  5. Identify areas where you are struggling and encourage conversations with your family, this is an opportunity for you to grow, learn and expand your interests and abilities.
  6. If you stick to something wholeheartedly, you will embrace a growth mindset and can build confidence along the way, even if you are not very good at something yet.
  7. Reassurance is vital when you are experiencing new situations which can often be overwhelming and emotional. These challenges are all normal. Building self-esteem and confidence can often mean dealing with a difficult situation; like moving out of a difficult friendship and making choices that impact peer groups or your social standing.
  8. Being assertive can really help you to stand up for what you believe is right. Learning this at an early age is very useful.
  9. Practising and being good at something is important, more so than being famous or popular on Instagram, Twitter and other social media channels.

See what Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones Actress) has to say about being a young actress and enjoying being talented at something she loves.

Maisie Williams

Career Aspirations

The world of technology is one of the fastest growing platforms, creating jobs that will need employees like you over the next ten to twenty years. Some of the jobs from the future have not yet been created. When we were young there was a great programme that aired on the BBC called, ‘Tomorrow’s World’. The presenters would show ideas and inventions that would impact our lives in the future. Being forward thinking will allow you to see career’s that you think may suit you …. Take a look at some of the links below for inspiration.

Top 8 Skills Employers look for

Complex problem-solving….

Critical thinking. …

Creativity. …

People management. …

Coordinating with others. …

Emotional intelligence. …

Judgement and decision-making. …

Service orientation. …

How Steve Jobs Changed the World

Exploring Creative Frontiers with IBM

Adaptability in the World of Start-ups

Top Ten Jobs in the UK 2020

  1. Enterprise architect
  2. Product manager
  3. Operations manager
  4. Business development manager
  5. DevOps engineer
  6. Data scientist
  7. HR business partner
  8. Finance manager
  9. Delivery manager
  10. Contract manager

Check in with Career Aspirations next week to read ‘A Day in The Life Of’ where we speak to business people from different walks of life, working in the career they love.

Student books and graduation cap
What do you want to do after finishing your education?

Competition Challenge

The Young Walter Scott Prize is looking at the world in history. Write a story with historical relevance and accuracy, originality, a good grasp of language, characterisation and plot – but above all writing that comes from the heart.  You can write in prose, poetry, drama, fictional diaries, letters or reportage.  Stories must be set in the past – any time before you were born!

Category winners receive a £500 travel and research grant to further explore historical places in the UK, and a two-day trip to the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland.  The runners-up in each category receive a £100 book token, and all the winning stories are published in a special YWSP anthology book.

If you are aged between 11 and 19 and interested in history and writing, the Young Walter Scott Prize is a great place for you to either start your writing adventure or continue practising your writing skills.  Half term will give you a little more time to get stuck in and get a story down on paper.  The competition closes on 31st October 2020, but entries can be sent in as soon as possible!

Writing Competition

Good luck!

Katie Jayne’s Interesting Fact:

We have moved all of our students successfully over to online lessons (some as young as 3!) and we have had such positive feedback. There are so many interactive tools available and all of our teachers have received training on how to provide the most effective online sessions. We have also introduced group sessions so that a group of friends can get together and enjoy seeing their friends whilst learning.

Thought of the Week

What plans do you and your family have for half term? Why not try out some of the great things that have been listed in this issue and the last three editions of the Senior Blog. Let us know what you have planned. Email us at info@katiejayne.co.uk.

Media Chart

The top releases are…!

Films & Series

On the 17th July a new movie hits the UK called ‘TENET’. An action epic revolving around international espionage, time travel and evolution. Starring Michael Caine and John Washington. A great movie for those 13+ viewers.


Charli XCX unveils her new album ‘How I’m Feeling Now’, which has been written, recorded and produced entirely in lockdown. 


Hits Yourself – Your Face in 3D, Gif Animations. Create your own dance video with your friends. There are dozens of songs and you can dance along and add your face!


Feel the Burn

Those wishing to get out and start moving around try the Adidas Training App by Runtastic. A great workout fitness app.

Education Activity

GCSE – Math

Ratio & Fractions, Yr 10

GCSE English

Spelling & Punctuation.

Spelling & Punctuation Yr. 10


Any research needed for a subject that you are studying can be found here – why not take a look?

Subject Research 

Parliament & How It Works


Learn about the Budget

Budget Workshop

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Junior Blog: 18th May

Issue 4

What a great week! With the VE Day celebrations, National Nurse Day, the announcement that some Primary School children might be returning to class in June and Captain Tom Moore has raised an incredible £32,796,450 for the NHS, what better news could we ask for to keep us all going? We hope that you enjoy this week’s edition of our Junior Blog. Please write in and tell us what has kept you going over the last eight weeks.

Until next time,

Wild Art Competition 2020

All you need to do to enter is to create a piece of art inspired by nature. Use your imagination and let it run WILD!

There are two categories to choose from this year: REAL LIFE – entries using the more traditional approach of paints, pastels, acrylics, pens or pencil and our new GO WILD category – for those of you who want to ‘go wild’ in every sense of the word. To enter this category, experiment with textiles, sculpture, recycled and eco-friendly materials, collages – anything goes!

It is really easy to enter, just email a photo of your artwork to competitions@rspb.org.uk with the heading WildArt 2020 Competition, and don’t forget to put your age and category selection on your work! Shortlisted artists will be notified after the closing date.

WildArt is split into three age groups: under 8’s, 8-12, and 13 years and over. Good luck all you budding artists!

Wild Art Competition 2020

Duck drawing
Wildlife and art – what a wonderful combination!

Katie Jayne’s Interesting Fact

We have had some wonderful feedback about our teachers and wanted to share that with you and say ‘thank you’ to our great team!

“I have been very impressed with Katie Jayne Tutors, it really helped to boost Lucy’s confidence, and has definitely helped her to achieve some fantastic results. Our teacher was diligent, patient, and he was very focussed with Lucy. We are very grateful for his help. We will definitely be in touch in about 18 months to help our younger daughter”. Linda, London.

Thought for the Week

It looks as though you will be looking forward to going back to school in June. A time to see your friends and enjoy learning in a classroom again. Think about the things you have missed about being at school and draw a picture to give to your teacher when you return.

Cook’s Corner

This week we thought you may like to choose one of the recipes from TASTY. Click on the link below and look at the recipes. We chose the fabulous Pineapple Sorbet. A two-ingredient recipe and you can interchange fruits, swapping the pineapple for kiwi, blackberry and peach.


1 lb frozen pineapple (455 g), chunks
1 tablespoon honey


Blend all the ingredients in a food processor or high-speed blender until thoroughly combined.
Pour into a rectangular old ice cream tub and smooth into an even layer.
Freeze for 2 hours, or until frozen. Let it sit out at room temperature for about 5-10 minutes before scooping, Finally, scoop into a bowl.


Tasty Recipes 

Walk on The Wild Side

Walk My Walk

Get together with your friends and plan a day for your family Walk on the Wild Side.  You set out with your family from a planned starting point half an hour or an hour before your friends. During your walk stop every so often and leave very small coloured ribbons on a tree, bush, gate etc. These ribbons will direct your friends to follow your route.

Your friends then set off on their family walk, starting at the same point that you did an hour before. They follow your ribbons collecting them on the way. This is a fun way to share a walk with friends whilst keeping safely apart. The ribbons are then ready for your friends to use next time. Then it will be their turn to take the first walk, placing ribbons for you to follow and collect.

‘WOWs’ are so much fun. We really hope you enjoy this the ‘Walk My Walk’. Why don’t you take photographs of you and your family at each ribbon point and send it to your friends on WhatsApp as a clue of where the trail leads. Have fun!

Family walking in nature
Take your family Walk on the Wild Side

Educational Activity

Story Time

Listen to the story of Arnie the Doughnut as he makes his way from the kitchen and steps into his new life. Read by Chris O’Dowd.

Arnie the Doughnut Story  

What Causes Cavities

This five-minute video by Mel Rosenberg explains why we get cavities and what you can do to stop them.

What Causes Cavities?

Weather and Climate from Q Files Encyclopaedia

Find out why weather plays such an important part in our lives. Why predicting the weather is so important and how weather forecasters gather information from satellites and space stations?

Picture of a space station.
Find out how weather forecasters find out the information from space.



Find out what happens in a volcanic eruption. Find out what stratovolcano, igneous rock and magma is and what happens to a volcano when it is said to be active. There are at least 1500 active volcanoes above sea level around the world, with possibly more than 10,000 active volcanoes under the oceans. Discover how we track them and what we have learnt from their eruptions.


Volcano in the process of erupting
What happens during a volcano?
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Senior Blog – 14th May 2020

Welcome to the KJ Tutors Senior Blog!

Issue 3

What a fantastic bank holiday weekend! Hopefully some of you managed to get involved in some of the wonderful VE day celebrations that took place on Friday 8th May.  Roads near us were lined with families celebrating in their own front gardens with flags, picnics and music from the 1940’s and 1950’s, with many dressing up in vintage costume. If you and your family celebrated in this way please send us some photographs, we would love to see them. We would love to include your stories in one of our blogs, just email us at info@katiejayne.co.uk. We have been sent some wonderful video footage of the Red Arrows flying over Surrey in the formation of a number 75 and houses adorned with bunting….

Our feature this week comes from the Institute of Engineering and Technology and any student aged between 7 and 15 years old can take part either alone, with their school or with family members.  The challenge asks young people to see if they can assist in helping people around the world in times of need, working in the way engineers do to design a new product. The brief and guidelines are highlighted below in this week’s feature article. The winner could be featured on the IET website. Take a look below!

Thanks again for joining us, till next time!


The Virtual Faraday Challenge

Why not get involved with the Virtual Faraday Challenge, hosted by the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

The brief for the challenge is in the link below.  Those taking part have to demonstrate that they have the engineering and design skills required to think of a solution and produce a design for a new product that will help people around the world in times of need.

This is a chance for young people to get creative, there is no time limit. Entries need to be submitted as a PowerPoint presentation following the guidance in the brief. The best entries will receive a prize from the Institute of Engineering and Technology and may even feature on their website.

You can encourage your friends to take part and perhaps even ask your Science or Design teacher if your class can try this as a whole team challenge; or maybe you have very creative family members who want to get involved!

We would love to see your ideas so don’t forget to let us know how you get on. Good luck to all you budding designers and engineers, let your imagination go!

The Virtual Faraday Challenge

Career Aspirations

After many years of teaching children, we know that you may not have found out what it is that you would like to do for a career. Some students know from a young age that they are destined to be a doctor, saving lives and caring for people. Whilst others have a burning ambition to embed themselves within the sciences, working for a research company looking to find a cure for cancer. But for many this is not the case. We think that the best way to find out what it is that you would like to study at university is to take a look at many different courses, talk to those people within your social circle who already do that job, chat to your careers advisor or write to a company and ask for work experience…you may find out that an apprenticeship is the way forward for you. Whichever route you choose, information is a powerful tool to help you make that decision and start to take your first steps forward on your journey.

We have found an amazing list of free online courses provided by over 30 of the world’s top universities. Why not take advantage of these… sign up to a free course today before you make up your mind about where you would like your future to head. Below I have listed a few of the free courses but the choice is fantastic, with access to most subjects ranging from Architecture to Philosophy and Languages…. Take a look! You might surprise yourself.

Surgeons at work
It’s not too early to start thinking about your future.

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

Astophysics Exploring Exoplanets

Climate Action in Biodiverse Landscapes

 Linear Algebra – From Foundations to Frontiers

Good luck!

Competition Challenge

Are you good at drawing? Do you often draw new designs and imagine them working in the real world? If so, why not try out the National Geographic Formula E Racing Car Design Competition.

The Envision Virgin Racing Team and their Race Against Climate Change program are looking to protect the planet. Formula E cars reach speeds of up to 280kmph. Maybe you are missing the sound of the Formula 1 & Formula E racing cars thundering around the track? Or maybe you just love to draw and design new things.

The competition is to design and draw your own Formula E racing car that is inspired by something that you love about the planet. National Geographic have partnered with Envision Virgin Racing to give the winner the opportunity to: see their design on a REAL Formula E car, two tickets to an ABB Formula E race in 2021, a signed copy of their drawing, a personalised message from a professional racing driver, plus a FREE subscription to National Geographic Kids.

All you need to do is draw your own Formula E car, take a picture and submit it at the website on the link below:

Competition: Racing Car Design

To help here is a basic video on how to draw a racing car:

How to Draw A Racing Car Video

Good luck!

Katie Jayne’s Interesting Fact:

More children are improving their skills during lockdown by taking on an extra class with one of our tutors, taking advantage of the time you now have to get ahead of the pack. Additional learning is a great motivator to improve your grades and advance your understanding of a subject. #lovelearning 

Online tutoring via Zoom
Continue your tutoring online to avoid falling behind in your learning

Thought of the Week

‘It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things!’

Let us know about your accomplishments this week. Email us at info@katiejayne.co.uk.

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Media Chart

The top releases are…!

Films & Series

Sticking with our racing car theme ‘Le Mans ’66’ is the story of how Ferrari and Ford fought for supremacy on the Le Mans track, following the driver Ken Miles as he designs and creates one of the fastest racing cars of the time, with the legend Carroll Shelby. You may know Carroll Shelby by his genius automotive design that led to the building of the Ford Shelby AKA ‘Eleanor’ from the film ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’.


We cannot ignore the wonderful pairing of Ariana Grande and Justin Beiber with their new release Stuck With You.


‘Houseparty’ has run steadily up the charts since lockdown, with more teenagers using the app week on week. A great free and safe way to connect with your friends. Enjoy!

Feel the Burn

After the Government’s announcement on Sunday releasing the restrictions slightly on our power to move around and exercise, with parental agreement you could start an outdoor exercise regime with your family. Why not exercise by walking to your local park, take a bat and ball or some badminton racquets and have a family game. Enjoy getting out, get some fresh air and have a change of scene. We decided on a game of short cricket – a slightly shorter version of the game but it definitely got us out of breath…. 

Frog figures playing sport
Fancy a game?

Education Activity

The Wonders of the Molecular World

The Wonders of the Molecular World Talk

The Beautiful, Mysterious Science Of How You Hear

How do we hear?

Delve into the world of our hearing…..How does our ear turn the decimal signals into a full auditory experience…

The Beautiful, Mysterious Science of How You Hear Talk

GCSE – Math

The Perimeter and Area of 2D Shapes 

Perimeter & 2D Shapes

GCSE English

Writing about Structure.

Writing About Structure

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Junior Blog: 11th May 2020

Issue 3

We have had a couple of brilliant drawings and photographs sent in to us this week from a few of our readers. Holly’s drawing stood out because it sends a positive message from a character that we love, Spiderman! He happens to be dressed in his blue NHS uniform and we loved the wonderfully bright blue and red colours that jump off the page. We also wanted to celebrate Holly’s plan to draw every single day, practicing her skills. Really fab job Holly!

You can see more of Holly’s artwork on her instagram page: Holly’s Art  

Winning drawing of Spiderman fighting the Coronavirus
Holly’s drawing – isn’t it amazing?

Pet Portrait

Some of you may already know that at Katie Jayne Tutors the resident cat is the wonderful Clawdia Winklecat. Clawdia is usually seen around the office, often curled up in her basket, but today we were lucky enough to have some help with the paperwork from Monkey Dunkey.  As you can see from this photograph Monkey seems to be taking her work very seriously indeed!

It would really make our day if you could send us some photographs of your pet helping you with your school work. Ask a parent or older sibling to email us a picture of your beloved animal friend so that we can feature them in our Animal Gallery along with the photos from our pet loving team of tutors..

Photograph of a favourite family pet

Katie Jayne’s Interesting Fact

This year will be the fifth year in a row (since the company started) that our wonderful team of tutors have achieved a 100% success rate in helping our students to secure places at their chosen school. We are so proud of our dedicated teachers and hardworking children.

Thought for the Week

Take a photograph of your pet, or if you do not have a pet draw a picture of your favourite animal and send it in to us. We love our pooches and feline friends and we are sure you do too!

The office cat
Our Katie Jayne Tutors cat knows the best bag to hide in!

Cook’s Corner

French Stick Pizza


1 French stick (or enough for you & your family)

Your favourite cheese, grated

1 onion, sliced

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

Optional toppings: Pineapple chunks, olives, salami, basil, bacon, pepperoni and any other pizza topping you like.


Cut your French stick into manageable lengths.

Slice the lengths through the middle (ask an adult to help).

Place your French stick lengths on to a grill pan and place under the heat to slightly toast.

Remove from the grill and top your French stick with the chopped tomatoes, then add the onion and cheese.

Place the grill pan back under the heat until the cheese starts to melt.

Remove from the grill and add your chosen toppings.

Place the grill pan back under the heat until your toppings are nicely cooked.

Your French stick pizzas are now ready to eat…. Be careful they will be really hot but incredibly tasty.

Walk On The Wild Side


Each day we are seeing more and more beautiful butterflies in our garden; such a variety of colours and with the most wonderful names like Orange Tip, Red Admiral and Holly Blue. To help turn your ‘WOWs’ into a flutter in the park, why don’t you stop for a short time and sit on a park bench. If you sit quietly you may be lucky enough to see some butterflies gently flap past you, going about their daily business (usually this consists of them collecting nectar from their favourite flowers). If you do not recognise the butterflies you see, be sure to write down what colours, spots and markings they were carrying on their wings. When you get home use this handy butterfly identification page to help you work out the name of your butterfly.

Identify Me!

Educational Activity

Music to my ears!

Here you can take lessons, practice new pieces, play along tracks, licks and riffs and chord charts. Impress your music teacher or family with something you have learnt.

Music To My Ears

Audible stories for free.

Click on the link and choose a category that suits you, we suggest Littlest Listeners and Folk and Fairy Tales.

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

STEM Activities for Primary Children

Are you interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math? If so, why not get involved in the First Lego League Junior: Lego League 

Or you can design and create a building of your own for Boom Town. Click on the link to find out how: BoomTown Building 

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Senior blog – 7th May 2020

Welcome to the KJ Tutors Senior Blog!

Issue 2

We hope that you have had a really good week; we cannot believe how fast the time is flying by.  Here at Katie Jayne’s we have been busy keeping fit and learning new things. Hopefully you were able to take advantage of some of the useful information and links we provided last time. It would be great to find out what you have all been getting up to. Do get in touch with us to let us know what new things you have been learning, just email us at info@katiejayne.co.uk. We would love to include your stories in one of our blogs.

This week our regular feature ‘Feel the Burn’ introduces you to a new app which will help you with your workouts at home, while ‘Career Aspirations’ delves into the world of Google. Let us know what new apps, music, films and websites you have enjoyed so that we can share those with our readers.

And don’t forget to vote for your favourite biscuit, as mentioned last week. Thanks for joining us, till next time!

Sam, Business Development Manager, Katie Jayne Tutoring

Resources for English

We thought some of the English resources available may be of some help to those of you studying English Literature and Language at GCSE level. Below we have added a number of helpful links to continue your learning. Use these resources alongside those given to you at school. We have a passion for English and love to talk about it! We hope that you do too!

Blood Brothers Plot Summary 

Frankenstein Video of Plot Summary

GCSE Grammar Video

GCSE Punctuation Video

Much Ado About Nothing Video

Comparing Poems

Career Aspirations

This week we are delving into the world of Google! Did you know that Google provide a number of free online courses that you can take advantage of now? These courses will help to prepare you for the world of work, help you to understand how Google Analytics can impact on a business or help you to make a website work for you.  Click the link below to start accessing Google’s measurement tools set up by the Google Analytics Education team. You can learn Analytics for beginners or for the more advanced and how to use analytics to track business performance and identify areas for improvement. You can also become familiar with BigQuery, Google Marketing Platform products, and Google Ad Manager or discover how Google Tag Manager can simplify the management process for marketers, analysts, and developers. If you are thinking of a career in this field step up and take the online courses to get yourself ahead of the game.

Google Analytics Academy

Good luck!

Competition Challenge

Have you ever walked amongst London’s beautiful buildings and wondered how the architect thought of the design? Or pondered over how the construction team got to work? If so, why not try out the Open City London
Junkitecture Challenge 2.

Key judging criteria: creative use of reused materials and creative engagement with your chosen character. The deadline is May 22nd 2020 (at the top of the page the date is listed as the 4th May 2020 but if you scroll to the bottom of the page the correct deadline date is listed).

Open City has some wonderful resources if you are interested in architecture, so why not check out their website.

Junkitecture – Challenge 2

Good luck!

Katie Jayne’s Interesting Fact:

This year will be the fifth year in a row  that our wonderful team of tutors have achieved a 100% success rate in helping our students to secure places at their chosen school. We are so proud of our dedicated teachers and hardworking children.

Thought of the Week

The white-tailed eagle has been spotted in England for the first time in 240 years. With a wing-span of 2.5 metres – making it the UK’s largest bird of prey – this particular type of eagle has not been seen in England since 1780, despite some birds being spotted in Scotland until 1916! Think about how the human race can learn to live more effectively with nature. Let us know your thoughts by emailing us at info@katiejayne.co.uk.

Regular items……

Media Chart

The top releases are…!

Films & Series

‘Gotham’ the story of how  Batman became the formidable crime fighter known as the Dark Knight is now available on Netflix.


‘If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know) is the new single from The 1975.


Memrise has had a new update and has been rated 4.7 out of 5. Turns learning languages into a game.


Feel the Burn


Try Peloton free for 30 days. Take advantage of classes in over ten disciplines including; Outdoor, Stretching, Walking, Cycling, Running, Strength, Yoga, Bootcamp, Cardio and Meditation.


Education Activity

‘Kind of Book UK’ promise to find the best eBook promotions for your Kindle, tablet, smartphone or computer on a daily basis, for free or heavily discounted prices (up to -90%). Why not download some of the books that you might be learning during your English Literature lessons next term.

Kind of Book for Books at great prices

Memrise App

To continue with your language practice try the newly updated app – Memrise. Click on the button above to link you to the app.


STEM Activity – The Great Exhibition

Explore the wonderful world of technology and inventions with the The Great Exhibition. Illuminate basic principles in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math with this great activity… Get involved yourself or encourage your school to take part! Get going and good luck!

BBC Bitesize Topics   KS3 Maths – Algebra

Take lessons, practice improvisation pieces, playalong tracks, licks and riffs and chord charts. Impress your music teacher with something you have learnt.

www.8notes.com Music Practice

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Juniors blog – 4th May 2020

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4th May, 2020

Welcome to the KJ Tutors Junior Blog!Issue 2

We cannot believe that a whole week has gone by since our last blog. We hope that you have stepped straight back into your school work again with lots of energy. The Easter break is always nice but it is great to get back to school, allbeit in a slightly different way to normal. Some schools are managing to hold group lessons so that you can enjoy learning with your class, it is fun to see your friend’s faces while you learn.

Don’t forget to take a look at our regular features: ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ talks about making your family walk fun by getting to know your birds and ‘Cooks Corner’ shows you how to make No-Bake Honey Nut Cheerio Snack Bars. When we made our snack bars we used the ingredients that we love and that we had in the kitchen cupboard. Alternate the ingredients to suit the tastes your family love. Do send us some photographs of your handywork in the kitchen.

This weeks special feature looks at the new Gruffalo book explaining Corona Virus. Hopefully this will answer some of the questions that are important to you.

Thanks for joining us and have fun!

‘Gruffalo help with understanding the Corona Virus’

The Gruffalo has been very busy writing a new book to help us all understand what Corona Virus is. We have read the new book and think that the pictures are fantastic. You can download the book to read for free, just click on the link below.

The book covers all of the questions that you may have about the Corona Virus, like;

What is the coronavirus? • How do you catch the coronavirus? • What happens if you catch the coronavirus? • Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus? • Is there a cure for the coronavirus? • Why are some places we normally go to closed? • What can I do to help? • What’s going to happen next?

Gruffalo Explains Corona Virus

Katie Jayne’s Interesting Fact:

Our team of dedicated and qualified teachers can run group online lessons with your child’s friends so that learning is still fun and interactive. And you can share the cost…..

Thought of the Week

If you are following ‘Cooks Corner’ and have made some snack bars for your family why not send us some pictures for us to use in our blog next time, and if you have neighbours who live alone, why not make an extra couple of bars and drop them off on their doorstep to cheer up their day!

Regular items……

Cooks Corner
No-Bake Honey Nut Cheerios Snack Bars

1/4 cup creamy unsalted butter,
1/4 cup honey,
1/4 cup light brown sugar,
1 tablespoon vanilla extract,
3 cups Honey Nut Cheerios (or similar; plain Cheerios may be substituted for a less sweet bar),
1 cup raisins,
1 cup honeyroasted peanuts,
1 cup chopped almonds, 1/2 cup chocolate-covered sunflower seeds,
optional pinch of sea salt for sprinkling.

1. Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil leaving overhang, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine butter, honey, brown sugar, and heat on high power for 1 minute to melt.
3. Stop to stir. Mixture will be on the granular side, this is okay.
4. Return bowl to microwave and heat for 1 more minute on high power. Stop to stir
5. Return bowl to microwave and heat for 1 more minute on high power. Stop to stir. On this third and final burst, mixture will become quite bubbly and foamy; ask an older family member to help you here and use caution when removing the bowl from the microwave, because this is boiling hot caramel and can cause burns.
6. Stir in the vanilla using caution because mixture could bubble up.
7. Stir in the cereal.
8. Stir in the optional raisins (or nuts).
9. Turn mixture out into prepared pan, packing it down firmly with a spatula and smoothing the top.
10. Optionally, sprinkle evenly with sunflower seeds and salt (the salt cuts some of the sweetness and I recommend it!)
11. Cover pan with a sheet of foil (to prevent fridge smells), and place pan in fridge to set up for at least 2 to 3 hours, or overnight, or until bars are completely set before lifting out with foil overhang, slicing, and serving.
12. Bars will keep airtight in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 6 months. I recommend storing them in the fridge rather than room temp because they soften and get loose.

Weekly Walk on the Wild Side…

Every week we will be adding another way to make your family walk more exciting, helping to educate you and your family about the nature around us.

Before your walk this week visit the RSPB website to see what type of birds you might see on your walk. Draw a few birds on a piece of paper and name them underneath. When you are out walking take some time to look up in the sky and in the trees to see what birds you can identify.
If you spy a bird that you do not recognise click on the link below so that you can identify the bird.

Identify Your Bird

You can also continue bird watching in your own back garden or from your window. You could get together with your brother, sister or older relatives to make a small bird hide in your garden so that you can sit in amongst nature and watch the birds come and go without disturbing them. We decided that we would build two hides in our garden. The first hide was made from a small sun tent we usually use when we go to the beach. This worked well and it was nice and warm! Our second bird hide was made from some recently cut tree branches, a little more chilly but great fun to build. We have seen Greenfinches, Robins, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Blackbirds, a Red Spotted Woodpecker, a Barn Owl, Pigeons, Crows and a really big Crane. One evening we decided to sit next to our bird hides with a cup of piping hot chocolate to see if we could see any bats flying above, we counted four!
We shall definitely be using our bird hides each week. Tell us all about your Bird Walk, ask your parents to email us and perhaps we can include your Bird Walk news in our next blog!

Education Activity

Geography 'A Tour of Africa'

We may not be able to travel at the moment but we can virtually tour parts of the world. Why not learn more about Africa by clicking on the link above.

Guitar, Ukelele & Bass lessons

Music is such an important part of our lives. Why not sign up for this 3-month offer for free guitar, bass and ukulele lessons. Keep up your practice whilst in lockdown and see how much you improve.

Maths KS 1 & 2

There are some wonderul websites helping children with their maths schoolwork and none better than ‘The Math Factor’. You can log in yourself and make learning fun, pick your topic and off you go!

How To Use Apostrophes

Learn and practice using apostrophes. Click on the link above to watch two videos to help you understand possession.

Send us the most interesting thing you learnt!

Staff at Katie Jayne Tutors have tested the links attached; they were all working at the time of writing.

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Senior Blog – 30th April 2020

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30th April, 2020

Welcome to the KJ Tutors Senior Blog!
Issue 1

This blog is aimed at you. We want to share some great educational tools and ways for you to keep in touch with things that interest you. We will be providing you with lots of links to topics that will help you with your school work. Each week we can work together to keep your mind and body active. If you have a good idea, a great resource or you would like to let us know what you have been doing during lockdown, just get in touch with us by emailing info@katiejayne.co.uk.

There will be regular features: such as our ‘Feel the Burn’, ‘Katie’s Interesting Facts’, ‘Poll Vote’, ‘Media Market’, ‘Competition Challenge’ and ‘Career Aspirations’ so keep an eye on those.

We shall also have special features covering subjects that are important to you.

Thanks for joining us and have fun!

Poll Vote

We thought that it might be fun to have a poll once a month to find out what you love….. for example – favourite biscuit!
I would definitely vote custard cream.

So this month email us at info@katiejayne.co.uk and tell us which biscuit gets your vote, choose any not just those pictured. You can have up to four votes (so that you can include your family too!).

Career Aspirations

Do you have thoughts of entering the Creative Industries? Click the link below to join a free, two week course with Mick Grierson who is Professor of Creative Computing at the UAL Creative Computing Institute. You will learn
what AI in the creative industries actually looks like; what skills you need in order to work in the creative industries using AI and how you can go about getting these skills in order to develop a career. Good luck!

More info...

Competition Challenge

Have you ever written a poem and thought, “this is quite good!”?

Do you look around and everything you see becomes the line in a ditty?

Is Laura Dockrill your inspiration?

If so why not enter the Foyle Young Poets Competition! It is free to enter and open to everyone aged between 11-17 years old on 31st July 2020. Good luck!

More info...

Katie Jayne’s Interesting Fact:

Our team of dedicated and qualified teachers can run group online lessons with your child’s friends so that learning is still fun and interactive. And you can share the cost…..

Thought of the Week

How about scheduling your couch to 5k with your family and send us some pics for us to use in our blog next time!

Regular items……

Media Chart

The top releases are…!
‘Upload’ from the writers of The Office and Parks and Recreation. A comedy about life with a virtual reality angle.

Charity single release ‘Times Like These’ from Radio 1’s Live Lounge featuring Dua Lipa, Chris Martin and Bastille.Enjoy!

Coursera is the top trending education app

Feel the Burn
Looking after your health and body is important throughout your life. Having a great attitude to fitness will help you to keep positive. We know many friends who have started the NHS Couch to 5k. We thought this might be something you and your family could do together. In Week 1, you will begin with a brisk 5-minute warm-up walk, then you will alternate 60 seconds of running, with 90 seconds of walking, for a total of 20 minutes. A nice way to start for everyone in your family unit. You can download the Strava App to help you keep track of your exercise.

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Education Activity


Choose from a wide variety of books. All age groups and different languages.


Why not keep up with language learning? Click on the button above to access free resources and stay well practiced.

Cooking & Science

Explore how everyday cooking and haute cuisine can illuminate basic principles in chemistry, physics, and engineering. Learn about food molecules and how chemical reactions can affect food texture and flavour.

Yr 8 Math

Year 8 Math lesson – solving complex ratio problems with BBC Bitesize.

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Juniors Blog – 27th April 2020

Issue 1

This blog is aimed at you. We want to share some fun ideas, great educational tools, ways to keep in touch with things that interest you and lots of links to topics that will help you with your school work. Each week we can work together to keep your mind and body active. You can also share your own ideas, just ask your parents to get in touch with us.

There will be regular features: such as our ‘Walk on the Wild Side’, ‘Katie’s Interesting Facts’, ‘Thought for the Week’ and ‘Cooks Corner’ so keep an eye on those. We shall also have special features, covering subjects that you are probably already learning about with your school.

Thanks for joining us and have fun!


‘Walk on the Wild Side’

Every week we shall be taking a look at the wonderful things you can see and do when you go out for a walk. Nature is all around us, whether you live in a town, village or the countryside. Each week we shall give you some ideas to make your family walk interesting, educational and fun for you and your family!

Why don’t you have a chat with everyone in your family and set a time for your daily ‘Walk on the Wild Side’. Let’s shorten that to WoWs …
Even though we are all indoors, nature has continued at its normal pace, budding and buzzing into life around us. There is a huge amount to see and over the next few weeks we shall teach you about nature and the world around you.We hope you will also be able to tell us some interesting facts that we might not know! 

Notebook and pencil
Take a notebook and pencil on your Walk on the Wild Side

A few things that you will need on your WoWs:

-Small container

-Sticky tape placed around your wrist – sticky  side out

-Camera (Parent or Older Sibling phone)

-Plain paper and some pencils.

Bluetit on a hawthorn branch
Blue tit perched on Hawthorn a Spring branch.

Sticky Tape

Place some sticky tape around your wrist – sticky side out. When you go out for your walk, make sure you look around you collecting interesting items and sticking them to your band. When you get home take a look at what you have found and draw a picture of your WoWs. Don’t forget not to damage any flowers and plants that are growing and remember to put any natural habitats back the way you found them.

Leaf Foliage

This week why don’t you see how many different types of leaves you can collect on your WoWs. When you get home look up what type of tree your leaf has come from. You can then place some plain paper over your leaves and using a pencil rub over the leaf to create your own leaf drawing, be creative. Send us some pictures of your work.

A nature walk scene
Take notes of different flowers, leaves and trees that you see.

Barking up the Right Tree!

Stop at a few different trees. With your paper, cover over part of the tree bark and rub your pencil across the paper. This will give you a lovely bark rubbing. When you get home you can look on the Woodland Trust website www.woodlandtrust.org.uk  to identify the tree. Or perhaps you could set your family a quiz to see how well they know their trees. Good luck!

Learning with friends with Katie Jayne Tutors

Our team of dedicated and qualified teachers can run group online lessons with your child’s friends so that learning is still fun and interactive. And you can share the cost with other parents whilst giving your children an engaging and interactive learning session.

Thought of the WeekFamily walks in nature

How about scheduling a walk with your family and send us some pics for us to use in our blog next time.

Weekly Walk on the Wild Side…

 Each week we shall be updating the activities you can do when you go for your ‘Walk on the Wild Side’.

Education Activity


This week try out this amazing quiz and find out how much you know about the human body.


What language are you learning at school or at home? Click the link above and click on your choosen language. You can set up a profile and then practice writing, speaking and reading in your new language. With 10 or 20 minutes of practice every day you will soon be on your way.

Dan Snow History

Our peak at history this week is the mystery of the ‘Lost Coins of Alexander the Great!’.

Science and Media Museum

Apollo 11 & the Moon.  The science behind broadcasting from the Moon.

Send us the most interesting thing you learnt!

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Getting ready to prepare some Frozen Banana Lollies

Cooks Corner

Frozen Banana Lollies


4 Strawberries

100g Natural Yoghurt

200g Chocolate(optional)

1Tbsp 100’s & 1000’s

Lolly sticks or skewers


Peel bananas, chop into 4 equal sized chunks.

Thread a strawberry and then a piece of banana onto your skewer.

When your banana pops are made lay them on  a baking tray. Place in the freezer for 1 hour.

Put the yoghurt into a small glass and dip each pop into the glass coating well. Avoid coating the strawberry.

Place back on tray and refreeze until set.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring after each blast. Dip the end of the pop into the chocolate and then coat with 100’s & 1000’s.

Keep in the freezer for up to one week……


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* One month’s worth of tutoring equates to two hours a week for one child for one calendar month.

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How to help your child manage workload and exam stress!

Stress!!! It’s International Stress Awareness Week and so we thought this was a very appropriate time to discuss this topic. For many children, big exams will be the first time they’ve ever really had to deal with managing pressure – so how can we help them deal with stress, so they learn from an early age the best methods for dealing with pressure and exam anxiety.

Most students feel stress at some point in their educational life. This can be brought on by a variety of different factors: friendship issues, heavy workloads or exams – to name but a few.

Learning to cope with stress is something we could all benefit from. As adults we are definitely not experts, but over the years our team here at Katie Jayne Tutors have worked with children of all ages preparing them both academically and pastorally for their exams. Our qualified team are fully trained and they have given us a few helpful pointers which we thought we could share with you…

There are some basic lifestyle changes to make that could help you cope with the extra pressure at exam time:

  • Get more sleep
  • Use relaxation techniques
  • Time management
  • Saying ‘NO’
  • Take time out to enjoy yourself too
  • Diversion techniques
  • Using creative thinking
  • Personal Resilience
  • Talk to someone who will understand

Stress can appear when we feel that certain situations, like exams, put pressure on us. There is a lot more to think about than usual and we feel as though we have less control. How we cope with those demands that are placed on us is the key to keeping healthy.

We all need to share and talk about how we feel. Building a good network of supportive friends and confidantes can play a large part in getting through the tough times.

The wonderful thing about exams though, is that there are learning techniques that you can pick up or seek out that can really help!

little boy exhausted tired stressed of reading, doing homework

For further information and tips, check out:



Other helpful sites:

Mind Tools


Information on topics including stress management and assertiveness.

Anxiety UK

08444 775 774 (Monday–Friday 9.30am–5.30pm)
Advice and support for people living with anxiety.

Be Mindful


Information about mindfulness and mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR). Guidance on how to learn mindfulness, including course listings



Information about stress and techniques for coping. Lists several talking treatments and alternative therapies that can be used to treat stress.

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Best Museums for Children in London

The Best Museums for Children in London.

With half term upon us and in honour of #museumsatnight2019, we have compiled a list of 5 of the best museums in London for children. These museums really have something for everyone, whether you fancy discovering the world of codebreaking or joining in on a Where’s Wally Hunt, there is so much for you to see and do. Even better is that most of the museums on our list are FREE! 

The Science Museum (Free, open daily 10:00-18:00) 

This is the place to come if you want to see the Apollo 10 command module and Stephenson’s Rocket. There is so much for children to do here, from morphing your face to see what it will look like when you’re older to investigating climate change and dressing up as a WWII fighter pilot.

Wonderlab is one of the world’s leading hands-on science centres and kids can learn all about physics with interactive exhibits, demonstrations and shows like the Rocket Show and fun exhibits like the Chemistry Lab.  Staff are on hand to answer questions and share their enthusiasm.  Younger children will love the Pattern Pod, a multi-sensory area for 5 to 8 year olds where children can learn more about the world around them through play. The regular Sleepovers are a big draw: children stay all night at the museum and take part in science shows and hands-on workshops.

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The British Museum (Free, open daily 10.00–17.30, Fridays until 20.30*)

Explore the British Museum and visit the mummies in the Ancient Egypt section. There’s so much to explore whether you’re into the Aztecs and the Incas, the Vikings or Ancient Greece.  You can pick up backpacks, art materials and activity worksheets for specific areas from the Families Desk. Children can also take part in object handling sessions, digital and film-making workshops and you can even download an interactive quiz to do whilst you are there! 

London Transport Museum (Pay for a day, come back FREE all year! Adults £16.50, Children go free, open daily 10:00-18:00)

There’s something for the whole family at London Transport Museum. They run a range of events – enjoy singing and story sessions every week during term time, or explore their collection with special events every school holiday, including creative and crafty activities linked to their exhibitions and collection. This October half term you can explore, discover and play as you hunt for Wally around the Museum on the Where’s Wally? The Big Museum Hunt.

Royal Air Force Museum (Free, open daily 10:00-17:00)

Visit the Royal Air Force Museum in London for a great day out for all the family! Explore the fascinating story of the first 100 years of the RAF. Debate the future, test your flying skills, be amazed by stories of bravery, love and loss. Families will love the themed outdoor play area. This autumn you can also join the Dambusters on their legendary mission – step back in time and on-board G-George to observe this historic raid from within a Lancaster Bomber. Share your RAF story on 2-3 November during the RAF Story Big Weekend in which they aim to record 100 stories! 

Natural History Museum (Free, open daily from 10:00-17:50)

There is so much to thrill children here whether they’re into dinosaurs and furry frogs or cursed amethysts and duck-billed platypuses. You can feel the earth move in the Earthquake Machine, play detective games around the museum and visit the growing fox cubs in the Wildlife Garden. The hands-on Science Centre is a great place for children to examine specimens from the natural world for themselves, using microscopes and other scientific tools. The museum hosts regular Sleepovers for children too and the ice rink is now open! 

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What Parents need to know about their Child with ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural disorder that can make it difficult for those affected to concentrate.

The condition is usually diagnosed between the ages of six and 12-years-old nowadays. According to UK charity ADHD Action, approximately 1.5m adults in the UK have the condition, but only 120,000 are formally diagnosed.  ADHD Awareness Month takes place every October in the UK, aimed at raising awareness and improving understanding of ADHD.

In honour of ADHD Awareness Month and with her permission, we are pleased to share an article by Stephanie Camilleri of The ADHD Advocate on What parents need to know about their child with ADHD:

Child with ADHD
Helping your Child with ADHD

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Fuelling your child’s brain for school

This week we have our guest blogger for Katie Jayne Tutors, Clare Jeffries from Healthy Influence talking to us about fuelling your child’s brain for school…

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What can you do to support your child’s mental health? 

Mental health. These two words seem to be appearing more and more frequently when discussing our children. Schools are appreciating the importance, parents are becoming wiser. So what exactly should we be doing to help improve a child’s mental health? There are many suggestions out there but I have selected five which I believe are essential. 

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How can we support our children’s health and wellbeing?

Well how about through sport? As National School Sports Week kicks of this week, the Youth Sport Trust states that ‘many young people are missing outon the life-changing benefits of sport and play that would improve their health and wellbeing and equip them with the skills to thrive’.

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What are the Best Educational Games?

It’s the start of the holidays and you have already run out of patience with your children. How will you manage to get through the next few days and weeks without a multitude of arguments and doors slamming? Well…. There once was a time (long ago!) when families actually had to sit together and ‘bond’ over board games. “What’s the point in that?” I hear your children cry! Well let’s find out…

What are the benefits of playing Board Games?

Board games play a crucial role in children’s development and growth. It is an important aspect of brain development as they help acquire logical and reasoning skills, boost critical thinking and gain spatial reasoning. Playing board games also helps with learning, social and communication skills (Source: LogicRoots). There are so many benefits of playing board games!

Here are my top 3:

• Have Fun and Feel Good! Family time is important and relationships need to be fostered. Everyone has busy schedules and it is hard to ensure you have quality time together as a family. Why don’t you pencil in a board game evening once a week on the same day and at the same time? That way you make it a habit and one you are more likely to stick to.

• Help Strengthen your Immune Systems. Studies show that stress can negativity weaken our ability to fight off diseases. Immunity improving chemicals are released when playing board games helping to boost your immune systems. Board games help boost our brain’s ability to recognize risk and fighting it better, this, in turn, helps our body fight diseases as well.

• Improve Memory Function and Cognitive Skills. What’s not to love about that? The hippocampus and prefrontal cortex especially benefit from playing board games. These areas of the brain are responsible for complex thought and memory formation. Board games help the brain retain and build cognitive associations well into old age too.

Finally the time has returned! In recent years there has been a huge increase in the revival of the board game. So, tear your child away from Minecraft, the PlayStation or the Television and see what is out there for you all to enjoy!

Not sure which games provide the best educational support for your child yet are also really fun? Then look no further…

Here are our Top 10 (in no particular order):

1) Articulate for Kids- The Fast Talking Description Game (Age 6+)
2) Don’t Say It!- A Classic Word Game with four difficulty levels (Age 6+)
3) Top of the Tables- The Multiplication Match that Tackles Times Tables (Age 6+)
4) Monopoly Cheaters Edition- Follow, Bend or Break the Rules in this Adaptation of the Classic Game (Age 8+)
5) Dobble- A Game of Speed, Observation and Reflexes (Age 6+)
6) 5 Second Rule – The Game of Quick Thinking and Fast Talking (Age 8+)
7) Scrabble Junior- Letter Matching Fun! (Ages 5+)
8) The Crystal Maze Board Game- Packed with an assortment of mental, mystery, skill and physical games. (Age 10+)
9) Pop to the Shops- Learn about handling money and giving change. (Age 5+)
10) Rory’s Story Cubes- Creative story generator which encourages imagination and language development. (Age 6+).

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