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Junior Blog: 1st September 2021

Welcome to the 26th edition of the Katie Jayne Tutors Junior Blog.

After the long summer (which we can safely say has been one of the cloudiest on record!), we are definitely looking forward to getting back into the classroom. Enjoying that first day, catching up with friends, hearing all of their news and telling them yours, excited about what the Autumn term has to offer us, new subjects to learn about, sporting activities, creative studies or perhaps you are looking forward to entering the music room again and picking up your favourite instrument? All the buzz of being back to school with your teachers and fellow students.

Some of you will be entering Year 6, this will be the year that you hold that cherished spot of being at the top, an ambassador for your school and mentor for those younger than you. Here you can offer to help with the younger children, assisting them with their reading or helping them play in the playground or buddying up with new starters over lunch. A very important role indeed and one that you should take seriously but enjoy to the fullest.

This edition we look at what it means to be in Year 6, how Mary Anning made her name by being a beach and animal lover and give you the usual Outdoor Activity section, Competition Time, Cook’s Corner and Katie Jayne’s much loved ‘Book Club’.

Enjoy the read, and don’t forget to get in touch with your summer holiday pictures, you know we love them.

This new academic year go for it and take on all of the experiences open to you.

See you next time!

Who is Mary Anning and why is she famous?

Palaeontologist is one very hard word to spell and to say, you may need help from your parents or a teacher to say it properly. But if I said – fossil hunting, most of you would know what I mean.

Well, Mary Anning was a fossil  hunter and a very famous one at that. She found a number of fossils which had never been found previously by anyone else. Many of the fossils she found had never been seen before and were extremely old, dating back to 200 million years ago (which is a very long time – yes, even older than your Mum and Dad or your Nan and Grandad).

Growing up in the year 1799, Mary Anning was born in a tiny little village by the sea called Lyme Regis, on  the southwest coast. The area has been renamed the Jurassic Coast  and discoveries are still being made to this day.

Katie Jayne’s Book Club

Age 4-7

Tigers Family – written by Shoo Rayner.

Don’t forget to talk about the book before you read it and practice your phonics with your parent. If you are struggling with a word ask your parent to say the word to you a few times until you can remember how to say it.

Age 7-9

Oh Otto – by Michaela Morgan.

At the end of the book, talk about the words that Otto gets mixed up with and think about some other words that you might get mixed up too! There is also a quiz at the front of the book that you can complete. Good luck!

Age 9-11

Selkie Summer – by Margaret McAlister.

While you are reading think about how life living on the island changes Lily’s life.



Busy Bee, Busy Bee – sting if you like but don’t sting me…

So many flying creatures can annoy us, especially if we are sitting outside enjoying a picnic with our family or a bbq. However many of these creatures have a very important role to play within the ecosystem and bees are crucial and carry out so many important jobs that help our planet.

Take a look at this website, ‘How I Get Rid Of’ which helps you to identify a wasp from a bee. You can also find out about Honey Bees, Mason Bee, Squash Bees and many more…

Competition Time

Love Reading 4 Kids have a fab competition which has a deadline date of 30th September 2021. Take a look and see what you need to do to enter. Ask an adult to help.

You can read extracts of the books on offer, take a look and see if any of these spark your interest.

Enter here

YEAR 6 ‘The Final Year of Primary School’

Excellent advice from Cathy Salvi, our resident counsellor, on underestimating the pressures of this year group.

Sometimes parents and professionals seem to forget the importance of this year group and the pressures that young people endure currently. So sit with your Mum or Dad or your carer/guardian and read through this item together, then chat over the points raised and make sure you feel completely comfortable with the new year ahead…(this article is written for your parents to read).

Remembering that every family has their individual dynamic e.g. an only child, older siblings, and more and more the impact of blended families.

Each dynamic brings a different understanding and a different approach in dealing with what I call the ‘Year 6 Transition”.

As parents and carers, we have our own agenda like getting the practical stuff done, buying schools shoes: socks, tights, uniform fittings, ensuring the school bag is big enough and kitted out with pens, highlighters, notebooks etc… not an easy task as trends change from Hello Kitty to Rainbow pencils, the list can be endless. Boring for you maybe, but not to your child who is stepping into the most important year of their life.

Year 6 the top of the school, how long have they waited for this moment. Respect, from the junior years, respect from the teachers, important roles to fulfil, speaking at assemblies, school shows, perhaps representing their school at Open Days, wearing the school uniform with pride.

In other words, being Role Models to many and taking on huge responsibilities – not to mention high expectations from parents and grandparents.

This can have a massive impact on your child’s self-confidence and self-esteem.

How you manage this tricky time can be straight forward, by using the K.I.S

(Keep it simple) approach.


Reflect and try to visualise yourself at the of age 10/11.

Connecting to your inner child can be difficult so allow yourself time and space for this reflection.

Sit quietly away from distractions. Breathe deeply and start to reflect on the following.

Where were you living and with whom?

What did you look like e.g. hair style, the clothes you worn, what was your school uniform like?

Do you remember putting it on? What did you feel, excitement, anger, nervousness, anxiety, or pride?

What were your family dynamics e.g. were your parents divorcing, re-marrying, sibling rivalry(s), perhaps a bereavement, and so on…

Were you happy? If not, why.

Maybe you had to change schools due to family circumstances and you felt sad leaving friends and familiar faces.

What responsibilities did you have?

Maybe financially your parents/carers had limited resources, so new shoes, uniform and supplies were far from your reach.

Reflection can be difficult for some and the outcome hard to process but if you truly connected to your inner child of 10/11. You should have felt a range of emotions and visualised a small child going through a life transition.

Whatever the outcome of your reflections – write them down so when you look at your child making this incredible leap, remember. It is now their time to feel; excited, sad, pressured, pride and nervous etc. etc.

Guide them but be patient, try not to pressurise them too much, listen to them and allow them time to process and enjoy this incredible journey.

Spend some time talking to them now about how you felt at that age. It will be very beneficial to you both.

Cathy Salvi

Surrey Learning and Counselling Centre



Regular items...

Outdoor Activities

I recently saw a neighbouring road come up with a really creative idea…The inhabitants of the street had made some small fairy signs with kind messages on and hung them on the trees in the street, these magically appeared over night and caused a great deal of interest the morning they appeared.

Something fun and kind to do for those living in your street….


Cook’s Corner

When out and about a perfect companion for your tummy is a pasty, full of yummy meat and vegetables, or cheese and onion…delicious.

Here is our very easy recipe for your own homemade pasties.


Ready made pastry

Filling of your choice:

Minced beef or lamb 100g

Vegetable of your choice:

1 Carrot

1 potato

1 small onion

1 egg for glazing

Ask an adult to help with hot water, the hob and the oven parts of this recipe.

Change the ingredients to suit your taste, so for example you can swap out the above ingredients for cheese, spinach, or even a sweet filling like, apple and blackberries.

Take a small plate and lay over your rolled out pastry. Cut around the small plate,  you now have your pastry rounds, put these to one side.

Now take your mince meat and cook this off in a frying pan with a very small amount of oil, just to stop it sticking to the pan. Add a teaspoon of gravy granules, either beef or lamb to match your meat, add salt and pepper, add a chopped onion and cook until soft and your meat has no pink colour.

Now boil down your potato and carrot until they are slightly soft with a little bit of bite, we call this al dente.

Mix up your meat and vegetables in a bowl and then spoon the mixture onto your pastry rounds. Do not overfill because you do need to be able to fold over the pastry and seal the two edges together making sure there are no gaps for the mixture to escape. You can seal your two edges with a little egg white and then pinch the edges so that they are well and truly stuck together.

Place your pasties into a nice hot oven at a temperature of  180 degrees for approximately 20-25 minutes.

Keep an eye on them and do not let them burn on the top, you are looking for a nice evenly coloured surface, ask an adult to help you with the oven and then test the pasties are cooked through by placing a sharp knife into the middle of the pasty, if the knife comes out hot and there is steam then you know your pasty is cooked through. Then enjoy!

Educational Activities

Find out more about Mary Anning 

World Heritage Site information can be found here.

KS1 Phonics 

KS1 Geography – Enjoy a ramble in the countryside with Barnaby the bear.