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Junior Blog: 22nd June 2020

Welcome to the Katie Jayne Tutors Junior Blog issue number 9.

The highlight of my week was being able to cuddle my Mum, after not having done so for over three months, this was quite emotional. I hope your experience of getting back to a little normality has been a good one. Hopefully you have been able to hug your Grandma or Grandpa, or perhaps an Auntie or Uncle now that families are allowed a relative into their social bubble. Please write in and tell us about your own experiences, we would love to hear tales of your reunions.

This week we will be looking at the weather in our special feature. It has been a rainy and blustery week, not what we were hoping for in June, but we thought we would take a look at why our weather is changing and how climate change is affecting our world. Your generation will have a large role to play in helping to save the planet in the future. We also have a fabulous World Wildlife Fund competition for you and lots of fun educational activities for you to take part in.

We hope you all have a great week and we shall look forward to catching up with you next time.


Helping To Save Our Planet

Sir David Attenborough explains how humans can take charge of our future and save our planet. I am sure many of you have watched his wonderful series ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’.  A beautifully filmed series taking in the seven continents: Africa, North America, Europe, Australia, South America, Asia and Antartica, showing us the amazing diversity of life on each continent and talking about how all of us need to look after our planet.

Short Film by David Attenborough – ‘How To Save Our Planet’.


Natural History Museum – David Attenborough Tour

Join in the work of conservationists by becoming a Citizen Science with the Natural History Museum. Answering the big science questions around climate change and the diversity of life requires lots of data, and their researchers can’t gather this alone. You can help. Get started today by signing up to be a Citizen of Science.

Emily Tan Competition Summer 2020

To win: 2 x items from the collection designed by artist and designer Emily Tan and created exclusively for WWF. Choose from three designs depicting iconic wildlife, including lions, penguins and snow leopards.

How to enter:

Send an email with your name, address and phone number, and ‘Emily Tan Competition’ in the subject line, to competition@wwf.org.uk by Friday 24th July, 2020.

Alternatively post your entry to Action Mag, WWF-UK, Living Planet Centre, Rufford House, Brewery Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 4LL by the closing date.

Florence & Fred Voucher Competition Summer 2020

To win: 3 x £25 vouchers to spend on a new sustainable F&F (Florence & Fred) clothing range at Tesco.

Send an email with your name, address and phone number, and ‘Florence & Fred Competition’ in the subject line, to competition@wwf.org.uk by Friday 24 July 2020.

To enter this competition, send an email with your name, address and phone number, and ‘Florence & Fred Competition’ in the subject line, to competition@wwf.org.uk by the closing date

Alternatively post your entry to Action Mag, WWF-UK, Living Planet Centre, Rufford House, Brewery Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 4LL by the closing date


Katie Jayne’s Interesting Facts

Did you know that Katie Jayne Tutors shall be running a Summer School? The Summer School will be available for all of our current pupils to sign up to. The extra summer sessions will allow children the chance to catch up on topics that they feel they need support with. Sessions will be run by our enthusiastic teachers in most of the core subjects. If you are interested in joining us, have a chat with your family and get in touch with us at: info@katiejayne.co.uk


Thought For The Week

If  you love the thought of helping our planet and becoming a Citizen of Science with the Natural History Museum, why not let your friends know about it too so that they can join you in your quest to help environmental researchers gather lots of diverse data?


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Cook’s Corner

We love cookies in the Katie Jayne office. Nothing better than a cup of tea at elevenses with a cookie. Our favourite is chocolate chip, but you could add other ingredients that you prefer. Everyone will love your cooking antics when you serve up these warm little of yummy treats.


275g/9¾oz unsalted butter, softened

275g/9¾oz soft light brown sugar

225g/8oz granulated sugar

2 large free-range eggs

1 tbsp vanilla extract

475g/1lb 1oz plain flour

2 tsp baking powder

300g/10½oz good-quality milk chocolate, chopped roughly into chunks

Sea salt


Put the butter and sugars into a large mixing bowl. Beat together with an electric hand whisk until smooth and light in colour.

Break in the eggs one at a time, mixing as you break in each egg. Once the eggs are combined, add the vanilla extract.

Sift in the flour and baking powder and mix in with a wooden spoon until completely incorporated. Add the chocolate chunks and mix in until thoroughly combined. Divide the dough in half.

Place each half onto a large sheet of cling film. Roll the dough into a wide sausage shape and wrap in the cling film, twisting the ends to seal. Each sausage will make nine large cookies (but you can roll them smaller and make more). The dough sausages can be frozen at this point. However if you wish to bake them straightaway, chill the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes before use.

Once ready to use the cookie dough, remove from the freezer and allow to warm up enough to slice. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

Slice the dough sausage into nine discs and place onto a non-stick baking tray or a tray that has been lined with baking parchment.

Sprinkle each cookie with a tiny pinch of salt and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until they are golden-brown on the edge and slightly paler in the centre.

Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool before serving.



Walk On The Wild Side

Following on with our theme of looking after our planet, how about joining a group of other environmentalists and nature lovers to look after an area of woodland or collect rubbish on a stretch of beach? There are many initiatives around the country and you don’t need to live near a beach or in the country. To get you started, take a look at these examples and then plan your weekly Walk On The Wild Side.

Beach Clean  Up with the National Trust 

Park Clean Up – Be a local hero

Educational Activities


The Life of The Blue Whale

Take a virtual tour of The Life of The Blue Whale with the Natural History Museum. It is great fun and so realistic, even with its own sound effects.

Math KS1

Grouping equally video 

English KS1

Learn about adjectives in this short video and follow up with a couple of activities to help you learn.


PhonicsPlay helps you to understand the sounds that words make. Click on the link and then click on the sounds you want to learn about.