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Junior Blog: 27th July 2020

Welcome to KJ Tutors Junior Blog Number 12.

We have had so much fun this week enjoying the sun and catching up with our friends, going for walks with the dogs and going shopping…..

There is so much more to do now, especially with the return of the sunshine.

Thank you so much to all of you that have been in touch. We love to hear from you and we especially love to see what you have been up to. We have tried to add a few reader photographs in this week amongst our usual jamboree of items. We have lots of fun ideas for you, images of what others have been up to, this week’s WOWs, Cook’s Corner dishes up a delicious homemade pizza from our new pizza oven and a whole load of great educational activities to keep you entertained.

We hope you enjoy what we have to offer, let us know if you would like to see something special from us next time….

Thanks for joining us and have a great few weeks.


Swinging Into Summer

There is so much going on at the moment that it was difficult to try and pick just a handful of things to tell you about. So we picked the activities that we thought you would love.

Why not challenge your friends and family to a 40-second journey through the twists, turns and drops of The ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide? Quite a hair-raising experience that’s not for the faint-hearted. This is the the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide and it loops its way around the ArcelorMittal Orbit 12 times taking you through gentle curves, thrilling drops and a tight corkscrew named ‘the bettfeder’ – bedspring in German.

Do you love funfairs? We do. Take a trip over to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and join in the fun. Whether it be the dodgems, rollercoasters or a carousel, The Ultimate Funfair will have something for everyone to enjoy.

The funfair will be open 1pm – 10pm on Friday – Monday only, throughout 17 July – 31 August. Please note there is an entrance charge of £1 per person (although it is free for under 3s). The rides operate on a token system which are available to purchase at the funfair for £1.20 per token or 10 for £10. NHS workers can receive 50% off tokens every Friday!

Go and spot a fish. Spotting fish is one of the best ways to spend time at the seaside or when you’re exploring water in the countryside. Find a great spot, whether it is in a rock pool by the sea or at your local river, grab your wellies and your fishing net and don’t forget your bucket. Wait patiently and watch the fish as they swim and play with their friends in the water. When you catch a fish, pop it into your bucket very carefully and take a closer look at it. Don’t forget to add some water into your bucket! Look at its colourings and markings, try and identify your fish with this handy fish verify  app. Don’t keep your fish in the bucket for too long. Release your fish back into the wild and watch it swim away happily to join its family and friends.

When I was young I always wanted to rise early to visit a special place before anyone else was up and about. This is the time when magical things can happen. As a young child I would set my alarm really early, go and wake up my very patient Mother and we would set off together, wrapped up warm and with my camera in hand. We would visit special places. On one visit to the beach we came across a pod of dolphins who had come in very close to the shore. It was magical and I will always remember how excited and special it had made me feel. Give it a try, ask your Mum, Dad or Grandparents if they will join in this adventure with you.

Go for a fossil forage. There are a few areas where fossils can be found. If you are able to travel to one of these special sites you could get involved in the art of fossil foraging. To find out where you can go to find fossils have a look at the link here. They also give you ideas and tips on how to find fossils. As a child and even now as an adult I love to look for fossils. Here are some that I have found on different beaches.

Photographs sent in by our readers, staff and family.


Katie Jayne’s Book Club

Age 5-6yrs

‘What’s In The Woods’ by Karra McFarlane. Page 2 will help you with some of the words you will come across in the book. See and read about the children building a den, finding a robin and coming across a babbling brook.

Age 7-9 yrs

Pirate Poems‘ chosen by John Foster. Read about smugglers and pirate chiefs.

Age 10-12yrs

‘Animal Tails’ by Geraldine McCaughrean. Try to work through all of the tasks on page two as you read this book.





Competition Time

The RSPCA Young Photographer Awards

Whether you are an experienced photographer or a keen beginner, you have entered before or you are not sure where to start, you are in the right place!

If you love taking photographs and you have a love of nature and animals, then this competition is for you.  It is open to anyone aged 18 or under. Let your creativity flow, be imaginative and try something different. The RSPCA say that they receive many incredible images each year. Let your photograph blow them away this year.

Take a look at this short video of the awards ceremony from 2018 to give you some inpsiration and meet some of the previous winners and hear the stories behind their photos.

Katie Jayne’s Interesting Facts

My favourite activity when I was a child was to go horse riding. Along with my brothers, my parents allowed us to each choose one expensive hobby for a short period of time and I always chose horse riding! I loved the thrill of learning how to trot, canter and gallop on a horse.  The horse I used to ride was called Snip because he loved to give people a little nip. My favourite thing about Snip was when he began to trot he used to pass wind very loudly, it always made me giggle!

Thought For The Week

Ask your Mum and Dad or members of your family what they used to love doing when they were a child. Go and recreate that moment and take your family on a trip down memory lane.

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Cook’s Corner 

We were so excited by our new pizza oven that we wanted to share it with you. This recipe is one of the easier pizza recipe’s and does not knead (little joke) yeast. But there are many recipes out there that do require yeast and we always make our dough with fresh yeast. But this recipe is a little easier and should have ingredients that you can get hold of very easily.


175g self raising flour

½tsp baking powder

50g butter or margarine

50g Cheddar cheese, grated

4 – 5 tbsp milk

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 large onion, chopped

400g can tomatoes, drained and chopped

1 clove garlic, crushed

1tsp dried oregano

175g Mozzarella cheese, sliced or grated

50g mushrooms, sliced


Preheat oven to 200⁰C/400⁰F/Fan 180⁰C/Gas Mark 6. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl.

Add the butter or margarine and rub in until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the cheese and sufficient milk to give a soft dough. Knead lightly.

Roll out the dough to a circle about 25cm diameter and put on a greased baking sheet.

Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the onion and fry until soft. Add the tomatoes, garlic and oregano and cook for about 2 minutes.

Spread the mixture over the dough right to the edges. Add the cheese and arrange the mushrooms on top.

Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until the cheese bubbles.

Walk On The Wild Side

Creating wild art is a fabulous pastime. There are no limits.

What will you use, and how? The only thing we recommend is making sure that you are not making your art from another creatures home.

Creating wild art is a great way to make you think a little differently about nature. Find things that vary in colour and texture.

This is what we used to make our wild art:





pine cones

seed pods

sheep’s wool that has been caught on a fence post

grasses or flowers






string or wool

Don’t just make a flat piece of art, try something like a sculpture. If you are making a sculpture, think about how people will view your sculpture. Will it be seen from all sides or just from the front, sides or back of it?

Sticks are great wild art tools. Why not create an animal like we did?


Educational Activities


Listen to Dan Snow read the fabulous story of the Little Mermaid.


Find out things you didn’t know about Henry Viii with Dan Snow and expert Suzannah Lipsomb.

English KS1

Learn about phonics – letter J.

Maths KS1

Bud’s Number Garden.

English KS2

What is a thesauraus.