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Junior Blog: Monday 30th November

Welcome to the Katie Jayne Tutors Junior Blog Issue Number 21.

Advent is upon us…What does your advent calendar look like? Why do we have advent calendars? When were they first introduced? What other festive traditions do you and your family and friends carry out?

Christmas is all about giving, so we are highlighting some great causes that you can get involved in this year, including ‘The Christmas Present Appeal’ and ‘The Book Trust’. These appeals will all have deadlines before you break up for the Christmas holidays so we thought we should highlight them now.

We have had some great photographs from our readers which we could not wait to show you: Jamie gives us a run down of his visit to the farm with his sister, some of you have made your Christmas wreaths and we have been baking in the Katie Jayne kitchen…our favourite Ginger Bread People!

‘Cook’s Corner’ goes all out with the best hot chocolate ideas and our ‘Outdoor Delights’ gives you ideas that you can all do in your own gardens however large or small.

Let’s get cracking…


Christmas is a time of giving!

Why not get involved and encourage your school to take on one of the charities below?

At school we call this our reverse advent month. During the few weeks of December all of our school children bring in non-perishable food items and gift wrapped toys for different age groups – you should see the wonderful piles that start to grow and grow. Our teachers then drop the food off to local charities. Some of the recipients might not receive many gifts and so our offerings are very well received and most welcomed.

Give it a go near you…perhaps with your school, brownie’s or scout group, church group or just as a nice gesture from your family to another.

If that does not appeal, see if one of the Appeals appeal (did you see what I did there?).

The Book Trust Christmas Appeal

Helps raise money to send book parcels to children who are vulnerable or in care.  This year, more so than ever before, there will be children who may not be looking forward to Christmas.

Their families might be facing challenging circumstances or significant hardship; and some children may be spending this Christmas away from their families for the first time. Your donation could help brighten Christmas for 14,250 children who are vulnerable or in care – that’s 1,800 more children than last year. And for the first time, some parcels will be given out through community foodbanks to help some families who have been adversely affected by lockdowns and who are facing a difficult Christmas.

Wrap UP London

10 years of Wrap Up London is an amazing feat and you can get involved so easily every year. Just click on the link to find out more.

Christmas Present Appeal

Many Salvation Army churches and centres across the UK will be running a Christmas Present Appeal, collecting donated presents until mid-December.

Please support your local Christmas Present Appeal by finding your nearest appeal and donating new, unwrapped toys and gifts for children who might not otherwise receive a Christmas present.

The gifts will then be wrapped and distributed to those in need.

How to find your local appeal

To find out where to donate your gift or for more information on the Christmas Present Appeal please contact your local Salvation Army church or centre.

You can find your nearest Salvation Army centre by using our postcode and place search map page.

You can also search using our Google search map below.

Please note: the pandemic means that the appeal may be run differently this year.

Please check your local Salvation Army web page for details on how and when you can donate a present and to check your nearest centre is taking part.

Katie Jayne’s Interesting Facts

What is advent and where did it come from?

Advent is the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas (or sometimes from the 1st December to Christmas Day!). Advent means ‘Coming’ in Latin. This is the coming of Jesus into the world. Christians use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas.

What are the candles for that are displayed in peoples windows?

The candles on the Advent wreath symbolise hope, love, joy and peace. The candles are lit in that order. 

Thought for the Week

Why not enter our competition?


We are asking all our students and readers to send us in their favourite Christmas joke. The joke that makes the Katie Jayne team fall off their seats with laughter will have their joke published in the next blog.


Readers section


Down on the farm with Jamie and Jessie.

We had a family day out at a local animal farm and it was great. We did a lot of things. I held bunnies, chicks and guinea pigs. It was amazing! We fed the calves, stroked horses, fed the baby goats – you could stroke and feed nearly every animal there.

My favourite part was when we went into a separate area in the huge barn and there were baby alpaca’s with really soft, fluffy fur that you could stroke, baby goats were walking around and you could hold the bunnies, chicks and guinea pigs. You sat on haystacks – it was really cool!

We visited other animals such as meerkats, eagle owls, pythons and llama’s (we were a little bit scared they were going to spit at us!).

To finish off our visit, we were treated to a delicious ice-cream. There was so much to see and do and it was so much fun. My animal farm experience was brilliant!

Photographs of handmade wreaths and Xmas decorations by our families

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Cook’s Corner

Ginger Bread People


225g plain flour, plus extra for dusting½ tsp salt2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 heaped tsp ground ginger

½ tsp cinnamon

50g unsalted butter

100g soft brown sugar

100g golden syrup


Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5 and line a baking tray with baking parchment. Sieve the flour, salt, bicarb, ginger and cinnamon into a large bowl. Heat the butter, sugar and syrup until dissolved. Leave the sugar mixture to cool slightly, then mix into the dry ingredients to form a dough. Chill the dough in the fridge for 30 mins.

On a surface lightly dusted with flour, roll out the dough to a ¼-inch thickness. Stamp out the gingerbread men shapes with a cutter, then re-roll any off-cuts and repeat. Place your gingerbread shapes on the lined trays, allowing space for them to spread. Cook for 10-15 mins, then remove from the oven and leave to cool.

You can decorate your ginger bread people with wonderful green, red, sparkly icing. Don’t forget to your people a face!

Outdoor Delights

This week we decided to concentrate on decorating outside your home, ready for the festive season.

If you have a lovely tree in your garden we suggest making some outdoor decorations to hang on your tree.

How about grabbing a handful of plastic straws painting them a festive colour or (perhaps if your Mum or Dad can help) spray paint them. Then tie a wire around their middle and then bend all of the straws to make a ball shape, you can then hang these on your outdoor tree.

At this time of year pine cones drop from the trees and can be found for free whilst you are out on a winter walk. Collect the pine cones and then stick decorative, colourful pieces to them, see our image here. Use things that will not be spoilt if it rains, what am I saying? When it rains!!


Education Activities

Telling the time


The parable of the good samaritan 

KS2 Computing

What is an algorithm ?

KS2 Music

What are duration and tempo?