We know that many of you have managed to get away for a short break or a holiday and how nice it is to have a change of scenery, whether it is driving down to the West Country or up to Scotland or even taking a flight abroad.
For those of you who are having a staycation at home we thought we should help out with some more ideas of what to get up to over the next few weeks, but we also have some useful educational activities for those of you wanting to continue with your learning. There are some great tips for those of our younger seniors who will be making the transition to secondary school in September and we welcome you from our Junior blog to our Senior blog.
Take a look and get in touch to let us know what you have been doing and if there are any educational questions that we can help you with.
Have a great few weeks and see you next time.
Let’s Get Back Into Summer – Part Two
For those avid skiers and snowboarders who just cannot wait until the ski season, great news! The Snowzone will be opening its doors on August the 1st.
Fancy throwing yourself out of a plane? Or perhaps you want to skydive to raise money for charity… UK Skydiving Adventures have nearly all of their centres open.
Not open yet, but due to open very soon, we spoke to Le Valley White Water Rafting They are keen to get visitors back as soon as possible, so if this is something you would like to try, keep an eye on their website. You can try out the Olympic course or just have a family paddle in the waters, be as adventurous or relaxed as you like.
Take a slide down the Arcelormittal-orbit one of the longest slides around, taking in views over London.
Grab a boat tour and be guided along the river that runs through the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, passing through beautifully landscaped grounds.
So much to do and not enough time to squeeze it all in. Have fun.
Living in and around London can be a busy affair. So much traffic, so many commuters, the hustle and bustle of the city. I love London and I take interest in the things around me. For over fifteen years I have taken part in the Open City Programme. Anyone can join in and it is free….. Open City runs events across the year, but in September the Open House Scheme runs for 48hours. This year it takes place on September 19th and 20th and it is their largest event with over 800 buildings, walks, talks and tours in the Open House programme.
View the full building listings, find out important information about the event, or plan your weekend by using our top picks and themes by clicking on this link. All of the London boroughs take part, so no matter where you live you can get involved. There are events focused on children and teenagers, child friendly buildings with activities and fun things to take part in, or for the teenagers that are interested in architecture, building, art, engineering and design there is so much to learn, look at and get involved in.
Here are a few examples:
Happy Kids Dental Clinic Chelsea
18 Cadogan Gardens London, SW3 2RP
Toilets, Refreshments, Parking, Family activities during open house
Nearest tube: Sloane Square
Bus routes: 360, 137, 22, 19, 11, 319
Happy Kids Dental Chelsea is a multi-award-winning children’s dental clinic. It has a unique, under-water themed design. A giant whale greeting you at the reception, a pirate ship in the waiting room, 4 floors of 100% instagrammable fun.
Burlington House: Royal Academy of Arts
Piccadilly, W1J 0BD
Family activities during open house, Disabled access, Bookshop, Refreshments, Toilets
Nearest tube: Green Park, Piccadilly Circus
Bus routes: 9, 6, 14, 19, 38
Discover the new Royal Academy of Arts, the product of a transformational redevelopment designed by Sir David Chipperfield RA. Due to celebrate its 250th anniversary.
Transition into Secondary School (For younger Seniors)
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the transition from primary school to secondary school will be happening a little differently. You will have many questions and concerns and we wanted to help you with those. You are probably wondering what secondary school will be like. Will you know anyone? What will your new teachers be like? Where will you need to go ? Will you get lost?
We have listed a few helpful videos here that will help you with some of your concerns, but if you have a specific question please feel free to write in to us and ask. We would love to help with your transition so get in touch. You will not be the only one worrying, so relax and read on.
The BBC has put together some really useful and helpful hints to get you through those first few days. Take a look.
Make sure you are happy in your school uniform, it may feel weird at first but wear it with pride.
Make sure you have all of the right supplies. Take a look at the school’s website.
Generously sized pencil case.
Blue or black rollerball pens/biros: buy in bulk and have at least two in your pencil case at a time.
Handwriting pen or fountain pen (with extra cartridges if needed).
Highlighters: ideally four different colours.
HB pencils: buy in bulk.
30cm ruler (folding ones take less space and are less likely to snap).
Ink eraser or correction fluid.
Lastly, help with social distancing and understanding what is expected of you will make you to feel more comfortable at school. Your individual school will send out information that relates directly to you and your school, but below we have added a few points that will keep you and your school friends safe.
Handwashing and Personal Hygiene
There are general principles you can follow to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including:
Washing your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after you blow your nose, sneeze or cough, before and after you eat or touch food and when you return home from being outside.
If soap and water is not available you should use a hand sanitiser, but this should not replace proper hand washing.
Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Avoiding any contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus. (They should be isolating if they show symptoms).
By following this guidance, you are helping to protect yourself, your family, the NHS and your community.
Whichever school you are due to start in September we wish you all the very best of luck and enjoy the experience.
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