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Senior Blog: 23rd July 2020

Welcome to the Katie Jayne Tutors Blog Number 11.

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.

The Royal Parks have also opened their outdoor swim facilities. Check out the Serpentine in Hyde Park, or take a look at the London Fields Lido, and Parliament Hill Lido to name a few.

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.



Our City

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

Modern Architecture


18 Cadogan Gardens London, SW3 2RP


Toilets, Refreshments, Parking, Family activities during open house

Travel Information


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

Travel Information


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. 

All about making friends.

Follow a Year 7 pupil around for the day to see what you could expect when you go to school. Alfie.

Secondary school teachers – myths.

Top Five Tips to do Before School

Practise the route to school in advance.

Arrange a get together with fellow pupils.

Talk about your worries with your parents.

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.

Standard Equipment:

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.

Pencil sharpener.


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.

Regular items...

Feel the Burn

20 minute workout – run4change.

Ballet for intermediates ages 13+ with the Ballet Coach


Media Chart 

The top releases are…..

Films and Series

‘The Old Guard’

Definitely one to watch. Starring Charlize Theron. About a covert team of immortal mercenaries who are suddenly exposed and must fight to keep their identity a secret just as an unexpected new member is discovered.


Savage Love (Laxed-Siren Beat) Jawsh 685 & Jason Derulo.


Augmented Reality
(AR) in your own room. Download animals to project into your own room.

Or learn how to create a movie with this great app. Google.com know how to create, learn with this easy to use app.

Educational Activities

Why not take on a short educational course for free during the holidays. This course helps with your logical and critical thinking 

In this course you will learn to:

Identify common flaws in belief construction.

Recognise and reconstruct arguments.

Evaluate arguments as being good or bad.

Analyse arguments using basic logical tools.

Apply basic logical strategies in areas such as Science, Moral theories and Law.



Learn jazz piano with Goldsmiths.

It’s ideal if you can already play the piano and scales and have a basic ability to read music.

You will learn more about the blues and jazz standards and explore the nature of improvisation in more depth.

KS3 Chemistry

What is Carbon


Dan Snow talks you through ‘Escaping The Trenches’ in this seven minute video.

English KS3

Writing to Persuade, Argue and Advise .