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Senior Blog: 6th August 2020

Welcome to the Katie Jayne Tutors Senior Blog Issue Number 12.

We have been looking back at some of the great ideas, competitions, information snippets, thoughts and educational advice printed within the Senior Blog. If you haven’t read all twelve blogs they are available for you to check out, just go to the Katie Jayne website and click on blogs, or just click here (www.katiejayne.co.uk).

The middle of the summer holidays always gives us time to reminisce, with extra hours in the day to spend on doing the things we love and with a much more relaxed routine we find that many of our students turn to the creative. Having time for your mind to open up, allowing your creative juices to flow is so important. Take a read of our feature this week and delve into the world of creatives, see the benefit of your skills and look at how they can be the key to unlocking your future.

We have our usual regular items including a great new yoga workout and a guide to what’s new in the Media Chart and a competition that you must not miss!

Settle down and join us. Let us know what you are all getting up to and we shall see you next time.


Do I Have Creativity?

It has been shown that a child’s capacity to be innovative is vast.  Allowing yourself to give it a go and try it is part of this creative process. The creative subjects are as important as Literacy, Math and the Sciences. How will our employers of tomorrow find the next Film Director or Reporter, Illustrator or Game Designer if our students today are not allowed to be creative? The power of music, art and creative writing is all around us and allows us to talk about and highlight social issues.

Our future world is changing and jobs within that future world have not yet been thought of, so to keep up with the technology and changes in our social environment we need our students to be diverse, dynamic and creative. As we travel through our school life we are more likely to follow the academic subjects, leaving behind the subjects we love, the things we are really good at, the things that allow us to be ourselves, but by keeping those aspects within our educational circle we can use them to help us step into our future roles.

All sectors across the business world and in industry need young creative minds to help make a difference in a fast paced and ever-changing world. They need young people with new ideas as well as the more obvious skills and outcomes. The ability to create takes particular brain power – it needs channelling. Providing opportunities for young people to explore their creativity enhances their future career prospects and better prepares them for tomorrow’s workforce.

Why don’t you hone your creative skills? You could join a writing class, pen some poetry, take a game design course, join a choir, learn a musical instrument, enjoy trying something new and getting it hopelessly wrong but loving it all the same. Perhaps you won’t get it hopelessly wrong perhaps you will fly and spread your wings. You won’t know unless you give it a try!

Getting Back To Normal!

Do we want to get back to normal? What IS normal?

Our lives and social systems have been paused and it is time to return to some sort of normal. Humans are very curious, learning is something that we all want to do, whether it is learning algebra, playing the guitar, how to fix our bike or how to cook Grandma’s special Christmas cake. So getting back into the swing of going back to school shouldn’t be too difficult. Humans also love company and collaboration so slipping back into the rhythm of seeing friends and sharing conversation with them should be a doddle. However, perhaps you will miss certain things about being in lock down, like spending more time together as a family or being able to get up and go for a jog before settling into your day or taking your dog for a walk at lunchtime… all things that will change when we get back to normal.

Change comes from people trying something different and making alterations from the foundations up, so why not keep those important things woven into your day. Set your alarm a half hour early and take that jog before school or before starting your homework in the evening take your dog for its walk. Whatever it is you do not want to lose from your lock down lives try and squeeze them into your day.


Neglect Of Our Relationship With Our Natural World

One good thing to come from our imposed lock down is that many of us have spent more time outside. We have heard your stories about growing flowers and fruit and vegetables, looking at the birds and butterflies and taking an interest in the subject that is our environment.

We can see that this pandemic has been caused by our relationship with nature. The greats like David Attenborough, Erin Brokovic and Sunita Narain have all been talking for many years about how we, the human race, treat our planet. Large scale agriculture and farming techniques, the use of chemicals on our crops, the condition of our soil and seas, the use of plastics and the throw away society that we have become. There is plenty of  opportunity for you to get involved with the natural world and our environment both at school and at home.

Take a look at some of our interesting links below to see how you can make a difference.

WWOOF – A World Wide Movement linking volunteers to organic farms to create cultural and educational experiences.

Plant a tree – Even out your carbon footprint.

South East Rivers Trust – Help to clean up a river near you.

Wild About Gardens – Create a butterfly border.

Love Bats – Help bats to live, create a batty neighbourhood.

Wild About Worms – Yuck, but they are so important to keeping our soil in good condition.

Create an urban habitat for wildlife. Why not try to make some of the following to have in your garden or local outdoor space:

Bird boxes
Bat Boxes
Invertebrate habitats
Habitat Walls
Reptile hibernaculas
Nesting rafts

You must get permission from the landowner if you are hoping to use an outdoor space that does not belong to  you. Many councils are actively seeking out projects already that will help with biodiversity, so if you get in contact with them you may find that they have a volunteer group that you can join.


The Big Bang Competition

The Big Bang Competition recognises and rewards young people’s achievements in all areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), whilst providing them with the opportunity to build their skills and confidence in project-based work.

The Competition is open to all UK residents in full-time education or training (Year groups 7 to 13 and Scottish/NI equivalent). The entry procedure for 2020/21 will be announced soon.

Finalists compete for over £20,000 worth of amazing prizes including top and runner-up prizes in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories for Science and Engineering, as well as the coveted titles of GSK UK Young Engineer of the Year and GSK UK Young Scientist.

Visit their How to get started page for advice and inspiration, and read the rules and eligibility for 2020 (2021 Finals).



Regular items...

Feel The Burn

Yoga With Adrienne – take a beginners class or a more advanced class to suit your needs. A great way to start your day.

Football Drills – at home. Three most effective football drills for you to practice before the football sessions start back up and to get you ready for your next game.

Media Chart

‘The King’ is a 2019 epic historical romantic war drama film based on several plays from William Shakespeare’s “Henriad”.

Another movie which fell slightly under the radar is ‘Da 5 Bloods‘ which follows a group of Vietnam war veterans as they return to the country in the present day, searching for the remains of their fallen commander and the treasure he left behind. It’s an emotional journey that will see them confront their traumatic memories of the brutal conflict. With great actors Delroy Lindo (The Good Fight), Clarke Peters (The Wire), Norm Lewis (Scandal), Isiah Whitlock Jr (BlacKkKlansman) and Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) play the original Bloods with Jonathan Majors representing the next generation.


Head & Heart by Joel Corry feat. Manek.


ARCore Depth Lab is an AR app. It showcases various AR abilities, including the ability of ARCore to perceive depth. Use it to watch snow on surfaces in your home or watch a ball roll down the stairs. The demos are not wonderful but it is a peek into how AR is developing for those with an interest in the digital world.

Educational Activities


Dan Snow looks at the errors that lead to the catastrophic explosion at Chernobyl in 1986 with a Harvard professor.

British Museum

Take a virtual tour of the British Museum and learn about subjects you will be studying next year.

Maths GCSE

Laws of Indices 

Converting between decimals, percentages and fractions