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Senior Blog: 8th October 2020

Welcome to the Katie Jayne Senior Blog, Issue Number 16.

It is great to have you with us. We are pleased to say that this issue is full of ideas on how to spend Halloween, an article from Cathy Salvi from the Surrey Counselling Centre about how to deal with change and our regular features, ‘A Day in the Life Of’, Media Charts and some helpful educational activities to help with your studies.

If you would like to write an article for our senior blog, please feel free to get in touch with us at info@katiejayne.co.uk.

Have a spooky Halloween and see you next time!



There are so many great activities to safely get involved with this Halloween and we wanted to shout about them so that you don’t miss out. Take a look!

Homemade Halloween costumes are always great fun. Start thinking about what you could dress up as. You could customise your face mask with a ghoulish grin or a ghostly mouth to match your outfit.

Halloween at London Designer Outlet, Wembley Park
21 October-3 November 2019

The Original Tour’s Spooktacular Kids Tour, central London
24 October-1 November

Grim Keepers at ZSL London Zoo, Regent’s Park
19-27 October

Hyde Park’s Hair Raising Discovery Days
23 & 24 October

Spooky Storytime on the London Eye, Waterloo
23-26 & 31 October

Lil’ Monsters Bash at Hard Rock Cafe, Mayfair
26 October

Osterley Park and House Halloween Pumpkin Festival
19-26 October

But our favourite is Tulleys Farm in Crawley (we know this is a bit of a trek but it is great fun). This year they do not have their normal run of Halloween activities, but they do have a fab drive-thru spooky cinema.

Cathy Salvi – Counsellor & Founder of SLCC

This issue Cathy talks about change and how it affects us….

Change is an emotional experience. The most significant change to all of our lives has been Covid-19. How did you feel when words such as: CV-19, pandemic, lockdown, social distancing, self-isolation became the norm? Worried, depressed, sad, angry and stressed-out? Or were you excited, happy to work from home, motivated, energised, and perhaps optimistic about staying at home?

Maybe your feelings were both positive and negative, the odds are you felt something.

Cast your mind back.

Can you remember the change? It is possible there was an emotion attached to that feeling.

Understanding Normal Emotional Responses Is Often Negative

This negativity can block our acceptance of change.

Change Always Means Loss

Negative reactions to change is that people always lose something. Although it is possible to gain something, normally a loss always is involved. Covid-19 affected our lives and lockdown meant school closures. For some, the closures have been a gain but the reality is you lost so much; valuable social interaction with your friends, gaps in our learning, motivation to study. You lost your freedom and autonomy.

With Loss, You Need to Learn Acceptance

You need time to accept this change – not just to throw a switch to say, “Well, that’s just fine.” You need to identify the change/loss, the first step is to understand what it is. Acknowledge your feelings, you have taken a giant first step towards acceptance. Take time to develop a plan.

Accept that your exams might not happen in 2021,
Accept you will have to work harder for weekly assessments and tests,
Accept this is the only way teachers can evaluate an overall grade for you,
Accept you might be better at sitting exams and that opportunity might pass you by,
Accept you might not get into your chosen University,
Accept your plans for traveling might not be possible,
Accept that this Pandemic and outcome is out of your control,


And remember, everyone is so proud of your efforts.
Stay calm and change will happen.

Best of luck,


When you are no longer able to change the situation, you are challenged to change yourself. And that changes everything. Marc and Angel

A Day in the Life of …an App Developer.

Mobile applications are growing exponentially and so it’s no surprise that there is a growing need for qualified mobile app developers.
They are responsible for developing the applications we use on our phones, both on Android and iOS. These roles provide great salaries and brilliant job prospects, with a range of £85,000-£150,000 and more depending on which company you work for.

What is a Mobile App Developer?

A app developer is somebody that creates functional and aesthetically pleasing apps for people to use on either iOS or Android devices and  then looks after the maintenance.

If you are having thoughts about turning your hand to App development find out more about what that entails. A successful app developer tends to start the day checking out what broke overnight, so for the first half an hour of each day looking at what bugs came out overnight is key. Then looking at the customer support tickets that have come in. Many app developers say that this helps them to see their app through the eyes of their customers, the app users.

Unsolved issues can grow and what would have been a small job in time turns into a total rewrite if you let it go long enough.

Keeping in touch with colleagues and clients helps to ensure that everyone is working efficiently and that everyone is working on priority jobs.

Designing the code and looking at ensuring the front and back end of the App work smoothly is all part of the day.

If you train to develop Apps  you could consider the following job roles: iOS developer  or  UI/UX designer.

To help you get onto the right path choose your curriculum subjects carefully.

You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:

Computer Science

Software Engineering

Computer Applications Development


Financial Technology

Entry requirements

You will usually need:

1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma

2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

You can complete a software developer higher apprenticeship.

You may be able to do a creative digital design professional degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

To get onto an apprenticeship, you will find it useful to have:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

Take a look at the following sites to help you:

Professional and industry bodies

You could join The Chartered Institute for IT and the Institution of Analysts and Programmers, for professional development and training.

Learn App Making 

Core Mobile App Developers



Katie Jayne’s Interesting Facts

The first Drive-Thru was conceived in 1933, in America. The original drive-in theatre cost £23,500 in start-up fees. In 2020, that equates to a £460,000 investment. Original drive-in tickets cost 25 pence per car, as well as 20 pence per person. Today, the average price of a movie ticket costs roughly £12.00.

Thought For The Week

If you cannot get down to Drive-Thru cinema, why not choose a dry night and try setting up a screen in your back garden? You may need to get an adult to help and definitely ask permission. A scary movie is definitely the way to go for October…


Regular items...

Media Charts


Number one in the charts is ‘Mood’.

24k Goldn FT Iann Dior.


Kajillionaire is about two con artists who have spent 26 years training their daughter to scam and steal at every turn. Watch as their entire world is turned upside down.


Motion Ninja is the new filming app that lets you use special effects to create a film. You can add flames, lasers, effect stickers, and a lot more.You can create Reels or TikToks.





Feel The Burn

Turbulence Training allows you to work out with no equipment. Bodyweight workouts designed to help you burn fat and get lean. These instructional videos are mostly under 10 minutes.


KS3 Computer Science

What is computational thinking? Take a look here.

KS3 Physics

What is combustion?


Developing an idea. Watch this short video.

KS3 French

Pronouncing words in French.