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The Best Things To Do In London This Autumn

Autumn in London reaches from the end of September to the end of December and is a time when the temperature is regularly decreasing, varying from 8 to 15 degrees. Despite the shorter days and dropping temperatures, London is even more beautiful with the colors of Autumn, especially the parks. With this in mind, we have selected various tips on events and places to go in this Autumn. Have fun and enjoy the city in the best way this season!

BFI London Film Festival

It is an important annual film festival held in the United Kingdom, which takes place in the second half of October with the collaboration of the British Film Institute. It features more than 300 films, documentaries and short films from approximately 50 countries.

Dates: 10th October to 25th October.

 

Museums at Night

Several museums across the UK open their doors to exciting nightly events and spectacular nightly performances.

Dates: 25th October to 27th October

More information: http://museumsatnight.org.uk/

London Jazz Festival

It is the greatest urban music festival happens annually in November. The event has been acclaimed and recognized for offering famous artists and emerging stars. The Festival remains a wide audience and continues to be one of the UK’s most important musical events.

Dates: 16th November to 25th November

More information: https://efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/

Totally Thames Festival

It is the annual celebration of the River Thames happens during the month of September.

Dates: 01th September to 30th September

More information: http://totallythames.org/

Fireworks Night (Guy Fawkes Night)

Annually, on November 5, the British celebrate the day King James I survived the attempt against on his life on November 5, 1605. Especially in London, people still light fires and fireworks on several points of the city, is a beautiful spectacle to watch.

Dates: 05th November

Parque Hyde Park, Regent’s Park e  St. James’s Park

 There are several parks in London, and in autumn they are even more beautiful. Enjoy!

London Cocktail Week

The London Cocktail Week is a great option for lovers of drinks.

Dates: 01th October to 07th October.

More information: https://drinkup.london/cocktailweek/

Schools in the UK are free

Schools in the UK are free, efficient, organized and therefore accessible to the whole population. Those costs are only for food and uniforms. For this reason, some people choose to put their children in public schools, but there are also options for private schools, called Independents schools.

In today’s post, we will explain how the public education system works in England. Check out!

Academic Year and Holidays

The school year starts at the beginning of September and ends at the end of July. The days may vary according to the school council. Remembering that the teaching schedule is complete beginning in the morning and ending only in the afternoon.

The holidays are a little different than in Brazil, for example. There are several breaks during the year, the longest holidays will be between a school year and another, lasting around 1 month and a half. Divided periods are called terms. Each term has a 1-week break during the period and between one and the other is 2-weeks.

Nursery

Nurseries are equivalent to daycare centers in another countries and children from 3 years old are empowered to 15 hours a week free of charge. If you choose to put before that age you will probably have to shell out a figure.

Reception

At age 4 the child starts in the class called Reception, which is not part of the necessary curriculum but many primary schools already offer. Only after the age of 5 does schooling become required and the child must be registered in a school.

Primary School

Primary schools correspond to elementary education and run from year 1 to year 6, meaning the ages of 5 to 11 years. Primary education is split into:

Key Stage 1 – years 1 and 2

Key Stage 2 – year 3 through year 6

Secondary School

Secondary schools are equivalent to elementary education II and high school and it runs from year 7 to year 11. At this stage, it is likely that the child will have to change schools. There are also schools called Grammar schools, these are secondary public schools considered to be differentiated and consequently popular. During the year 6 students can take a test to be called to study in these schools depending on the score reached.

The secondary education comprises the ages of 11 to 16 years and is divided into:

Key Stage 3 – years 7 to 9

Key Stage 4 – 10 and 11 years

It is also during this period that students take the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) exam that is important for university education and the professional future, as some job openings require it.

Sixth Form

Some secondary schools do not have Sixth Form which is the last years year 12 and year 13 attended between the ages of 16 and 18 as they are not required. At this age, the teenager can decide to work. The Sixth Form is divided into year 12 also called Lower Sixth and year 13 calling Upper Sixth.

This point can be considered preparatory to the university teaching and a direction for the student for the future career.

If you have recently moved to UK and still do not know how to register your children in the schools, it is quite simple, just go to the council of your area and they will guide you the best option based on your address and available positions.

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6 unusual tours to visit in London

If you know well London must be familiar with the traditional views of the city, such as Big Ben, London Eye or Tower bridge, but London has an ample variety of tourism that escapes from the usual. We prepare for you 6 tours that you can not miss and considerably away from the usual ones. Check out!

1 – Little Venice – The English Venice

You do not have to go far to feel the feeling of Venice considering London has its personal English Venice. Named as Little Venice, the area is nearby to Paddington station, where you begin the tour through a set of artificial canals and cross through some points of the city, such as Regent’s Park. It is available only during the summer and you can take the tour at several times of the day.

2 – Tour Jack the Ripper

If you like horror stories you can not miss the Tour Jack the Ripper. You must remember the famous murderer who was never arrested by the police. All his story to this day prompts curiosity and shivers, represented even in the film. The daily tour follows the steps of the killer and places where the killings happened.

3 – Visit to parliament

It is very common to visit parliament outside and take lots of photos, but have you thought about taking a tour inside? You can meet important rooms in the Palace of Westminster and still visit an assembly.

4 – Highgate cemetery

It may even seem like a dark circuit, but the Highgate cemetery has a lot of beauty to be appreciated with monuments, as well as the burial place of Karl Marx, George Eliot, and Douglas Adams.

5 – Emirates Air Line

If you like to get to know the London Eye and see the city from the tops, you’ll love the Emirates Air Line, which is located in the Greenwich area. Despite being known as a common means of transport from London, it is still a beautiful tour, is not it?

6 – Football stadium tour

Support for some English league team? How about knowing the stadium of your favorite team? Many of them have tours where you can check facilities such as the grass, locker rooms, and even the trophy room.

Have you done any of these unusual tours? Tell us!

United Kingdom will face less heat in the next coming days

After over a month of temperaturas above the average in England, the heat will finally come back to levels considered to be normal for British summer. After a weekend of high temperaturas and the month of August starting with over 30 degrees, weather specialists expect the heatwave to be over this week.

According to the Met Office, it is still possible that the mercury will rise up to 33 degrees in London, and to 34 in areas such as Norfolk and Essex. After that, however, it is expected that temperatures will come back to what Britons consider to be normal, and with rain. 

In this heatwave, the Met Office, in partnership with the NHS, has even published alerts that instructed the population to be safe from the heat in order to avoid risk of sunstroke, and classified the temperatures as one level above of what would be considered a situation of national emergency. The temperatures even hit a record high, being the highest ever registered in England until now. In other parts of Europe, such as Portugal and Spain, the mercury hit 44 degrees in the past few days. 

To meteorologists, it is likely that temperatures will become mild – around 20 degrees – and that the British summer will be normal again, without the heatwaves. 

The information is from Metro.

Temperatures are still high in The UK

For over a month, the United Kingdom has been facing high temperatures. The British government has issued a level 3 heat alert for east and southeast regions. The level 4 is already considered a national emergency. The alert must last until Friday, because it is expected that temperatures will hit their peak between Thursday and Friday this week. 

According to the BBC, some areas in England have hit 34 degrees, and the Met Office does not rule out the possibility of temperatures hitting over 34 degrees.

Besides everything, the current heatwave still has not overcome the one in 2015, when London registered 36 degrees, the highest temperature ever registered in the United Kingdom. Adding to that, the United Kingdom is facing a dry season, with rain levels under 20% of what is normally expected for this time of the year.

The NHS and the Met Office recommend that people avoid the sun during the heatwave and have extra care with small children. The Met Office also advises to avoid exposure to the sun between 11 AM and 3 PM, and to keep hydrated to avoid risk of sunstroke. In some hospitais, the number of patients arriving because of the heatwave has already equaled to the ones admitted in winter because of respiratory diseases.

*Photo: BBC