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Celebrating World Cultures

  Each term at Perform for 4-7s, we have a different theme around which we base our drama, dance and singing resources. The themes range from imaginary places such as Fairytale Forest to historical and cultural idioms like The Wild West.  Tor the...

Introducing children to Shakespeare

At Perform, we’ve always had ambitious aims. We write our own curriculum, songs, poems and choreography so, over the years, we’ve been able to set the standard very high for what we want the children to get out of our sessions. Children love to be...

How to fuel a child's creativity

Did anyone else cringe when they read about Tamara Ecclestone’s two year old daughter’s latest gift? She recently received a £10,000 playhouse which is also a replica of their £70 million Kensington mansion. If you haven't already seen it already,...

Will school theatre trips be a thing of the past?

  Sarah O’Keefe is Head Of Drama at the highly-regarded La Sainte Union school for girls in Hampstead. As this week’s guest blogger, she discusses the recent changes to the curriculum for Drama GCSE. As all drama teachers will be aware, from September...

Teaching positive body language

I am a huge advocate of Positive Body Language - for example: shoulders back, head held high, standing tall and good eye contact - to make me feel more confident in certain situations. I genuinely believe that, if your body language says ‘confident’, then you...

Why drama is good for children's psychological development

This week, I’m delighted to introduce a guest blogger - Peter Saxby. Peter was an NHS Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Psychology Services before developing a full-time private practice with clinics in several BMI Healthcare Private Hospitals.  He...

How our new dance classes were born

Since starting Perform in 2000, we have developed lots of other activities for children and they have always been at the request of parents and have grown organically.  For instance, I had never considered doing children’s birthday parties until a...

Entering a room confidently

Every week throughout the term, we have a different  "life skill" focus running through everything we teach. These can range from the specific such as Eye Contact, or Using a Loud Voice to more general positive traits like Concentration...

Teaching children about climate change

It’s such a busy time in the run up to the school holidays so thank you for taking the time to read this blog. For me, the end of a term is primarily focused on next term's curriculum and accompanying resources and we are currently finalising our...

How to discuss bad news with children

It’s a sad fact of life that much of the news we hear reported on the radio and TV is often bad news involving violence and death. My two children, aged six and eight, are at the age where they ask questions when they overhear such news being reported and as a parent,...
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