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Lucy's blog

Internet Safety - What Zak & Zara’s Cyberspace Adventure will teach your kids

This week is a very busy week for us at Perform HQ. Despite that fact that our term ends on 21st July, we are working hard to put the final touches on our summer holiday courses that start on 24th July and run until 25th August. This year, 7-12s will be working on a...

How do we talk to our children about tragic events

This week, parents nationwide have probably been deliberating the same challenging question: how do we explain the Manchester bombings to our children? When I woke up yesterday morning and saw the terrible news, I called my husband who was already at work. He told me to...

Why Children Should Learn to Shake Hands

At every Perform class, we have a focus of the week. The focuses are usually based on a practical social ability such as Eye Contact, Volunteering or How to use a loud voice . This week, our topic is How to do the perfect handshake. Even though...

Separation Anxiety: How to leave a crying child

One of our brilliant Perform Teachers sent me this article. It's about how parents should deal with separation anxiety when leaving their child at school or a class for the first time and I wholeheartedly agree with the advice. For 20 years, I’ve taught...

Should emotions be taught in schools?

I recently came across a really interesting post on Ideas.Ted.com. It discusses whether schools should start teaching emotions as well as other core subjects. You can read it here. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts. Teaching emotions is...

History and Hip Hop – why we’re combining the two at Perform X

We're big fans of the classics here at Perform. We always use a famous children's book to adapt for our holiday courses. For example this year we'll be flying to Neverland for February half term, and tumbling into Wonderland over Easter. It's so...

Anti-Bullying Week

If you do a search for “my child is being bullied,” you'll be inundated with different websites and practical advice as to what to do if this is happening to your child. I was bullied at school and it was horrible. It doesn’t only affect...

Performing Arts for ALL children

    One of things I am proudest of is our Perform4ALL project. Perform4ALL came about back in 2001 when I was making contact with a local primary school to spread the word about our weekly classes. Visiting the school...

My personal passion: inspiring children with drama

When my business partner and I set up Perform sixteen years ago, we wanted to do something completely different to what other children’s drama classes were doing. We had both worked for other drama schools and, while they were great in many ways, we wanted to...

10 things to ask when choosing an extracurricular activity for your child

If you’re like me, you’re probably in the process of choosing after-school or weekend activities for your child for the autumn term. It's a tricky process with so much choice out there.  I’ve been running Perform for 17 years now and, based...
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