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Lucy's blog

More than just a drama class

I remember reading the Annabel Karmel recipe books for cooking inspiration when my children were young. One of the pasta sauce recipes she recommended was great because the vegetables were disguised, resulting in a delicious pasta sauce filled with vitamins and goodness...

Keep calm and breathe

A few weeks ago, we covered a topic in class all about how to relax and calm down if you’re feeling worried or anxious. In all our drama, dance and singing classes, we always have a weekly focus which helps to develop children’s social skills. Topics range from...

How to help your child enter a room confidently

We have a different life skill focus each week at our Perform classes. These focuses are chosen from a combination of requests from parents over the years and my own experience as a mother of two. For example, the inspiration for last term’s “Manners...

He's behind you!

The count down to Christmas is on and what does that mean? Pantomimes! Going to a pantomime is often a child’s first exposure to the theatre and is something I do every year with my children. It’s also an exciting time for many of our teachers as they take to...

A guide to using screen time well

I bought my son an iPhone a few months ago. This was partly as a reward for working towards an exam but mainly as a practical solution to him travelling on public transport to secondary school for the first time on his own. As decisions go, this was one of my worst ones...

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,...

Can science make your child ‘smarter?’

  I blogged a few weeks ago about an article claiming “how to make your child into a genius” and today I found this article which I thought I’d share with you too. It’s apparently about how to make your kids smarter (this time...

What does drama bring to people?

I know I go on about this in my blogs but drama is SO powerful. I'm aware that some people see drama as a dispensable add-on in schools. An extra-curricular activity that's fun but not educational. At a time of budget cuts and standardised tests I can see why...

Why drama should be available to all children

I read an article in the Evening Standard recently where writer David Wood, who recently adapted Judith Kerr’s ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea for the stage, talked about the importance of drama for children. He said that children who take part in workshops...

A step-by-step guide to the autumn term

  It’s the end of the summer holidays and we are now extremely busy putting the final touches to our curriculum for Autumn Term 2014. When I set up Perform nearly 15 years ago, I wanted to create a drama school which was about the children having the best fun...
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