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This Week's Focus

Below you can see what the children are focusing in classes this week. Click on other weeks to see what we've been doing or what is still to come. 

Yee ha, welcome to the Wild West!

In our first wonderfully wild week, we'll learn how to confidently say 'Howdy' as we meet and welcome our new cowboy and cowgirl friends.

Find out more about what to expect from this week's class in the below video from Miranda.

Exploring space

Spatial awareness means being aware of ourselves and other people or objects within a space; an important skill which helps us consider others. We'll bring to life the benefits of being spatially aware as we have fun moving around the room.

Perform teacher, Holly, tells us more about what we can expect from class this week in the video below.

I'll try that

Children can put up a barrier to trying new things, often preferring to stick with the familiar. Using improvisation, we learn that it can be very rewarding to try something new. We'll all decide to try something new in the week ahead.

Perform Producer, Katie, tells us more about what we can expect from class this week in the video below.

Listening to instructions

The ability to listen to, and follow, instructions is an important life skill which allows a child to complete tasks effectively. We'll use exercises which focus on hearing, listening and concentrating in order to bring this skill to life.

Perform Producer, Emma, elaborates on this week's focus in the video below and shares how she will be bringing it to life in class this week.

Acting without words

Children love to play games like Charades and this is actually building their thinking and physical skills. Using gesture, facial expression and movement, we'll show the children how we can act out a story without using words - this is called miming.

Perform Producer, Kelly, elaborates on this week's focus in the video below and shares how she will be bringing it to life in class this week.

I'm amazing because...

Helping children to develop a positive mental attitude about themselves helps them feel more confident. We'll ask the children to share one thing about themselves which makes them amazing and we'll discuss how sharing this makes them feel.

It's Perform Producer, Abby's favourite focus, so here she is to tell us more about what she will be up to in class this week.

We're still friends

Dealing with conflict can be stressful for children but we'll help them understand that conflict is part of life and can be resolved. We'll talk about understanding other people's feelings, staying calm, deciding how big a problem is and when to ask for help.

It's a really important lesson for the children. Here's Amy to tell us more about what to expect.

Vocal rhythms

Singing techniques like rhythm and pulse help children learn the words and melody of a song. In this fun session, we'll have everyone clapping and finger clicking as we find the pulse in a song as we learn it.

We're having lots of fun this week. Here's Charlotte to tell us more.

Speaking on my own

If children can build confidence in speaking in front of others when they are young, there is more chance that they will lose their fear of public speaking and grow into confident, expressive adults. We'll encourage everyone to have a go as we play some fun games which allow the children to lose their inhibitions and project their voices the Perform way in this fun session.

Lights, camera, action

When the children perform our Wild West show, they need to know where they need to stand and when, where their fellow actors will be and what happens next. We'll discover the art of stagecraft as we work through the scenes of our presentation.

Final rehearsal

A show run-through in costume! Do help your children practise their lines for that final confidence boost.

Presentation Week

The children will show their parents, family and friends what they've been working on this term. It's time for our Wild West show.

Introducing Cinderella Rocks

We'll get the term started wih a high-energy class filled with icebreaker getting-to-know-each-other games and a few rock star moves as a taste of what's to come.

Find out more about what to expect from this week's class in the below video from Cat.

Spatial awareness

Spatial awareness is a cognitive skill that helps us do things like read a map, decide how far we can safely jump or build complex things. We'll explore the importance of being spatially aware through movement and stage awareness games.

Watch the video below to hear Rhia explain how we will be adapting this focus to suit our virtual lessons..

Go for it!

Missing out on an opportunity due to a moment of hesitation - or a lack of confidence to speak up or volunteer - can be frustrating, leading to feelings of regret. We'll demonstrate that often there is more to be gained by 'going for it' than by holding back.

Perform Producer, Katie, tells us more about what we can expect from class this week in the video below.

Received and understood

Following instructions requires us to interpret a request, sequence the information and take steps to seek clarification if needed. To demonstrate this, we'll play games to show how eye contact, tone of voice, simple language and repetition can help us communicate.

Perform Producer, Emma, elaborates on this week's focus in the video below and shares how she will be bringing it to life in class this week.

The art of mime

Mime is a key aspect of learning drama as it helps children to understand the importance of using their whole body and not just their voices. We'll demonstrate the art of mime and introduce techniques like visualisation and spatial awareness.

Perform Producer, Kelly, elaborates on this week's focus in the video below and shares how she will be bringing it to life in class this week.

I believe in myself

Children who have strong self-belief are more inclined to be positive when tackling challenges as they tend to have greater resilience. We'll use exercises to show how we can develop a positive attitude about ourselves and the impact this can have on us.

Perform Producer, Rachel, tells us more about what to expect from this fabulous, confidence-building focus..

It's good to talk

As children develop their social and language skills, they naturally become more able to work through conflicts and use problem solving skills. We'll focus on the benefits of good listening and the importance of talking about how we feel.

Perform Producer, Ben, tells us more about what we can expect from class this week. We're hoping to insight some important discussions.

Music rhythm and pulse

The patterns in music - short and long notes, pulse and beat - provide the backbone upon which the rest of the music hangs. We'll have fun identifying each of these in this noisy session.

We're having lots of fun this week. Here's Charlotte to tell us more.

 

Making a speech

Developing confident spoken communication is an asset which will reap benefits throughout life. Strong communicators do well at school, find it easier to make friends and impress at job interviews. We'll look at understanding our audience, keeping sentences simple and using good articulation as we take it in turns to deliver a speech to the group.

Smart stagecraft

Great actors have strong stagecraft skills: they know where to stand and when, how to keep perfect timing, articulate well and avoid overpowering others. We'll have a fun session as we look at how we'll stage our production of Cinderella Rocks.

Final rehearsal

We'll run through our Cinderella Rocks show in costume. Do help your child to learn their lines for that final confidence boost.

Watch the video below to hear Craig tell us why this week is so important.

Presentation Week

The children will show their parents, family and friends what they've been working on this term. It's time for our Cinderella Rocks show!

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