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MAY HALF TERM 2017

15 MAY – 2 JULY 2017

ISSUE NO 98


Dear Reader

Welcome to our May half term issue, the Number One What’s on

Guide for family fun in North London.

The weather seems to be improving and warming up nicely, although

there are many gardeners amongst us who are doing a little bit of a rain

dance as I write. We hope the rain does fall, but not during the half term

holiday which will soon be upon us!

In this issue we are delighted to bring you lots of wonderful events

and activities to help you keep your children busy during half term and

beyond – many of them are either free or low cost. Don’t forget to

check our website for more fun things to do or if you are going to

visit a different county this holiday and would like to see What’s On,

www.primarytimes.net.

May half term is always a tricky school holiday for some families, particularly

for working parents who prefer not to take extended leave so close to the

summer holidays. We offer suggestions that will be a big hit with your kids,

from holiday activity camps to fun days out, whatever the weather.

Our regular Box Office features some family favourites to choose from

– a trip to the theatre is always such a treat whatever your age. Our

Competitions are on page 17 with some fabulous prizes up for grabs.

We hope you enjoy this issue and have a happy and fun filled time

with our help over the coming weeks.

With very best wishes from Marion, Frances, Tina, Sue & Catherine

Don’t forget to visit us online at

www. primarytimes.net/north_london

Contents

12

20

4 News and Views

6 WOW

12 Family Fun

17 Competitions

18 Box Office

20 Focus on Education

CALLING ALL

FAMILIES

AND TEACHERS!

Remember to send in your

news for our news pages –

we would love to hear

from you!

CONTENTS

THE PRIMARY TIMES TEAM

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NEWS & VIEWS

News & Views

Do you have news to celebrate? We’d love to hear!

Email marion@schoolspublishing.co.uk

CHICKENSHED HAS TWO

WONDERFUL SHOWS FOR

CHILDREN AGED 0 TO 6 YEARS

DURING THIS SUMMER SEASON.

Tales from The Shed are Chickenshed’s vibrant interactive

theatre shows that are perfect for young children. Enjoy our

informal, lively and amazingly engaging shows as our performers

and audience share the same space. Children are encouraged to

make a lot of noise and to make the story happen. Every week

we present different stories featuring the same much loved

characters and we guarantee that the show will be fun and really

silly, with plenty of colourful puppets and live music. There are

Tales from the Shed shows for 0-6yrs every Friday morning at

11.30am and Saturday morning at 10am and 11.30am

Our second show, Planet Play is Chickenshed’s new magical

world of sensory learning, wonder and exploration for babies

and toddlers aged 0-3yrs. These fun, immersive sessions are

full of music, song and movement and offer a truly wonderful

sensory experience. Planet Play sessions are every Friday

morning at 10am.

Visit www.chickenshed.org.uk for further information.

TERRIFIC TOYS:

MADE AND PLAYED IN ENFIELD

Thursday 13 April 2017 – Sunday 7 January 2018

Free admission

An exhibition celebrating the golden era of toys and games, made in

Enfield by famous names such as Spears Games and Lesney Matchbox

and played with by generations of local children. Nostalgic adults and

inquisitive children will marvel over a wide selection of toys from the

museum collection, including; Lotto board games, model steam engines,

Top Trumps card games, toy soldiers, alphabet bricks, Tiddlywinks, Yo Yos,

dolls and picture books. With cheerful exhibition interactives for children,

including large versions of board games on the floor and dressing up

opportunities, Terrific Toys will bring to life the history of toys for new

generations, while adults take a trip down memory lane.

The Dugdale, 39 London Road, Enfield Town, EN2 6DS

www.dugdalecentre.co.uk 0208 807 6680

Broomfield is a small school with

all the advantages this brings in

catering for the needs of our pupils

aged 11 to 16.

We have a genuine family atmosphere and

know all of our pupils well. No pupil is ever

overlooked. We offer the very best education

for all pupils ensuring that every child reaches

their full potential through a tailored curriculum

and exceptional teaching and pastoral provision.

We are determined that when our pupils come

to leave Broomfield after five years, they will be

knowledgeable, intelligent, well qualified, highly

skilled, virtuous and well-rounded individuals

able to play their full part in society.

At Broomfield School, great emphasis is

placed on having the highest standard of

teaching in our classrooms. With good and

outstanding teaching comes excellent learning,

excellent behaviour, enjoyment of school and

outstanding progress and achievement.

In the Summer of 2016 our Year 11 pupils

achieved the best GCSE results in our history,

placing Broomfield in the top 25% of school

nationally for the Government’s Progress 8

measure.

We would encourage parents starting

to think about their child’s secondary

education to come along and visit us at

one of our Open Mornings on 25th May,

29th June and 14th July at 9.15am. Just

email office@broomfield.enfield.sch.uk or

call 0208 368 4701 to book your place and

come and be part of our success.

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DANNY GRANT SOCCER SCHOOL

www.dgsoccer.co.uk 020-8446 0891

Our action-packed SUMMER HOLIDAY COURSES in NW3 offer fitness

training, football skills & a range of exciting technique activities. In

addition all players take part in daily

competitions and tournaments. Our team

of professional coaches continually assess

the progress of each child with support and

encouragement ensuring a positive and

exciting experience for all participants. Boys

& girls of all abilities welcome. Non-stop

football fun for 3 to 12 year olds.

TERM-TIME CLASSES & BIRTHDAY PARTIES

also bookable!

Call us for more details and to book a place.

DRAMARAMA STAGE SCHOOL

www.dramarama.co.uk. 020-8446-0891

Dramarama provides specialised theatrical training

in Drama, Drama Exams, Musical Theatre and Street

Dance for boys and girls aged 3 to 15.

Our carefully selected drama technique activities

develop voice-work, performance skills and confidence.

This summer we are offering 4 weeks of courses in NW3:

Dramatots (3 & 4 yrs) can explore imaginative

adventures and plays.

Performers (5 to 15 yrs) will join the casts of our exciting

plays, musicals and street dance shows.

Our team of professional actors and directors are looking forward to a busy

and creative summer with talented and enthusiastic young performers!

Call or email for more details.

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WHAT’S ON WHERE

SUMMER FUN WITH ANNA FIORENTINI

The award winning Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film

School, for 4 -18 year olds, is holding two Summer

Schools, 24 - 28 July and 31 July - 4 August. Your child

can experience a Musical Adventure as they explore

some of the best loved shows from the West End and

Broadway and put on their own production for family

and friends. As an added bonus they will also be taken

to see the West End’s School of Rock and Annie.

Throughout term times, students follow a part-time

timetable of drama/film, singing and dance all taught

by leading industry professionals at branches in

Hackney, Camden, Greenwich and Docklands.

Although the school boasts about the professional

work many of its students have gained via its agency,

including leading roles on TV, film and on the

West End stage, it is just as proud of the academic

achievements that its students attain due to increased

confidence, self-esteem and a new thirst for learning.

Students are encouraged to have fun at Oscar

Nights, get involved with the Performance Troupe

(which tours to hospitals, care homes and homes for

the elderly), sit LAMDA exams and take part in shows,

amongst other activities.

To support their ethos of inclusivity, the school

holds a number of fundraising events to help those

that may struggle with fees.

To book your obligation-free taster day for the

term starting in September, contact hello@

annafiorentini.com.

If you can’t wait until then, sign up to the Summer

School and quote Primary Times by 1 June for an

Early Bird Discount.

Jealous of all the fun your children are having?

Stage & the City offers fun adult classes with all profits

going to the Fiorentini Foundation providing bursaries

for the kids.

MAY

Fri 19 – Sat 20 May

Museums at Night,

Apsley House, W1J 7NT

6-9pm. Explore the resplendent rooms after dark with

period music, and hear the tales of the house’s fascinating

history brought to life. Book on 03703 331 181. For more

information visit www.english-heritage.org.uk

Sat 20 May

Creature Creations

Grant Museum of Zoology, WC1E 6DE

1.30-4.30pm. Create works of art inspired by some of the

weird and wonderful animals that call the Grant Museum

home or invent your very own brand new animal, give it a

name and add it to the collection. Free, drop in event. For

more information visit www.ucl.ac.uk

Family Concert,

Wigmore Hall, W1U 2BP

11am. Dive down into the deep blue sea and join the

Lawson Piano Trio and presenter Jessie Maryon Davies for

an aquatic adventure to find the starlight squid. Ages 5+.

For more information and to book visit

www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

There Might be Giants

Lauriston School, Hackney, E9 7JS

12noon-5pm. You’ll be invited to plant a giant sunflower

seed, help build a hazel bed to grow giant pumpkins,

take part in a print workshop or contribute your own leaf

or flower to our giant art work. You can eat like a giant

with tiny food or drink, or a super food green smoothie

to get giant muscles. Part of the Chelsea Fringe. For more

information visit www.chelseafringe.com

Green Screen Greeks

The British Museum, WC1B 3DG

11am-4pm. Discover how to use green screen technology

on tablets, and see yourselves as part of Museum objects.

Ages 7+. Free, drop in event. For more information visit

www.britishmuseum.org

Sun 21 May

Telling Tales

The British Library, St Pancras, NW1 2DB

11.30am-1pm and 2-3.30pm. Listen to traditional

Norwegian folktales of fantastic foxes, greedy giants,

wonderful witches and terrible trolls with storyteller Olivia

Armstrong. Free, drop in event suitable for ages 5-11. For

more information visit www.bl.uk

Explore the River Lee Country

Park by Bike

Cheshunt, EN8 9AJ

10.30am. Take a leisurely meandering circular cycle ride

around the country park with its magnificent views of lakes,

rivers and marshes. A café or picnic stop will be included on

the route. For more information and to book visit

www.visitleevalley.org.uk

Drawing a Crowd!

The National Gallery, WC2N 5DN

11am-12.30pm and 2-3.30pm. Take part in a collaborative

drawing adventure and invite characters to step out of the

paintings and be drawn into the crowd. Places are limited

and allocated on arrival. Ages 5-11. For more information

visit www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Around the World in 80 Stories

Waterstones London – Gower Street, WC1E 6EQ

12noon. Take along your little globetrotters to a story

time of fairy tales, folklore and picture books from around

the globe. This event is free and will take place in the

Matilda Reading Turret in the Children’s Section. For more

information visit www.waterstones.com

We check

listings carefully but

details and prices may

be subject to change.

Please always check

with the venue.

Musical Garden Party,

Olden Community Garden, Islington, N5 1NH

2-6pm. A Klezmer group, an English folk band, a swing

band, a small choir and other sundry musicians, will all

play acoustically under the trees in different parts of

the grounds. Throughout the afternoon there will be a

barbecue and a bar, and there will be teas and cakes in

the garden-room. Part of the Chelsea Fringe. For more

information visit www.chelseafringe.com

Crafternoon: Dance Dance!

JW3, Finchley Road, NW3 6ET

2pm. Create your own model dancer as a mobile - watch

them dance in the air. For ages 2+. For more information

and to buy tickets visit www.jw3.org.uk

10k and Children's Fun Runs

Priory Park, Hornsey, N8

9.30am-5pm. The YMCA North London Fun Run and

Festival is a fantastic fundraising event, which raises much

needed funds to help vulnerable homeless young people

build a better future. For more information and to sign up

visit www.ymcanorthlondon.org.uk

Primrose Hill Festival and Dog Show

NW1

10am-5pm. Go along to join the party and celebrate

everything that is great about Primrose Hill. There will be

pop-up food stalls, drinks, fashion, games, rides and so

much more. For more information visit

www.primrosehillfestival.co.uk

Tues 23 May

Academy Tots

Royal Academy of Music, NW1 5HT

10am. Inquisitive tots and parents are invited to this

interactive session designed for children aged 3–5. For

more information and to book visit www.ram.ac.uk

Wed 24 May

Puppet Tales

JW3, Finchley Road, NW3 6ET

3pm and 4.15pm. The children will discover a different tale

- from the most popular to the forgotten, from classical to

modern. Through this interactive storytelling, children will

develop their imagination, enrich their vocabulary and get

to socialise with their friends. For more information and to

book visit www.jw3.org.uk

Thurs 25 May

Little Swifts

RAF Museum, Colindale, NW9 5LL

10.30-11.30am. Join in this fun and lively session for

children aged 2-5, which includes arts and crafts, games,

stories and songs. Each session is linked to the amazing

collection and helps bring the Museum to life. Charges

apply. To book email learning-london@rafmuseum.org.

For more information visit

www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london

Fun and Boardgames

Stepney City Farm, E1 3DG

Head to the farm for an evening of friendly competition at

their Board Game Night. Starting at 5pm, you can purchase

refreshments from the farm café, and then play your way

through the variety of games on offer until 9pm. For more

information visit www.stepneycityfarm.org

Fri 26 May

Bioblitz!

Forty Hall & Estate, Enfield, EN2 9HA

8am-8pm. Join wildlife experts during this fun and

educational day meeting a wide range of animals that live

at Forty Hall. Explore the Park, learn about wildlife and

share your enthusiasm for nature whilst contributing to

real science. A programme for the day will be available to

download from the website. Free. For more information

email verity.roberts@enfield.gov.uk

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Fri 26 May – Sun 3 Sep

Picturing Hetty Feather

Foundling Museum, WC1N 1AZ

This summer the Museum presents a family-friendly

exhibition exploring how Hetty Feather has brought

the history of the Foundling Hospital to life. For more

information visit www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk

Sat 27 May

Wildlife Tracking

Woodberry Wetlands, N16 5HQ

10am-1pm. Join in to discover how to track wildlife and

learn more about some of the reserve’s more elusive

and secret residents. With the help of guides, binoculars

and detectors, learn how to identify droppings, fur,

feathers, trails and nests and engage with as many

senses as possible as you explore shady trails and

wooded areas. Ages 7-14. For more information and to

book visit www.woodberrywetlands.org.uk

Explore Zoology,

Grant Museum of Zoology, WC1E 6DE

1-4pm. Ever wondered how heavy an elephant tusk is

or how sharp a shark’s tooth is? Find out in these family

hands-on specimen based activities. Enthusiastic museum

educators will be on hand to answer any questions you

may have. Free, drop in event. For more information visit

www.ucl.ac.uk

Creative Cattle

Museum of London, EC2Y 5HN

(Also 29 May) 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Make your own model

cow and herd it to the Saxon House at this free art drop-in

session. Ages 5+. For more information visit

www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Sat 27 – Mon 29 May

Enfield Pageant of Motoring

Enfield Playing Fields, EN1 3PL

9am-6pm. Car enthusiasts get ready for this popular threeday

motor show offering you the chance to see more than a

thousand vintage and custom-made cars and motorbikes.

The show is widely acknowledged as one of the UK's

biggest and best shows of its type. Other attractions include

live music, a parade of classic and vintage cars, and a host of

stalls selling automobile memorabilia. For more information

visit www.enfieldfestivals.co.uk

Exploring China,

The British Museum, WC1B 3DG

11am-4pm. Be inspired by the Museum’s objects from

China. Find your zodiac character, make your own digital

vase and more, using innovative technologies. Ages 5+.

Free, drop in event. For more information visit

www.britishmuseum.org

Beautiful Brooches

Museum of London, EC2Y 5HN

(Also 4 Jun) 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Explore some beautiful

brooches in the museum then make your very own to take

home. Ages 5+. Free. For more information visit

www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Sun 28 – Mon 29 May

The Tale of King Alfred

Museum of London, EC2Y 5HN

1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Discover why King Alfred was so great

at this interactive storytelling session. Ages 5+. Free. For

more information visit

www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Mon 29 May

Art in the Garden

Living Under One Sun Community Allotment,

N17 9QQ

10am-4pm. Get involved with workshops run by local

artists and makers, craft a grass snake from recycled

plastics, learn how to make your own seed bomb and

much, much more. What better way to spend a bank

holiday! Part of the Chelsea Fringe. For more information

visit www.chelseafringe.com

Manga for Beginners Workshop

Cartoon Museum, WC1A 2HH

2-4pm. Acclaimed manga artist Takayo Akiyama shows

you how to draw your own manga characters and create a

simple manga story. Ages 8-12. For more information and to

book visit www.cartoonmuseumshop.org

Make Do and Mend May Half Term

RAF Museum, Colindale, NW9 5LL

Join in during May Half Term to discover how people coped

on the Home Front in World War Two, with a variety of make

do and mend arts and crafts. For more information visit

www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london

WHAT’S ON WHERE

Sat 27 May – Sun 4 Jun

The Tale of Thor’s Wedding

Museum of London, EC2Y 5HN

(Selected dates) 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Be captivated by an

Old Norse myth at this interactive storytelling session. Ages

5+. Free. For more information visit

www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Gruesome Nature Live

ZSL London Zoo, Regent’s Park, NW1 4RY

Presented by a troop of exciting characters and packed with

fascinating facts about the weirdest and most impressive

creatures on the planet, the show will highlight the

toughest species on earth and the more stomach-churning

side of the animal kingdom. To buy tickets visit

www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo

Bending the Rules

Sutton House, E9 6JQ

(Selected dates) 12noon-5pm. Join in this Half Term to

explore more unusual laws past and present, with a host of

family friendly activities throughout the 500 year old Tudor

house. Admission charges apply. For more information visit

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sutton-house

Sun 28 May

Crafternoon: Shavuot Special

JW3, Finchley Road, NW3 6ET

2pm. Make your own Mount Sinai, complete with the

two tablets and Moses on the top. For ages 2+. For more

information and to book visit www.jw3.org.uk

Kenwood Storie

Kenwood House, Hampstead, NW3 7JR

12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm. The art collections and stories

of Kenwood come alive through narrative and live

interpretation as told by Kenwood volunteers.

Free event. For more information visit

www.english-heritage.org.uk/kenwood

Tues 30 May

Street Art

The Jewish Museum, Camden Town, NW1 7NB

11.30am-1pm ages 7-11 and 2-3.30pm ages 12-16. Learn

about graffiti art and have a go at designing your own logo

on a baseball cap to take home in our street art inspired

workshop for 6-16 years. Book on 020 7284 7384. For more

information visit www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

Family Activities

The Charterhouse, EC1M 6AN

(Also 1 and 2 Jun) 2-4pm. This Half Term, drop in for free

transport-themed activities for children aged 6+. For more

information visit www.thecharterhouse.org

Make a Mini Comic

Cartoon Museum, WC1A 2HH

2-4pm. Everyone will love the complete mini-comic you'll

create featuring your own characters and story, suitable for

printing. Ages 8-12. For more information and to book visit

www.cartoonmuseumshop.org

Spark your Curiosity

Benjamin Franklin House, WC2N 5NF

11am-12.30pm. Join us for hands-on family fun exploring

the wonders of electricity, including a demonstration of one

of Ben Franklin’s most famous, and useful, inventions – the

lightning rod. Ages 7-11. Free. For more information and

to book email

education@benjaminfranklinhouse.org

Canaletto and the Art of Venice

The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace,

SW1A 1AA

10.30am-3pm. Join in for a special family day out. Explore

the exhibition, get inspired by the works of art and take

part in workshops to create your own artwork.

For more information and to buy tickets visit

www.royalcollection.org.uk

Cheesecake Baking JW3, Finchley Road, NW3 6ET

1.30pm and 3pm. Go along and indulge in a family cheesecake-making session in preparation for Shavuot. Ages 4+. For

more information and to book visit www.jw3.org.uk

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WHAT’S ON WHERE

Hetty Feather Film Set

Foundling Museum, WC1N 1AZ

10.30am-12noon, 1-2.30pm and 3-4.30pm. Inspired

by the exhibition Picturing Hetty Feather make a

miniature film set, and bring it to life with puppets

of your favourite Hetty Feather characters. Ages 5+.

Free. Sign up on the day. For more information visit

www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk

Tues 30 – Wed 31 May

Spring Quest and Craft

Kenwood House, Hampstead, NW3 7JR

12noon-4pm. A creative workshop to bring Kenwood’s

world famous paintings to life. Families will get to work

together to try out different art and crafts whilst exploring

the house and finding out more about its collections.

Tickets will be available to purchase at the event site on the

day. Charges apply. For more information visit

www.english-heritage.org.uk/kenwood

Home Sweet Home

Museum of London, EC2Y 5HN

12.30pm and 2.30pm. Imagine London 1,000 years ago

at this workshop, and make your very own Saxon house.

Ages 5+. Free. For more information visit

www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Anglo-Saxon Songs and Sounds

Museum of London, EC2Y 5HN

1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Listen to the famous Anglo-Saxon

story of ‘Beowulf’ at this interactive, musical storytelling

session. Ages 5+. Free. For more information visit

www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Tues 30 May – Fri 2 Jun

Clay Camden Arts Centre, NW3 6DG

10.30am-1pm for ages 5-7 and 2-4.30pm for ages

8-11. Working with clay as a sculptural material, this

course offers children the opportunity to engage with

the exhibitions and provides a relaxed environment to

have fun while they learn. For more information and to

book visit

www.camdenartscentre.org

Half Term Puppetry Adventure

Little Angel Studios, Islington, N1 2EH

10am-4pm. Over four days you will explore the poem,

enjoy a performance of the story, build your own mindbending

puppets and show off your new skills with an end

of week sharing. Ages 5-11. Book on 020 7226 1787. For

more information visit www.littleangeltheatre.com

Tues 30 May – Sat 3 Jun

Killer Carnivores

Grant Museum of Zoology, WC1E 6DE

1-4.30pm. From lions to pythons and sharks to crocodiles,

join us this Half Term holiday as we investigate the

amazing ways that meat-eaters find, catch and eat their

prey. For more information visit www.ucl.ac.uk

Wed 31 May

Sewing Sculpture

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art,

Islington, N1 2AN

11am-2pm. Explore sewing with a variety of both hard

and soft materials to create tactile sculptures of exciting

shapes, sizes and surfaces using tools and methods that

suit all ages. For more information visit

www.estorickcollection.com

Watery Wednesdays

London Canal Museum, King’s Cross, N1 9RT

10.30am and 1.30pm. Take a short boat trip on The

Regent's Canal, make butterfly window decorations,

follow the life cycle quiz trail and lots more. For more

information visit www.canalmuseum.org.uk

Going for Gold!

The Wallace Collection, Manchester Square,

W1U 3BN

10.30am and 2pm. Join artist Luisa Rivera to create your

own golden artwork inspired by our current exhibition

'Gilded Interiors: French Masterpieces of Gilt Bronze'.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Free

admission. Book on 020 7563 9527. For more information

visit www.wallacecollection.org

Station Explorers

The Charterhouse, EC1M 6AN

11am-3pm. Discover Charterhouse’s connection to the lost

underground station of Aldersgate and celebrate all things

transport related. Take part in craft activities, design your

own tube poster and enjoy family friendly tours. Ages 6+.

For more information visit www.thecharterhouse.org

Wed 31 May – Thurs 1 Jun

A Journey Through Time Camp

Mini Engineers, St John's Wood Church, NW8 7NE

9.30am-12.30pm and 1.15-4.15pm. Using LEGO kits

comprising of over 4000 bricks children will have the

opportunity to use their creativity to design and construct

the homes of history and tomorrow. Ages 5-11. Charges

apply. For more information and to book visit

www.mini-engineers.com

Superheroes Vs Supervillians

Workshop

Cartoon Museum, WC1A 2HH

11am-1pm. Get top tips for creating your own mighty

heroes and deadly villains, and then draw them in mortal

combat. Ages 8-12. For more information and to book visit

www.cartoonmuseumshop.org

Stories and Poems for Kids with

Michael Rosen

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, SW7 2AP

11am and 2pm. Michael Rosen, one of the most wellknown

figures in the children’s book world, is coming to

the Elgar Room to read some of his best-loved poems and

stories for kids. Ages 7-11. For more information and to

book visit www.royalalberthall.com

Wonderful Weaving

Museum of London, EC2Y 5HN

12.30pm and 2.30pm. Get weaving at this workshop as

you discover how Anglo-Saxon families would have made

rugs and clothes. Ages 5+. Free. For more information

visit www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Thurs 1 – Fri 30 Jun

Word2017

Various Locations in Islington

The Word Festival is an innovative programme of activities,

events and workshops focusing on and exploring the

pleasure of reading, writing and freedom of expression in

Islington. For more information and to find out what’s on

and when visit www.wordfestivalislington.co.uk

Fri 2 Jun

Heath Upcycled

Burgh House, Hampstead, NW3 1LT

12noon-3pm. For World Environment Day, Burgh

House wants you to join the cause by inviting you

to this drop in session where children will explore

environmental values through recycling activities and

games. Ages 4+. For more information visit

www.burghhouse.org.uk

Mr Dolly’s Dolls

Foundling Museum, WC1N 1AZ

10.30am-12noon, 1-2.30pm and 3-4.30pm. Taking

inspiration from Mr Dolly’s doll shop in the book Clover

Moon, make your own Hetty Feather or Clover Moon doll

to take home. Ages 5-10. Free. Sign up on the day. For more

information visit www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk

Fri 2 – Sat 3 Jun

Thor’s Hammer

Museum of London, EC2Y 5HN

12.30pm and 2.30pm. Make your own hammer amulet at

this drop-in workshop inspired by the Norse god Thor. Ages

5+. Free. For more information visit

www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Noggin the Nog

Museum of London, EC2Y 5HN

1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Enjoy an interactive storytelling

session based on the book ‘The Sagas of Noggin the Nog’.

Ages 5+. Free. For more information visit

www.museumoflondon.org.uk

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Award-winning charity HMDT Music, has

been running its extensive Saturday

Programme for over 20 years.

WHAT’S ON WHERE

Aiming to enrich your child’s life through music, it

offers a wide range of music activities designed

to develop their skills and techniques, nurture their

talents and build their confidence and team-work,

enabling them to work alongside an experienced team

of high quality professional musicians, and, above all,

have fun!

Uniquely, the Programme offers both instrumental

and music theatre opportunities through its wide

range of programmes: The Music Box (Early Years with

guest musicians), The Fledglings

(Foundation Course), I Can Sing!

(Music Theatre School focusing

on Broadway traditions), CYMH

Instrumental School (general

musicianship, choirs, instrumental tuition, ensembles,

orchestras), The Music Treehouse (SEN/D), and the

acclaimed Julian Joseph Jazz Academy.

Based in two locations in Hackney, the Saturday

Programme’s ethos is quality, inclusivity and

enjoyment. It offers a wealth of performance

opportunities (Hackney Empire, LSO St Luke’s,

Wigmore Hall, Sadlers Wells) alongside it’s all

important Financial Aid Scheme, Parent’s Choir and

buzzing community spirit.

"Huge thanks for such a wonderful show. Apart from

wonderful singing and performing, the whole experience

has been really positive for the children, bringing out

great teamwork, support and encouragement of each

other: a fantastic achievement!" (Parent)

Fusion Theatre

SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS

Monday 29th - Friday 2nd June

10:00am - 16:00pm

Come and be a part of the all new Beauty and the Beast spectacular.

Children will learn to Sing, Dance and Perform this fabulous movie

over the May Spring Bank Holiday. From ages 5 years +

EARLY BIRD £100

Booked before Sunday 14th May

FULL WEEK £150

Bring a friend & both receive 25% off

DAILY RATE £35

10% discount for additional days & sibling’s

THEATRE CAMP

@ Fusion Studio

141 - 145 Kentish

Town Road

NW1 8PB

0203 489 3123

07888 672 536

www.dancefusionstudio.co.uk

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WHAT’S ON WHERE

Sat 3 Jun

Great Court Games

The British Museum, WC1B 3DG

11am-4pm. Visit the Great Court with your family and play

digital games, solve challenges and explore trails that will

lead you to unexpected places in the Museum. A passport,

national ID or driver’s licence is required as a deposit.

Ages 5+. For more information visit

www.britishmuseum.org

Waterside Bingo

Victoria Park, E3 5TB

10am-12.30pm. Join the Community Park Rangers to

explore the waterside together. Try your hand at pond

dipping to learn about the inhabitants of the East Lake

and then play Waterside Bingo to win prizes. Ages 7-15.

Book on 020 7364 7968. For more information email

victoriapark@towerhamlets.gov.uk

The Elephant Hotel

Foyles, Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DT

11am. Invent your own elephant guests and create your

own rooms at The Elephant Hotel with Nous Vous. Free. For

more information and to book visit www.foyles.co.uk

Dress Making with Hetty Feather

Foundling Museum, WC1N 1AZ

10.30am-12noon, 1-2.30pm and 3-4.30pm. Create a

tippet or apron for Hetty Feather. Try on costumes from the

CBBC Hetty Feather series and wear your own newly-made

item home. Ages 7+. Free. Sign up on the day. For more

information visit www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk

Sun 4 Jun

Family Craft,

Kenwood House, Hampstead, NW3 7JR

12noon-4pm. Each month join in these creative

workshops to bring Kenwood’s world famous paintings to

life. Families will get to work together to try out different

art and crafts whilst exploring the house and finding

out more about its collections. Charges apply. For more

information visit

www.english-heritage.org.uk/kenwood

Crafternoon: The Beatles

JW3, Finchley Road, NW3 6ET

2pm. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's

Lonely Hearts Club Band, you are invited to take inspiration

from the artwork of The Beatles' albums and design your

very own album cover. Ages 2+. For more information and

to book visit www.jw3.org.uk

River Critters

Forty Hall, Enfield EN2 9HA

10am. Discover some of the invertebrates that live in Turkey

Brook and learn some fascinating facts about these little

critters before bringing some up to Warrener's Cottage to

take a look under a microscope to fully appreciate these

amazing creatures. Ages 4-11. Wellies essential.

For more information and to book visit

www.fortyhallestate.co.uk

Herts Heavy Horse Show

Capel Manor Gardens, Enfield, EN1 4RQ

10am-5pm. Enjoy a family day of nostalgia and living

heritage at Capel Manor Gardens with different breeds of

heavy horse participating in the Herts Heavy Horse Show.

You will also be able to enjoy dray rides, Capel’s gardens

and animal collection, an obstacle course competition,

dog agility display, stalls and refreshments. Charges apply.

For more information visit

www.capelmanorgardens.co.uk

Singalong Sgt. Pepper!

JW3, Finchley Road, NW3 6ET

2pm. Following last year’s sold-out event, this time

we’ll be celebrating the Summer of Love and the 50th

anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,

along with some other Beatles favourites. Charges apply.

For more information and to book visit

www.jw3.org.uk

The Little Draw

The Wallace Collection, Manchester Square,

W1U 3BN

1.30-4pm. A free drop-in drawing workshop for all ages

and abilities with Little Draw artist Niamh Aherne. For

more information visit www.wallacecollection.org

Design your Own Greek Temple

The British Museum, WC1B 3DG

11am-4pm. Become an architect by designing, building and

animating your very own temple. Designs are shared online

so you can continue to explore them at home.

Ages 5+. Free, drop in event. For more information visit

www.britishmuseum.org

Tales from the Underworld

The National Gallery, WC2N 5DN

11am-1pm and 2-4pm. Help to unravel the tale of Orpheus in

the Underworld and create your own Ancient Greek-inspired

urn, painted with scenes from the story. Ages 5-11. Places are

limited and allocated on arrival. For more information visit

www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Tues 6 Jun – Sun 10 Sep

Hetty’s Hospital

Foundling Museum, WC1N 1AZ

Inspired by Hetty Feather’s experience of the Foundling

Hospital sick bay, young patients on the oncology and

haematology wards at Great Ormond Street Hospital have

created artworks in response to their personal experiences.

These will be displayed in the Museum’s Introductory Gallery.

For more information visit

www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk

Wed 7 Jun

Puppet Tales

JW3, Finchley Road, NW3 6ET

3pm and 4.15pm. The children will discover a different

tale - from the most popular to the forgotten, from classical

to modern. Through this interactive storytelling, children will

develop their imagination, enrich their vocabulary and get to

socialise with their friends. For more information and to book

visit www.jw3.org.uk

Sat 10 Jun

Explore Zoology

Grant Museum of Zoology, WC1E 6DE

1-4pm. Ever wondered how heavy an elephant tusk is or how

sharp a shark’s tooth is? Find out in these family hands-on

specimen based activities. Enthusiastic museum educators

will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Free,

drop in event. For more information visit www.ucl.ac.uk

Maths Mash-up

Pancras Square Library, N1C 4AG

2-5pm. Looking for fun maths activities for all the family?

Join Maths on Toast for a mix of making, colouring, number

fun and much more. Ages 5-12. Free, drop in event. For more

information visit www.mathsontoast.org.uk

Build Roman Britain in Minecraft

The British Museum, WC1B 3DG

11am-4pm. Build a wall in Minecraft to mark the edges

of your empire, or make a unique creation inspired by the

Romans in Britain. Ages 7+. Free, drop in event. For more

information visit www.britishmuseum.org

Sun 11 Jun

Family Barn Dance,

Cecil Sharp House, Camden Town, NW1 7AY

3-5pm. Take along the entire family and take part in

lively dances from the British Isles in a supportive and

fun environment. For more information and to book visit

www.cecilsharphouse.org

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

The National Gallery, WC2N 5DN

11am-12.30pm and 2-3.30pm. Portraits stay still don't they?

Not this one. Go along and find out how to draw a portrait

that moves and changes and even disappears. Places are

limited and allocated on arrival. For more information visit

www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Open Farm Sunday

Nationwide

A fantastic project which has seen hundreds of farmers

across the UK opening up their farm for one Sunday each

year – a great opportunity for everyone, young and old,

to discover first-hand what it means to be a farmer. To

find a farm to visit and for more information visit

www.farmsunday.org

Art of Sound

Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, W1J 0DB

11am-3pm. Experience the joint power of music and art at

this special workshop for families, run in conjunction with

the Royal College of Music. Free. For more information visit

www.royalacademy.org.uk

Open Farm Sunday

Kentish Town City Farm, NW5 4BN

9am-5pm. Enjoy a visit to the farm on Open Farm Sunday.

Highlights include: sheep, pigs, poultry, vegetables, flowers

and plants, Pony Rides and a Chicken Tour. Free entry. For

more information visit www.farmsunday.org

Fri 16 – Sat 17 Jun

The Autism Show

ExCeL London, E16 1XL

10am-5pm Fri and 10am-4.30pm Sat. Visitors can hear

from the UK's leading autism professionals, discover 100s of

products and services, listen to adults on the spectrum, and

their families, talk about their experiences and lots more. For

more information and to book visit www.excel.london

Sat 17 Jun

Summer Fete

King Henry’s Walk Garden, N1 4NX

12noon-4pm. Enjoy the delights of the garden -

welcome to adults and children alike. The garden’s

members will be selling plants, afternoon tea and

homemade cake, pizza from the outdoor wood-fired

pizza oven and Pimms from the bar. Free entry. For

more information visit www.khwgarden.org.uk

The Highgate Fair in the Square

Pond Square and South Grove, Highgate

Village, N6 6BS

12.30-5.30pm. More than 10,000 people are expected

to attend and there will be fantastic stalls, excellent

entertainment, a wide variety of food and wonderful

children's activities. Free. For more information visit

www.fairinthesquare.co.uk

The Boss Baby (U)

Regent Street Cinema, W1B 2UW

11.30am. Seven year old Tim Templeton is jealous of his

new fast talking, briefcase carrying baby brother. When he

suspects that his baby brother may not be who he makes

out, he must act quick to save his parents and restore order

in his world. Part of the Kids Kino Club. For more information

and to book visit www.regentstreetcinema.com

The Great Get Together

Brunswick Square Gardens, WC1N 1AZ

12noon-2pm. Take along a picnic lunch and a favourite

children’s book, and join your neighbours in a simple act of

friendship and sharing. Actors will be on hand to read your

stories aloud and bring much-loved tales to life.

Free. For more information visit

www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk

Sat 17 – Sun 18 Jun

Open Garden Squares Weekend

Various Locations

Feed your curiosity with over 230 gardens to explore in

this magical two-day event. Gardens range from the

historic and traditional to the new and experimental

and can be discovered across 27 London boroughs.

Charges apply. For more information and to buy tickets

visit www.opensquares.org

Open Garden Squares Weekend

King Henry’s Walk Garden, N1 4NX

12noon-4pm. Part of this year’s Open Garden Squares

Weekend, visit the garden and enjoy a plant stall, tea and

home-made cakes. For more information visit

www.khwgarden.org.uk Buy your weekend tickets at

www.opensquares.org

Waterloo Weekend

Apsley House, W1J 7NT

11am-4pm. Join in to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo

anniversary weekend and re-live the drama and grandeur of

the Napoleonic War. Tickets will be available to purchase at

the event site on the day. For more information visit

www.english-heritage.org.uk

Open Garden Squares Weekend

Myddelton House Gardens, Enfield, EN2 9HG

10am-5pm. Myddelton House Gardens, named as a

hidden gem by London Parks & Gardens Trust, are a part of

a magical two-day event that showcases gardens across

London boroughs. Free. For more information visit

www.visitleevalley.org.uk/gardens

Sun 18 Jun

Crafternoon: Photo Frames

JW3, Finchley Road, NW3 6ET

2pm. Make a photo frame, take it home and save it for your

favourite photo. Ages 2+. For more information and to

book visit www.jw3.org.uk

Marylebone Summer Fayre

Various Locations

A family-friendly and community street festival will take

place on Marylebone High Street and the surrounding

streets - which are closed to traffic on the day. There will

also be an impressive programme of live music on stage

in Paddington Street Gardens. For more information visit

www.marylebonevillage.com

The Great Get Together

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park,

Stratford, E20 2ST

The perfect opportunity to visit the Park and celebrate

London’s diverse communities through music, dance,

storytelling, sports and food from around the world. Take

along a picnic or buy food from the many food stalls. For

more information visit

www.queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk

Fathers’ Day

Burgh House, Hampstead, NW3 1LT

12noon-2pm. Drop in to our Family Activity for Fathers’

Day and say a big thank you to your dad by designing

your own Thank You card. This activity is free and open

to all ages. For more information visit

www.burghhouse.org.uk

Minibeast Safari

Keats House, Hampstead, NW3 2RR

1-4pm. Pick up a wildlife spotter sheet and see what birds

and beasties you can spy. You can also make a miniature

bug hotel to encourage minibeasts into your own gardens

and outdoor spaces. Free, drop in event. For more

information visit www.cityoflondon.gov.uk

Tues 20 Jun

Academy Tots

Royal Academy of Music, NW1 5HT

10am. Inquisitive tots and parents are invited to this

interactive session designed for children aged 3–5. For

more information and to book visit www.ram.ac.uk

Wed 21 Jun

Puppet Tales

JW3, Finchley Road, NW3 6ET

3pm and 4.15pm. The children will discover a different tale

- from the most popular to the forgotten, from classical to

modern. Through this interactive storytelling, children will

develop their imagination, enrich their vocabulary and get

to socialise with their friends. For more information and to

book visit www.jw3.org.uk

Sat 24 Jun

Creature Creations

Grant Museum of Zoology, WC1E 6DE

1.30-4.30pm. Create works of art inspired by some of the

weird and wonderful animals that call the Grant Museum

home or invent your very own brand new animal, give it a

name and add it to the collection. Free, drop in event. For

more information visit www.ucl.ac.uk

Sirens, Storms and Suitors

The National Gallery, WC2N 5DN

11am-1pm and 2-4pm. Experience the thrilling adventures

frescoed in Pintoricchio’s Penelope with the Suitors and

collage a narrative of Odysseus’s story in your own triptych.

Places are limited and allocated on arrival. Ages 5-11. For

more information visit www.nationalgallery.org.uk

A Symphonic Safari

St Jude's, Hampstead Garden Suburb, NW11

7AH

From 12noon. Join the Royal Albert Hall’s resident

Education and Outreach orchestra, Albert’s Band, on a

journey into to the wild world of music, as part of the

Proms at St Jude’s festival, in Hampstead Garden Suburb.

Free. For more information visit

www.royalalberthall.com

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WHAT’S ON WHERE

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FAMILY FUN

FamiLy

MY FIRST BALLET

Enjoy everyone’s favourite rags-to-riches

story, in a beautifully adapted ballet

version for children aged three upwards.

With a narrator to help the young

audience follow the story, and a shortened

version of Prokofiev’s ravishing score, this

is the perfect introduction to the magic of

ballet, and a fantastic family day out.

This unique production is

choreographed by George Williamson.

My First Ballet: Cinderella is at the

Peacock Theatre from Tuesday 18 to

Sunday 23 July 2017.

Book your tickets now at

peacocktheatre.com or

call 020 7863 8000.

CHANTRAINE DANCE OF

EXPRESSION

Chantraine Dance of Expression is for all

who love to dance and wish to discover and

enjoy all that this great and wonderful art has

to offer. It’s an approach created by Alain and

Françoise – two great pioneers in the world

of dance - and it originated in France. It has a

vast and varied repertoire of choreographies

(dances), and includes the main styles –

contemporary, classical, jazz and dances of

other countries. It gives children a complete

foundation in dance including creativity, and

is progressive but not competitive. Sky, sea,

planets, mountains, animals, trees – all that is

alive - feature in this all embracing approach.

Contact: Patricia: 020 7435 4247.

www.chantrainedance.co.uk

GEFFRYE MUSEUM

If you’re looking for free, fun things

to do with the family during the

summer half-term holiday, come on

down to the Geffrye Museum of the Home

in Hoxton.

Creative activities will be run for 5-16

year olds inspired by the many patterns

found both inside the museum and in the

beautiful gardens – make stunning stained

glass, wacky wallpaper, pretty prints and

much more! Stories, songs and crafts will

entertain younger visitors aged 2-5.

(Tuesday 30 May - Friday 2 June,

10.30am - 12.30pm and 2-4pm. Places

allocated on a first-come, first-served basis

30 minutes in advance. Children under 11

must be accompanied by an adult)

www.geffrye-museum.org.uk

136 Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA.

020 7739 9893 Nearest station: Hoxton

(directly behind museum)

MILKSHAKE’S MAGICAL

BOOKCASE

Date/Time: Friday 26 – Saturday 27 May,

4pm Tickets: £16.50 Adults / £14.50 Young

Person / £58 Family Ticket

Delve in to Milkshake’s magical bookcase

and journey through the world’s favourite

fairy tales in this all singing, all dancing

musical live masterpiece sure to amaze and

delight! Starring Milkshake! favourites Bob

the Builder, Little Princess, Wissper, Fireman

Sam, Pip from Pip Ahoy!, Winnie and Wilbur,

Shimmer and Shine, Milkshake’s very own

Milkshake! Monkey and two Milkshake!

Presenters and The Milkshake!

Millfield Theatre, Silver Street, Edmonton,

N18 1PJ. www.millfieldtheatre.co.uk

0208 807 6680

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Fun!

FAMILY FUN

WHY CHOOSE

POOLSIDE MANOR?

Swim Lessons… We set the standard for

swimming tuition, providing first-class

lessons for children and adults of any age

and ability, all day every day. Our pine

log purpose built teaching pool is heated

to 32 degrees and creates the ideal

atmosphere conducive to the teaching

of swimming.

Multi- Activity Day Camps… Poolside

Manor has a rich history of providing

top quality multi-activity day camps for

children aged 3 upwards during every

school holiday. We have just added early

starts from 8.30 and late finishing till

5.30 to help working parents. When we

say multi-activity, we really mean it!

Children are served up a range of multi

sports, arts and crafts, dance, drama,

games and visiting entertainers.

Pool Parties… Our parties are a

memorable experience for all. Often

leading to many return visits. They are

suitable for children celebrating their 5th

birthday upwards. Parties take place on

Saturday and Sunday afternoons, each

lasting 2 hours. We would recommend

early booking to avoid disappointment.

Finally, our line up is completed with

parent and toddler lessons, Pilates,

aquafit, adult swim lessons, membership

swimming, lifeguard and first aid

training courses.

We look forward to welcoming you

to Poolside Manor!

FLIP OUT!

Team GB Olympic silver-medal winner

Bryony Page has recently opened

London’s most energetic attraction Flip Out

Brent Cross and said ‘this is one of the best

trampoline arena’s in the country’.

Team GB Olympic silver-medal winner

Bryony Page has opened the latest branch

of Flip Out - the UK’s number one trampoline

park operator.

Trampolinist Page, 26, launched the new

arena in Brent Cross, performing a special

routine in front of hundreds of enthusiastic

parents and children.

The new centre features a host of fab

facilities suitable for children and adults alike,

including a ninja warrior course (as seen on

TV!), a trick park to try out energetic new

stunts and a laser maze room to test your

stealth skills.

Flip Out Brent Cross is north London’s

latest and greatest entertainment venue and

Primary Times readers can get 20% OFF the

£12.50 admission by quoting Half Term 20

at reception.*

For more information on Flip Out Brent Cross

visit www.flipout.co.uk/brent-cross

*T&Cs apply: buy your tickets at reception

using code Half Term 20. Offer period starts

15th May 2017 and expires 1st July 2017.

Tickets can be purchased using the code at

reception and are subject to availability.

Arrive early to avoid disappointment. Offer

is not available at weekends and bank

holidays. Cannot be used in conjunction

with any other offers.

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WHAT’S ON WHERE

CHANGE A CHILD’S LIFE FOREVER. FOSTER WITH ISLINGTON.

Islington fostering is looking for foster carers for local young people of all ages.

Foster carers offer quality, loving care for other people’s

children in their own home. The time a child may stay

varies, it may be for a day, a month or more. Other

placements may lead to the young person staying until they

move on to live independently.

Being a foster carer can be a challenging role but it also

brings great rewards. Foster carers can really make the

difference and play a big role in shaping the lives of the

young people they care for.

Their care and support helps young people achieve their

best, whether through education at school, through sports

or any special interests or by

preparing them for independent

living and their future

relationships.

‘The impact of those small little

things you have done on their lives are fundamental to the

way they see things’ (Sam – Foster Carer)

There are many myths that hold people back from

enquiring about becoming a foster carer. Some people think

that you need to own your home or have a partner while in

fact this is untrue but you do need a spare bedroom and to

be able to provide a secure, safe and loving home.

Being an inner city borough children of all ages and

‘The impact of those small little

things you have done on their

lives are fundamental to the way

they see things’ (SAM – FOSTER CARER)

backgrounds come into care in Islington and likewise the

service has foster carers from many cultures and walks of life.

We accept applicants from all cultural backgrounds as well

as those in the LGBT community. There is no standard

foster carer.

‘My last foster carer made me who I am today. She taught

me how to wash up and clean my room. That to me is the

most important thing, it’s the little things like that which

count.’ (Sara – care leaver)

You don’t need formal qualifications but you do need to be

good with children, be able to keep them healthy and safe

and to help them make progress at

school. This means you must have a

good standard of both spoken and

written English.

If right for you fostering can be a

career choice with generous allowances and a wide selection

of training available to help build your skills. Carers receive 24

hour support from the service and benefit from strong peer

support from the Islington Foster Carer’s Association.

To make the difference please call Islington Fostering on

0800 073 0428, or send an email to fostering@islington.gov.uk.

You can also visit us on Facebook.

Get your Tech on!

The British Museum, WC1B 3DG

11am-4pm. Connect to the Museum in exciting new

ways using wearable technology. A passport, national ID

or driver’s licence is required as a deposit. Ages 7+. Free,

drop in event. For more information visit

www.britishmuseum.org

Object Handling Session

Foundling Museum, WC1N 1AZ

1-4pm. Taking place in the Picture Gallery, volunteers

will guide you through the selection of items and answer

your questions. Suitable for visually impaired visitors

and families with children aged 3 and up. For more

information visit www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk

Sat 24 – Sun 25 Jun

The Home and Garden Show

Capel Manor Gardens, Enfield, EN1 4RQ

Sat 9am-5pm and Sun 10am-4pm. Packed full of ideas,

entertainment, plus the latest home and gardening

products. You can also enjoy the breathtaking gardens and

landscapes, meet the animals, and so much more. Charges

apply. For more information and to buy tickets visit

www.thehomeandgarden.show

Sun 25 Jun

Travelling Words

The British Library, St Pancras, NW1 2DB

11.30am-1pm and 2-3.30pm. Join in at the British Library

to celebrate Refugee Week with writer Jenneba Sie-Jalloh.

This is a fun and creative workshop using games, words,

music and pictures to tell stories and explore our different

pasts and shared futures. Free, drop in event suitable for

ages 5-11. For more information visit www.bl.uk

Shadow Puppets

The British Museum, WC1B 3DG

11am-1pm and 2-4pm. Learn the secrets of manga comic

artists, develop digital design skills to tell a story with

characters from the Museum, then print and take your

creation home. Ages 7+. Free. Sign up on the day. For more

information visit www.britishmuseum.org

Thurs 29 Jun

Little Swifts

RAF Museum, Colindale, NW9 5LL

10.30-11.30am. Join in this fun and lively session for

children aged 2-5, which includes arts and crafts, games,

stories and songs. Each session is linked to the amazing

collection and helps bring the Museum to life. Charges

apply. To book email learning-london@rafmuseum.org.

For more information visit

www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london

JULY

Sun 2 Jul

Crafternoon: Front Page News

JW3, Finchley Road, NW3 6ET

2pm. Design your own front page of a magazine or

newspaper - create a name for your paper, a personalised

headline, story and picture. Ages 2+. For more information

and to book visit www.jw3.org.uk

Drawing a Crowd!

The National Gallery, WC2N 5DN

11am-12.30pm and 2-3.30pm. Take part in a collaborative

drawing adventure and invite characters to step out of the

paintings and be drawn into the crowd. Places are limited

and allocated on arrival. Ages 5-11. For more information

visit www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Eid Festival,

Trafalgar Square, Westminster, WC2N 5DN

12noon-6pm. Eid Festival is a Mayor of London event

to mark the end of Ramadan. Now in its 12th year,

the festival will celebrate and host a variety of special

activities for the whole family to enjoy. For more

information visit www.london.gov.uk

Sat 8 Jul

The N21 Festival Fancy Fair

The Green, Winchmore Hill, N21

10am-7pm. With a brilliant succession of live acts on the

Tessa Stevens Stage, an Arts Exhibition, a Craft Fair, food

stalls, free kids’ activities and much, much more, this is

going to be a brilliant day out for the whole family. Free

entry. For more information visit

www.enfieldfestivals.co.uk

Maths Mash-up

Pancras Square Library, N1C 4AG

2-5pm. Looking for fun maths activities for all the family?

Join Maths on Toast for a mix of making, colouring,

number fun and much more. Ages 5-12. Free, drop in

event. For more information visit

www.mathsontoast.org.uk

Sun 9 Jul

Red Bull Soapbox Race

Alexandra Palace, Wood Green, N22 7AY

This unique, non-motorised racing event challenges

both experienced racers and amateurs alike to design

and build outrageous soapbox dream machines and

compete against the clock in a downhill race.

For more information and to buy tickets visit

www.redbullsoapboxrace.com

Tales from the Underworld

The National Gallery, WC2N 5DN

11am-1pm and 2-4pm. Help to unravel the tale of

Orpheus in the Underworld and create your own

Ancient Greek-inspired urn, painted with scenes from

the story. Ages 5-11. Places are limited and allocated on

arrival. For more information visit

www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Building Bridges

The Royal Institution, W1S 4BS

10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30-3.30pm. This workshop

with David Jazani will take you hands-on into the

different processes involved in building a bridge:

design, construction, and of course stress testing.

Ages 7-12. For more information and to book visit

www.rigb.org

Sat 15 Jul

Hetty Feather and Clover Moon Day

Foundling Museum, WC1N 1AZ

Take part in some free Hetty Feather art workshops

between 11am and 4.45pm and at 2pm join Jacqueline

Wilson, the author of the Hetty Feather series, as she

reads from Hetty Feather and Clover Moon, and signs

books. For more information and to book visit

www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk

Sun 16 Jul

Big Community Lunch

Stepney City Farm, E1 3DG

11am-3pm. Stepney City Farm is inviting its neighbours

from near and far to join them in a celebratory meal.

Take along a dish to share and take this chance to meet

others from your area. There'll also be family friendly

activities. For more information visit

www.stepneycityfarm.org

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Get involved with your PTA

Getting involved in your child’s school is good for you, good for them and good for society,

says Emma Williams, Chief Executive of PTA UK.

Have you ever thought about getting

more involved in your child’s school?

Don’t let other commitments and

daily demands put you off the idea:

your talents will be welcomed and

useful, however much time you can

spare. What’s more, you’ll make new

friends and learn new skills.

Most successful schools recognise the

importance of parents and the value of

involving them in school life. This can be

through getting involved in fundraising and

social events, but also by taking their views

into consideration when deciding on key issues

that affect the whole school. After all, parents

should have a say on how to spend money

made through their fundraising efforts, but they

can also add value when shaping wider

policies by sharing their ideas on anything from

behaviour to homework.

What’s more, the evidence is stacked in our

favour. We know that when parents are

regularly involved in their child’s education, the

children do better, behave better and it helps

to create a positive local community.

So how can you get involved? With summer

fairs around the corner, why not start by taking

a more active role in the Parent Teacher

Association (PTA) at your school. Remember,

whatever your contribution, it will have a

positive impact and be welcomed with open

arms. Here are the reasons why:

Being part of your PTA is good for

you and your family

A survey of PTA UK members found that

parents spend around three million hours every

year volunteering their time nationwide. That’s

the equivalent of £20 million worth of labour

invested in our children’s education that simply

wouldn’t be provided in any other way.

Being active in your PTA not only improves

your child’s school but makes you an excellent

role model to your children. Research confirms

what we’ve always known: when children see

us being actively involved at school and

supporting their learning, it encourages them

to succeed. Our participation sends out

positive messages which show we are

interested in what the school does and want to

do our bit to make it great for the children.

Taking part helps build trust

between parents and teachers

Becoming part of the PTA is the best way to

get to know other parents and teachers while

gaining an insight into daily life at school. By

working together, and understanding how to

support each other, we can help achieve a

common goal: to give children opportunities

and help each one to reach their full potential.

It raises welcome funds

Whether it’s creating an outdoor classroom,

providing first aid training, stocking the library

with new books or arranging a visit from a top

author, the funds raised from your activities

impact significantly on the opportunities and

experiences of all children at school. Donations

to the PTA can help schools fund the extras

that support learning and give many children

the opportunity to try out new experiences

which otherwise, they might miss out on.

It gives you a voice

Parent groups give you a say on issues that

matter. They act as a consultative body,

relaying parental insights to school leaders and

helping to make sure that parent views are

being heard. Sometimes, parent councils or

parent forums are set up in schools, separate

to the events-focussed PTA (where you can

also have a say in how funds are spent).

It builds connections beyond the

school gates

PTAs are brilliant for building relationships with

the local community, and that means

everything from fundraising events to

sponsorship from local businesses and

coverage in the local media. Indeed, some PTA

UK members have even worked with local

employers to run careers fairs.

It’s good for you too

Every parent has plenty to offer a PTA: whether

it’s being on the committee, helping out at

events or organising meetings, your talents will

be put to good use. As well as being

enjoyable, you can build your confidence, learn

new skills and add to your CV.

For further information on how to make an

impact at school, join our growing online

community, and find out how you can get

involved or become a member of PTA UK at

www.pta.co.uk/parents/get-involved-at-school

and read our blog on taking the PTA plunge at

www.pta.org.uk/ptaplunge

PTA UK is a national charity supporting Parent

Teacher Associations (PTA) nationwide and

championing positive parental engagement in

their child’s education.

In the latest survey of PTA UK

members, carried out in Nov 2016:

• Three out of four (76%) respondents

reported volunteering their time and skills

for their PTA while also in either full-time

or part-time paid employment

• The average funds an individual PTA

raises a year is over £7,000 with a quarter

(26%) of PTAs raising more than £10,000.

PTA UK also carried out its national

annual parents survey in October

2016 and found:

• Four in 10 parents state lack of time as

the single most important reason for not

participating in different ways at school

(e.g. on a parent association / forum etc.)

• Over a quarter (29%) report never having

been asked to participate in the first

instance

• Nearly half (49%) would consider being

active in a parent council or other parent

group despite never having done this in

the past.

• Only 12% of parents have been a school

governor or trustee, with in fact more men

taking up these roles than women.

For further information about PTA UK’s

research, log onto: www.pta.org.uk

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COMPETITIONS

This competition is not being administered by Primary

Times and therefore is not bound by our terms and

conditions of data protection and privacy.

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BOX OFFICE

ARTSDEPOT NORTH FINCHLEY

Box Office: 020 8369 5454 www.artsdepot.co.uk

21 May

The Scarecrows’ Wedding

This truly heart-warming adaptation of Julia Donaldson

and Axel Scheffler’s bestselling book is bursting at the

seams with Scamp Theatre’s inimitable style (Stick Man,

Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales) and promises wit, drama,

and wedding bells. Ages 3+.

27 – 31 May

Room on the Broom

Join the Witch and her cat on their mission to defeat the

dragon in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the

classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and

Axel Scheffler.

11 Jun Sponge

Roll, squeeze and pop yourself through a new malleable

kind of family dance show, set to a 1970s-influenced

score, perfect for babies, young children and families.

17 Jun

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Let’s All Dance is back with this delightful treat for very

young audiences. Combining classical ballet, physical

theatre, gorgeous visuals and crystal-clear storytelling,

this innovative dance company pitches another

production perfectly to engage and enthral all children,

including those with special needs.

THE COCKPIT THEATRE NW8

Box Office: 020 7258 2925

www.thecockpit.org.uk

20 May

Rapunzel and the Tower of Doom

Theatre of Widdershins have taken this traditional tale

right back to its roots, teased out the tangles and styled

it into a beautifully coiffured hair piece! This enchanting

show promises plenty of body, volume and loads

of highlights.

24 Jun

Wind in the Willows

Filled with larger than life puppets, songs, dances,

interactive sets and a huge heap of adventure, ‘Wind in

the Willows’ is sure to delight and entertain audiences

of all ages.

Rapunzel and the Tower of Doom

The Cockpit Theatre

The Scarecrows’

Wedding

OFFICE

DUGDALE CENTRE ENFIELD

Box Office: 020 8807 6680

1 - 4 Jun

The Pirate Squad and the Tale of

Hawaiian Delight

While the Squad take a deserved rest in Southend,

Captain Sid and Brenda are enjoying their holiday in

Hawaii, until they come across a mysterious clue relating

to an ancient story from the past. Summoning his squad

to join them their new adventure can begin. Ages 2+.

HALF MOON YOUNG PEOPLE’S

THEATRE E1

Box Office: 020 7709 8900 www.halfmoon.org.uk

Until 16 May

Happily Ever After

The show is inspired by the Dutch children’s book King

and King by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland. It’s a notto-be-missed

fairy tale with a twist. Ages 5+.

LEICESTER SQUARE THEATRE

WC2H

Box Office: 020 7734 2222

www.leicestersquaretheatre.com

8 Jul – 3 Sep

Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales

Under the sea, out on the farm and into the jungle,

these terrific tales are woven together with live music,

puppetry and a whole host of colourful characters from

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best-loved titles.

LITTLE ANGEL THEATRE N1

Box Office: 020 7226 1787

www.littleangeltheatre.com

Until 16 Jul

Dogs Don’t Do Ballet

Biff doesn’t think he’s a dog, Biff thinks he’s a ballerina!

The sublime and the ridiculous combine in this hilarious

story of a small dog with a big personality and even

bigger dreams, brought to life using beautiful puppets,

well-loved ballet music and dazzling theatrical comedy

by Little Angel Theatre. Ages 2-7.

Red Riding Hood and the Wolf

You may think you know the story of Red Riding Hood,

sugar and spice and all things nice. But there are two

sides to every story, so let’s hear it from the Wolf himself.

Here’s the story never heard of a kind and hungry wolf

who strayed from the path and lost his friends. Ages 5+.

30 May – 2 Jun

The Hunting of the Snark

An eccentric old Bellman sails to a strange island with

a Barrister, a Baker and a Beaver. They’re hunting for a

creature they’re not even sure exists. But the Captain’s

following a blank map, and the Baker wants to make

the Beaver into a scotch egg. Can they overcome their

differences and find the mysterious Snark? Ages 5-11.

Taking place in the Little Angel Studios.

Red Riding Hood and the Wolf

Little Angel theatre

8 Jun Sponge

Dance company Turned On Its Head makes exciting

participatory theatre for early years, taking children on a

creative journey, engaging audiences and encouraging

lots of family interaction.

15 – 16 Jun Aleena’s Garden

A perfect first theatre experience for very young

children. Join Aleena in her beautiful garden, help

bring the seeds to life, meet the animals that live there,

watch the flowers bloom, the trees blossom and the

seasons change.

LYRIC HAMMERSMITH

Box Office: 020 8741 6850 www.lyric.co.uk

30 – 31 May The Secret Garden

Performed by a stunningly talented all-child cast,

London Children’s Ballet productions are the best

way to introduce young audiences to ballet. The

Secret Garden will be LCB’s first ever one-act ballet,

and is beautifully narrated to help younger audience

members. Ages 3-12.

30 May – 3 Jun

The Emperor’s New Clothes

When two ‘tailors’ promise to create him an outfit

that’s “never been seen before”, our eccentric Emperor

doesn’t quite realise the spectacle he is about to make.

Ages 3-11.

MILLFIELD THEATRE N18

Box Office: 020 8807 6680

www.millfieldtheatre.co.uk

21 May Pepee

Pepee is a young boy full of curiosity who loves to play

games and discover new things. He is very acrobatic

and moves at a quick speed. Follow the adventures of

Pepee and best friends Şila, Zulu, and Şuşu in this lively

show, perfect for families. Pepee is a Turkish animated

television series by Dusyeri and the show is performed

in Turkish.

26 – 27 May Milkshake Live!

Set amongst Milkshake’s magical bookcase, this

brand new live show is sure to amaze and delight!

The Milkshake! cast will be singing songs and sharing

stories that audience members, young and old, will

know and love.

7 – 10 Jun The Pirate of Penzance

Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera is packed full of

sentimental pirates, blundering policeman, absurd

adventures and improbable paradoxes.

Your family

theatre guide...

OAK HILL PARK, EAST BARNET

Box Office: www.quantumtheatre.co.uk

25 Jun

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Michael Whitmore’s delightful adaptation captures

all the quirky charm of the original in a fanciful and

fabulous treat for Carroll fans as well as all the family.

OPEN AIR THEATRE

REGENTS PARK

Box Office: 08448 264 242

7 Jul – 5 Aug A Tale of Two Cities

How much more do those in power think Europe’s poor

can take? When will the people take to the streets of

the cities and roar enough is enough? A new play by

Matthew Dunster, adapted from the novel by

Charles Dickens.

PRINCE EDWARD THEATRE W1D

Box Office: 08444 825 151

Until 30 Sep Aladdin

Featuring the timeless songs from the classic

film including A Whole New World, Friend Like

Me and Arabian Nights along with new music written

for the production, Aladdin is an extraordinary

theatrical event you will want to experience. Ages 6+.

PUPPET BARGE W9

Box Office: 020 7249 6876

20 May – 9 Jul

The Hare and the Tortoise and

Other Tales from Aesop

Aesop’s Fables is an exciting collection of tales, all told

with wood-carved marionettes, culminating in the

evergreen classic The Hare and the Tortoise. As ever

with Aesop, there are always a few morals to take

away. Ages 3+.

ROUNDHOUSE CHALK FARM

Box Office: 03006 789 222

4 Jun Tongue Fu for Kids

Created for children aged 7-11 and their grown-ups,

and developed in partnership with London’s

Southbank, Tongue Fu for Kids is jam packed with

word play, improv, participation and musical wizardry.

ROYAL ALBERT HALL

KENSINGTON

Box Office: 020 7589 8212

30 May Comedy Club 4 Kids

Enjoy stand up from grown up, high-quality acts, who

perform their usual sets without the swearing or rude

bits. Ages 7-13.

UNICORN SE1

Box Office: 020 7645 0560

31 May – 5 Jun

The Man Who Knows It All

Two performers and a musician go on a quest in search

of everything it is possible to know. Along the way it

becomes evident that the questions and answers just

keep coming. Ages 4-10.

20 Jun – 9 Jul

Double Double Act

With slapstick, humour and a lot of green slime, this

clever and surprising performance offers us a chance to

see the world through the others’ eyes. Ages 6+

PLEASE CHECK DETAILS OF

SHOW WITH EACH VENUE

BEFORE BOOKING, AND

HAVE A GREAT TIME!

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BOX OFFICE

THE PIRATE SQUAD

THE TALE OF HAWAIIAN DELIGHT

The Pirate Squad return to the Dugdale Centre, in Enfield Town,

with their Tale of Hawaiian Delight.

While the Squad take a deserved rest in

Southend, Captain Sid and Brenda are enjoying

their holiday in Hawaii, until they come across a

mysterious clue relating to an ancient story from the

past. Summoning his squad to join them, their new

adventure begins

Meanwhile, hearing of the Pirate Squad’s new

adventure, Lord Walter of the Admiralty raises the

sails on the Silver Dove and is quickly in pursuit of our

treasure finding heroes. The ultimate new puppet

adventure, packed with audience participation and

song. So what are you waiting for? Climb aboard the

Golden Anchor once more!

Running time 45 mins

No Interval Age Suitability 2+

Performances: Thursday 1 - Sunday 4 June,

11am & 1.30pm plus 3pm performance on 2nd,

3rd & 4th

Tickets: £12, Children £10, Family Ticket £40 (2

adults + 2 Children)

The Dugdale, 39 London Road,

Enfield Town, EN2 6DS

www.dugdalecentre.co.uk 0208 807 6680

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FOCUS ON EDUCATION

FOCUS ON

CONFIDENCE IS

KEY AT KUMON

At your local Kumon Study

Centre the aim is to develop

students into confident,

independent learners and to

help them achieve their full

potential. With nearly 60 years

of experience, the Kumon

Maths and English Programmes

enable children to take on new

challenges with confidence.

A key principle of the Kumon

Method of Learning is to

develop confidence in all

students, which will enable

them to confront new

challenges head on. This is

not just instilled in them whilst

at Kumon, the confidence a

student gains is something they

will keep with them for life.

When a child enrols onto

the Kumon programmes, they

start at their just-right level. The

initial focus is to build a strong

foundation in their study skills;

developing their concentration,

pace and rhythm. Once they

have built this foundation, they

will then be able to confidently

tackle topics they have not

previously studied.

Kumon believes that learning

is always for the long run.

The individualised maths and

English programmes enable

each student to progress to

an advanced level, above

THE POWER OF PHILOSOPHY:

Mark Lloyd-Williams, Headmaster, Hendon Prep School.

Philosophy enables pupils

to ask the question:

what do we know and

how do we know it?

Ever since Socrates was convicted

of ‘corrupting the youth of Athena’,

educators have questioned the merit

of studying philosophy within the school

curricula. As a former A-Level teacher of

philosophy, I want to re-state the merits

of teaching our children the ‘power of

philosophy’.

The ancient Greeks believed that every

citizen should think about how they

behaved and how they lived as a member

of society. Fundamentally, to behave

well (good) was a true reflection of your

character (Aristotelian ethics). Today, in the

21st century we equally share the belief

that our character is a reflection of the

education we have received.

In an age when we constantly question

the wisdom of what children learn, few

stop to question how do children learn?

At Hendon Prep, the teaching staff have

been working hard to address an equally

important question: how do we encourage

our pupils to be independent thinkers?

In terms of a child’s intellectual

development, Philosophy enables pupils

to ask the question: what do we know and

how do we know it? The ability to ask such

questions in any subject discipline be it Art,

Mathematics or Science, has much greater

merit than the narrowly-focussed student

who is only ‘obsessed’ with getting the

answer ‘right’.

Educationally, our current focus at

Hendon Prep is on ‘meta-cognition’ (beyond

knowledge). We are not simply interested

in a dialogue between teacher and pupil

nor are we fixed in our view that teachers

should lead learning. In reality, learning is a

much deeper journey of self-discovery and

ultimately the greatest success is achieved

when a pupil demonstrates that they are

capable of making connexions between

concepts. Our top students are capable of

applying their newly acquired knowledge

in an entirely original and creative way, for

example, an imaginative essay or poem.

So what is the power of philosophy?

Firstly, it is about children discovering their

potential to think and to be an independent

learner; and secondly, it is about having

the courage to learn from failure and to

persevere; that is true character!

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EDUCATION

their school grade level, at

their own pace. They develop

lifelong study skills and a

passion for learning, as well

as the confidence to tackle

new challenges and face the

unknown.

For more information, please

contact your local Instructor,

using the telephone number

on our advert.

HABERDASHERS’

ASKE’S BOYS’

SCHOOL

The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’

is a single-sex, independent day

school offering an enthusiastic,

positive and challenging

learning environment for

creative and inquisitive pupils.

Our Pre-Prep school,

located in the leafy St Albans

countryside, provides 72 boys

aged between 5 and 7 years

old, with a safe and secure

environment in which they can

thrive.

Our Prep school has been

placed as the No.1 independent

junior school in the nation for

2016-17 by The Sunday Times.

Their prestigious Parent Power

annual review of primary

schools is a closely followed

indicator of academic success.

This ‘table topping’ result

means that we are the top

performing Boys’ Prep

School once again.

FOCUS ON EDUCATION

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FOCUS ON EDUCATION

GETTING

ORGANISED!

The joy of being truly organised

can be a powerful thing, as

borne out by the continued

global success of the Konmari*

tidying method. Being prepared

and organised is also the key

to avoiding panic and anxiety

about homework, assignments

and exam revision.

The basics

A weekly planner for

homework is a great

organisational tool for any

student, even at primary

school level. Using different

colours to highlight whether

work has a long or short

deadline is useful and a good

habit to form.

Students need a work

area where they will be

uninterrupted and comfortable.

The kitchen table may be fine

for an only child, but it’s usually

better to find a quieter place

that’s dedicated to studying and

has everything they need laid

out. It sounds trivial, but having

a full supply of stationery

to hand can make all the

difference and avoids wasting

time searching for a ruler or a

red pen!

Revision specifics

If your child is revising, for class

tests or SATs, it’s important

to build in mealtimes, leisure

activities and very frequent

short breaks during study.

Encourage active learning, even

at this young age, for example

with a supply of large sheets

of paper and coloured pens

to create colourful posters

displaying key facts.

JK Educate

JK Educate specialises in

bespoke support for children’s

learning, with schools advice,

child assessments, specialist

subject tutoring, entrance exam

preparation and study skills.

Call us on 020 3488 0754 or via

www.jkeducate.co.uk/contact-us

* The Life-Changing Magic

Of Tidying by Marie Kondo,

published by Vermillion

THE OXFORD

& CAMBRIDGE

SINGING SCHOOL

SUMMER

COURSE, 24-26th

July 2017, St Luke’s

Church, Chelsea, Sw3

The Oxford & Cambridge Singing

School is run by world-leading

coaches in choral music from

the choral institutions of Oxford

and Cambridge. We hold holiday

courses in Oxford, Cambridge

and London for children aged

7-13 intended to inspire young

musicians with classic choral

repertoire. This summer we

are exploring the music of

the Romantic era through

classic works by Schubert and

Mendelssohn. Repertoire includes

such classics as Schubert’s Ave

Maria and Mendelssohn’s ‘O for

the Wings of a Dove’, as well as

more light-hearted works and

there is plenty in the varied course

structure for any enthusiastic

young musicians to get stuck

into. As one parent put it... “My

son loved every moment of (the

course) and now I can’t stop him

singing!” This summer the course

will be held at St Luke’s, where

Charles Dickens used to worship,

and performing music that was

popular during his time.

To join our mailing list and

for more information on

all courses, please look at

www.oxbridgesingingschool.

co.uk or call 07867 778326.

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What did one

wall say to the

other wall?

I’ll meet you in

the corner!

Oliver, aged 9

What flies

without wings?

Time!

Ehsan

Why did the teacher

wear sunglasses?

Because his class

was so bright!

Annabel, aged 8

What do you

call cheese that

isn’t yours?

Nacho cheese!

As’ad, aged 10

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