Little Voices Putney & Richmond – Easter Camps

Let us help you with childcare this Easter?

We are so excited to welcome everyone back safely this coming Easter holiday!

Now MORE THAN EVER it is so important that children have access to performing arts to help their development and for their mental well-being.

Our camps are a great opportunity for children aged 5 – 11 years to build in confidence and make new friends, allowing every child the chance to shine through singing, drama and dance – building skills for life!

We will work with everyone towards a performance which will be filmed on the last day of the camp and sent out to everyone to watch back with friends and family afterwards!

  • For children aged 5 – 11 years
  • Learn an entire script in 4 days
  • Be part of an end of week performance
  • Singing, Drama and Dance!
  • Building confidence
  • Team building skills
  • Includes a FREE inclusive video of the final performance

 

TOY STORY

Monday 12th – Thursday 15th April

9am – 3.30pm each day

PUTNEY: St Mary’s Church, Putney High Street, SW15 1SN (just by Putney Bridge)

RICHMOND: Christs School, Queens Road, TW10 6HW

Cost: £230.00 (£10 off for Little Voices pupils)

 

KEEPING COVID SAFE

Our friendly team of tutors will ensure every day is packed with lots of laughs, fun, drama, singing and performing allowing everyone to build in confidence whilst fully adhering to government guidelines. Our group sizes will be capped at 15 and we will be spending a lot more time outdoors; so we ask children wear suitable clothing for this! 

Rest assured, that if we have to cancel a camp refunds will be given in full. And if your child can no longer attend a camp because of COVID we will offer you a full refund or will refund for the days your child can no longer attend.

 

BE QUICK TO BOOK AS PLACES ARE LIMITED!

 

BOOK HERE!

Little Voices has been THE half term/summer favourite. Every time I make other suggestions, to help give my daughter a variety of different things to do, we always land back to Little Voices. She’s smitten. It’s her absolutely favourite and theatre week is requested every holiday. She wholeheartedly loves this creative nugget. What gets me is how these kids, dress up, prepare a stage set, learn a script and loads of songs within only four days. So committed. I was so proud of her and the Little Voices team for the great show they put on. Thanks Little Voices for setting up and providing us with this creative wonderfulness.
Shura Castellvi-Kellhofer, Mum of AmelieParent

 

 

*We are working closely with our outstanding school partners and venues to ensure that the facilities and programmes meet all the requirements of the Department for Education and Public Health England. Some plans may change as guidance evolves, ensuring that we are doing all we can to keep everyone safe whilst offering an outstanding service to all parents and children. If a child comes down with COVID symptoms and cannot attend our camp we will offer a full refund or will refund for the days they can no longer attend. Anyone displaying Coronavirus symptoms will be required not to come to our camp until they have met the self-isolation or testing requirements. All Little Voices tutors are fully enhanced DBS checked and hold Level 3 First Aid Paediatric Training. Prices may vary. Subject to application and consent for your child to be filmed for the final performance.

Expressing Yourself

Minis Edition

 

Over the many years that I have been teaching Performing arts skills to children, I have found that the younger the child, the less inhibited they are when it comes to being silly, creative and expressive. The older we get, the more self conscious we become, and a lot of performing arts training revolves around creating a safe space to allow students to express themselves freely, as well as encouraging self confidence.

At Little Voices, we are a safe space for us all to try things out, to be as creative as we can and to have a culture of being able to make mistakes; having said that, we all need a place to start to get the creative juices flowing, so here are a few ideas and exercises to help your little one to express themselves.

 

  1. Vocal expression – One of the games we like to play is “Apple Pie”, which is a really simple game, you select someone who is ON, that person closes their eyes/moves away, you select one person to say “Apple Pie” (this can be any phrase/words you choose), and they have to use their voice creatively to disguise themselves as the person who is speaking. Some examples you can use is “speak like an elephant”, moving on to “like an angry lion” to “like someone who is very happy”. This helps children to be able to characterise emotions through their voice as well as recognise feelings in others, reading into and helping them to understand those subtle ways of communicating.
  2. Musical listening- Another way of identifying emotions can be expression through music. To get the conversation going, you can play any piece of music, and ask your child to say three things that it makes them think of, a colour, a place or an animal (you can do all three or one at a time). Once this conversation is going, you can switch to helping them to compose! You don’t need anything fancy for this, just your voice or a table top to tap on, and you can start simple, can you tap a rhythm that sounds like an Elephant to you? There is no wrong way to do it, and the most important thing is that you model confidence. Of course, if you have any percussion instruments lying around, or a keyboard app on your tablet, this works really well too
  3. Human clay- This exercise involves working together, on is the sculptor and one is the clay, the sculptor models their clay into whatever position they wish, if there are more than two of you, you can ask others to guess what emotion the sculptor is trying to create, as talk about what each body part might be doing when someone looks excited, disappointed, relaxed etc. try to be specific with the words rather than more generic ones like happy or sad.

 

I really hope that these are helpful in getting a conversation going or to help your little one express their emotions with a little more clarity. This time is very difficult for them and for all their resilience and strength, I know it’s very tough for us as parents to see them struggle missing their friends and routine.

Little Voices is here to help in any way we can and we are sending lots of positivity out to you all.

A big virtual hug,

Lucy x

 

Half Term – Virtual Workshops (For Mini Voices)

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To apply email: swl@littlevoices.org.uk

 

What Makes Little Voices Different and Special?

What makes Little Voices different to any other Performing Arts Organisation?

For those of you who may not have come across Little Voices before, we are a company that leads with our heart and genuinely cares for every individual that walks through our doors! Little Voices is an organisation that’s been nurturing children and guiding them for 13 years! We use drama, singing and performance skills that equip children for life! At Little Voices you will find outstanding tuition, expert guidance, support and traditional methods of teaching drama and singing, so that children can pursue a life on the stage or increase their confidence in all areas of their life.
At Little Voices we pride ourselves on traditional and inspirational yet fun filled lessons, which are taught by passionate and highly qualified tutors so that your child can excel in a happy environment.

So, what makes Little Voices different to any other Performing Arts Organisation?

 

LAMDA

In lessons pupils are taught and prepared for their LAMDA exams (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts). These exams are widely recognised and do eventually go towards UCAS points. These UCAS points can assist with our pupil’s University applications, so essentially pupils are building their CV from an early age! LAMDA have high standards and outstanding worldwide reputation. We do teach this is an extremely fun and up lifting way filled with positive reinforcement and encouragement! Little Voices is the second biggest customer, globally, to LAMDA with thousands of pupils across the UK achieving exam success each year! We are proud of our 100% Pass Rate and from this year our pupils even feature on the LAMDA website!

Giving Parents Peace of Mind!

Children’s activities in the UK are UNREGULATED.. Did you know that?! So parents have no idea whether the classes are safe! Activity providers don’t have any set standards to benchmark their services against, so anyone can set up a class with no safety standards, health regulations, training even – in place! Shocking, isn’t it?!

However, here at Little Voices we have been awarded 5 Gold Stars by The Children’s Activities Association, for compliance in everything from paediatric first aid, to GDPR to safeguarding, fire marshalling, and with the current circumstance, infection control and COVID 19 training- meaning that parents who enrol their children with Little Voices have FULL peace of mind that the

y will be looked after by full DBS enhanced tutors and that they have passed all Health & Safety & First Aid Qualifications.

Little Voices is the FIRST Performing Arts organisation to proudly pass this.

 

Small Class Sizes

At Little Voices we follow a very unique lesson structure of Drama and Singing. These lessons alternate each week, pupils have a full lesson focusing on their drama skills one week, and a full lesson concentrating on their vocal skills in singing the next week and so on.

But, One of the biggest differences at Little Voices to any other organisation, is our super small class sizes. We work with children in groups of no more than 8! There are SO many benefits of this. Firstly, pupils get a lot more focus and attention from their tutors. Tutor are able to adapt lessons to suit the needs and strengths of our pupils. Not only are pupils receiving expert tuition, but a tutor is able to really nurture each individual personality and build a bond that promotes a child to feel 100% comfortable and safe in their lessons. In order for a child to grow and develop skills its important they feel both these things! As well as growing each individual personality, our small groups also encourage team work and all the skills to work as part of a team! From listening skills, to problem solving and being part of a ‘cast’! These are skills that are important throughout life.
We love our small class sizes! It ensure NO child gets left at the back, no matter how shy or confident, and children are able to make friends, some that may stick with them for life!
Although we do work towards exams, building a child’s confidence and nurturing each individual personality is our main focus!

 

Children’s Mental Health & Well being

Here at Little Voices we are passionate about creating a safe environment for children to feel safe and comfortable in their own skin! We are always promoting positive reinforcement and encourage children to talk through their feelings, and use their time with us to truly express themselves!- That’s what theatre is all about after all!

Did you know anxiety affects 1 in 5 children in the UK?  We know children go through lots of ups and downs in their lives, they can be open to nerves and anxieties, and this may be even more heightened with the current pandemic. At a time when children’s confidence is quite low, they’re struggling with emotions & feelings, performing arts lessons, particularly those taught in small classes, really help with positive mental health & help create a happy child!

At Little Voices we thrive on building a child’s confidence, and this is done by building a very special bond between tutor & pupil, they trust their tutors and are encouraged to give anything a go, with no fear of making mistakes! Each child is on their own little journey & have different needs, it’s up to us to nurture their own personalities and help them grow!! The skills they learn to help cope with emotions, nerves, changes in life, are skills will stick with them throughout life.

Critical thinking skills and creative problem-solving abilities are goals for children’s development, as well as exploring different emotions! Not only that, but singing and drama actually have SO many health benefits too!

 

Schools

We recognise the tremendous work teachers do for our children. At Little Voices we work very closely with school teachers to help provide this tuition that may be missing in the school. With cuts to the curriculum, we understand the pressure schools may be under to provide a taste of the Arts to their pupils. We have had many conversations with Head teachers over the past year, who simply don’t have the time or the expertise to give pupils this option, and we completely understand this! We are an external organisation that works very closely with each schools needs to create a programme that’s right for their pupils and school, enabling schools to give their pupils chance to explore their imaginations, build confidence and develop life skills. We currently have school partnerships and have been helping schools to create super happy children and creating a safe space to talk through their feelings and have fun!

 

If you would like to book free trial lesson at our Studio in Preston or to arrange a phone call to see how we can enhance the education in your school please email Rachel@littlevoices.org.uk or phone 07480 064828

What did you fail at today?

I can’t tell you how many times I see every day a child who fears failure. Outside of my Principal role at Little Voices, I am a teacher in an alternative provision for children who have been excluded and also a Specialist Leader of Education, where I have trained teachers on how to incorporate life skills into the curriculum.

The fear of failure is a problem that isn’t being addressed enough.

I started reflecting on where this comes from. When does it start? Because, when you are a baby you have no fear. You try to learn to walk, you fall down and you get back up again. You keep going.

Where does this fear of failure come from?

Maybe the fear of embarrassment or the feeling of being unworthy. This fear being so strong that you start to avoid doing the task or you self sabotage something to protect yourself. So you stop taking risks, you hold back, making sure you never have that feeling of shame.

Failing would just confirm that you weren’t talented/good enough

But failure shouldn’t be seen as a bad thing. Failure should be seen as an opportunity to grow. 

Maybe the questions should turn from “What did you achieve?” to “What did you fail at?” and “How can you improve next time?” Making it ok to fail. Because failing is an opportunity to grow. It’s a discussion to have over the dining table in the evening. It’s something to own and not be scared of.

A growth mindset is something that is a skill. 

At Little Voices this is what we are experts at. The whole time we create an environment that is nurturing and rewarding, while knowing that progress looks different for every child.  We understand that a child may need extra work with their confidence, or another child may need help with their use of dynamics at bar 24. We make sure that no matter where a child is on their journey that they feel successful, because success breeds success. From tailoring our approach with every child, we get the results we want.

How do we do this?

Our group sizes. 8 or less in a class means we CAN do this well. We get to know our learners very well and understand what they need to work on and what they do well at. By emphasizing the successes, and building trust, we can then slowly build up children’s resilience.

So what does it take to get a child to say “I can’t do it!” to “I want to do it again!”

Trust, patience, persistence… and showing evidence that they can! We may not achieve this in one session, BUT there are plenty of opportunities we jump on to prove that our children CAN do it. The process begins soon as they step in the classroom. “I can’t do this..”, “Let’s try anyway. Would you like me to help you? Don’t worry if you get it wrong, we can start again!”

THEN, one of the most important things happen. When our pupils succeed the classroom erupts in applause.

What a feeling… the complete opposite to shame

Then followed up by the tutor saying “See! You said you couldn’t do it. But you did” Then a lovely certificate or sticker to mark the achievement. I have seen pupils nervous (understandably..) about their LAMDA examinations, but coming out smiling shouting “CAN WE DO IT AGAIN!”

That feeling should be experienced again and again, so our pupils want to feel that way. It should outweigh the fear of shame.

What a lesson to learn. A lesson that can be taken into your child’s adult life. This is a lesson that is invaluable.

 

Maybe, we should first make sure we practice what we teach. Frequently reflecting on our own failures and not beating ourselves up for them. Every failure has a lesson we can take from it, which we can pass on to our children. Then today in our classrooms or at the dining table we should have an open conversation and ask our children “What did you fail at today?” Let’s make it a thing that’s not frightening, but spoken about.

SO.. What did you fail at today?! 

 

**** If you are a parent who has noticed this is something you would like to develop with your child or if you are school wanting to help a key group of pupils develop resilience feel free to contact me on 07877620340 or ealing@littlevoices.org.uk ****

What makes Little Voices different to any other Performing Arts Organisation?

For those of you who may not have come across Little Voices before, we are a company that leads with our heart and genuinely cares for every individual that walks through our doors! Little Voices is an organisation that’s been nurturing children and guiding them for 13 years! We use drama, singing and performance skills that equip children for life! At Little Voices you will find outstanding tuition, expert guidance, support and traditional methods of teaching drama and singing, so that children can pursue a life on the stage or increase their confidence in all areas of their life.
At Little Voices we pride ourselves on traditional and inspirational yet fun filled lessons, which are taught by passionate and highly qualified tutors so that your child can excel in a happy environment.

So, what makes Little Voices different to any other Performing Arts Organisation?

 

LAMDA

In lessons pupils are taught and prepared for their LAMDA exams (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts). These exams are widely recognised and do eventually go towards UCAS points. These UCAS points can assist with our pupil’s University applications, so essentially pupils are building their CV from an early age! LAMDA have high standards and outstanding worldwide reputation. We do teach this is an extremely fun and up lifting way filled with positive reinforcement and encouragement! Little Voices is the second biggest customer, globally, to LAMDA with thousands of pupils across the UK achieving exam success each year! We are proud of our 100% Pass Rate and from this year our pupils even feature on the LAMDA website!

Giving Parents Peace of Mind!

Children’s activities in the UK are UNREGULATED.. Did you know that?! So parents have no idea whether the classes are safe! Activity providers don’t have any set standards to benchmark their services against, so anyone can set up a class with no safety standards, health regulations, training even – in place! Shocking, isn’t it?!

However, here at Little Voices we have been awarded 5 Gold Stars by The Children’s Activities Association, for compliance in everything from paediatric first aid, to GDPR to safeguarding, fire marshalling, and with the current circumstance, infection control and COVID 19 training- meaning that parents who enrol their children with Little Voices have FULL peace of mind that the

y will be looked after by full DBS enhanced tutors and that they have passed all Health & Safety & First Aid Qualifications.

Little Voices is the FIRST Performing Arts organisation to proudly pass this.

 

Small Class Sizes

At Little Voices we follow a very unique lesson structure of Drama and Singing. These lessons alternate each week, pupils have a full lesson focusing on their drama skills one week, and a full lesson concentrating on their vocal skills in singing the next week and so on. 

But, One of the biggest differences at Little Voices to any other organisation, is our super small class sizes. We work with children in groups of no more than 8! There are SO many benefits of this. Firstly, pupils get a lot more focus and attention from their tutors. Tutor are able to adapt lessons to suit the needs and strengths of our pupils. Not only are pupils receiving expert tuition, but a tutor is able to really nurture each individual personality and build a bond that promotes a child to feel 100% comfortable and safe in their lessons. In order for a child to grow and develop skills its important they feel both these things! As well as growing each individual personality, our small groups also encourage team work and all the skills to work as part of a team! From listening skills, to problem solving and being part of a ‘cast’! These are skills that are important throughout life.
We love our small class sizes! It ensure NO child gets left at the back, no matter how shy or confident, and children are able to make friends, some that may stick with them for life!
Although we do work towards exams, building a child’s confidence and nurturing each individual personality is our main focus!

              

Children’s Mental Health & Well being

Here at Little Voices we are passionate about creating a safe environment for children to feel safe and comfortable in their own skin! We are always promoting positive reinforcement and encourage children to talk through their feelings, and use their time with us to truly express themselves!- That’s what theatre is all about after all!

Did you know anxiety affects 1 in 5 children in the UK?  We know children go through lots of ups and downs in their lives, they can be open to nerves and anxieties, and this may be even more heightened with the current pandemic. At a time when children’s confidence is quite low, they’re struggling with emotions & feelings, performing arts lessons, particularly those taught in small classes, really help with positive mental health & help create a happy child!

At Little Voices we thrive on building a child’s confidence, and this is done by building a very special bond between tutor & pupil, they trust their tutors and are encouraged to give anything a go, with no fear of making mistakes! Each child is on their own little journey & have different needs, it’s up to us to nurture their own personalities and help them grow!! The skills they learn to help cope with emotions, nerves, changes in life, are skills will stick with them throughout life.

Critical thinking skills and creative problem-solving abilities are goals for children’s development, as well as exploring different emotions! Not only that, but singing and drama actually have SO many health benefits too!

 

Schools

We recognise the tremendous work teachers do for our children. At Little Voices we work very closely with school teachers to help provide this tuition that may be missing in the school. With cuts to the curriculum, we understand the pressure schools may be under to provide a taste of the Arts to their pupils. We have had many conversations with Head teachers over the past year, who simply don’t have the time or the expertise to give pupils this option, and we completely understand this! We are an external organisation that works very closely with each schools needs to create a programme that’s right for their pupils and school, enabling schools to give their pupils chance to explore their imaginations, build confidence and develop life skills. We currently have school partnerships and have been helping schools to create super happy children and creating a safe space to talk through their feelings and have fun!

 

If you would like to book free trial lesson at any of our centres across the Fylde Coast, or to arrange a phone call with your school please email or phone on 07599709306

Skills for life (part 2)

 


 

SO, just to recap… We’ve already heard about understanding emotions, learning empathy, team work skills, language and communication skills… But there is more. All this from a drama and singing lesson… Yes. So as well as getting trained to a very high level in these skills, the other skills are just as valuable, if not more so for everyday life! 

One of our biggest aims of our lessons is to help our children grow in confidence. A confident child is a happy child. The word confident, doesn’t mean over confident and cocky, it is a child who is comfortable in their own skin, who believes in themselves, and who has the ability to do what can actually seem like fairly simple tasks. For example making friends, putting their hand up in class, reading out loud, applying for a job, asking a tough question. Having confidence comes into lots of parts of our everyday life. If we build on these skills from a young age then we hope that children will grow into well rounded happy adults!

Our classrooms provide a safe space for children to explore their inner creativity and we really embrace individuality. We know and love that each child is individual and has their own ways. We welcome every individual personality with welcome arms. This builds on a childs confidence to be themselves – and what more could you want for your child! 

To chat more about the skills for life, we’d love to speak. It is a topic we are really passionate about! Have you noticed your child is getting any of these skills in their lessons? Are there any of these skills you want us to specifically work on with your child?

We are there for you and your child and we really care. 

Questions? Get in touch! Email me on samantha@littlevoices.org.uk or call on 07515 873894.

Skills for life (part 1)

 

 

When we talk about drama and singing lessons or performing arts lessons not everybody understands just what that means. Or who these lessons are suitable for. At Little Voices we like to think of ourselves as a little bit different because we aren’t actively trying to make our pupils into the next big star (although with our training some children do go on to follow their dreams of being on the stage or television). We follow a set of beliefs that make our lessons inclusive to everybody, whether they are wanting to follow a career on the stage, or whether they are wanting more confidence, or to gain skills for life. 

What do we mean by skills for life? 

Drama and singing helps us to understand emotions, and why somebody may be feeling a certain way. It therefore allows children to build the skills to empathise and be accepting of others. We live in a world where it is so important to be kind and accepting, and teaching our children these skills young will stay with them for life. 

Along side that is will help with team work skills. Children and adults very rarely have situations in which they only have themselves to work with or consider. Our small class sizes of no more than 8 give children the chance from very early on to work as a team. When our children work on their exam pieces they have to work together to create their performance, and then to help each other out. If one child forgets their line for example, it is their responsibility as a team to help each other out. 

Performing arts lessons help with language and communication skills. When learning scripts, poems, or just within the context of a general lesson children will pick up new words, and in what context those words are to be used. When learning about emotion, how to speak to people, how things are said, the importance of eye contact etc then all helps to teach children how to communicate effectively with their peers and other people outside of their lessons too. I’m sure we can all agree that communication is a vital skill.

If you would like your child to experience Little Voices lessons and start to build these vital life skills, you can book 2 free trial lessons by contacting  samantha@littlevoices.org.uk or 07515 873894.

Brand New Exciting Venue for Little Voices Altrincham

Little Voices Altrincham is so happy to have restarted ‘physical’ lessons in their new home at Hale Chapel Hall on the Hale Road. The light and airy hall has a high ceiling and sprung wooden floor, which makes it the perfect place for children to enjoy their drama and music lessons.

On a Wednesday afternoon we currently have places available for 8, 9 and 10 year old boys and girls.

Apply for a free trial lesson now! https://www.littlevoices.org.uk/locations/altrincham/little-voices-altrincham-free-trial-application-form

 

Ali

WHY IS PERFORMING ARTS SO IMPORTANT FOR CHILDREN?

There are so many benefits and core skills Performing Arts teaches children. Performing Arts plays a huge role in helping children to develop their creative skills, language skills, social skills, decision making, risk taking, emotional intelligence and how to communicate effectively with others with CONFIDENCE!

Performing Arts is all about self-expression and exploring alternative options, learning how to work with different people and ideas and embracing individuality! There is no right or wrong answers, it’s all a matter of perception and expression and this helps to improve self-confidence and self-belief, leading onto a natural pathway for children to master many more skills that will support them through life!

Performing Arts gives children a space to explore different ideas and concepts and try out different point of views- which is SO important in this day and age! Most importantly Performing Arts allows children to be playful and creative. To explore curiosity and try out new things and new ways of thinking! Children learn to trust others and build relationships as they learn to share their own ideas and thoughts with confidence, and to listen to others with respect.

Whether or not children decide to go on to pursue acting or singing professionally, participating in drama and music lessons will help them to develop life skills that are a growing necessity in the modern workplace (sometimes this is the difference between getting the job over someone who is great on paper but in person lacks confidence). Performing Arts inspire creativity, and increasingly valued skills in most workplaces!
Every child at some point in their life will experience a job interview, or a situation in which they will have to speak and present themselves. With  an experience of performing arts and the confidence and communication skills that this equips children with, children feel empowered in whatever career path they decide to follow as they become adults!

Performing Arts is a brilliant way of allowing children to express their feelings and emotions. Its a place for them to express themselves and to work through their emotions in a safe environment. It’s a way of letting off steam, reducing frustrations and dealing with anxieties, which is VITAL for good mental health! If they have already experienced the nerves and anxieties when performing, children are more likely to recognise these feelings in later life and able to cope with them!

Performing Arts teach children to never give up! That they can achieve their own goals and gives them life skills that will help them flourish!