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Football team scores Hornsby House has had a very exciting autumn as their U11 boys football team won the Independent Schools Football Association London Regional Championship. It was the first time that Hornsby House had competed in the competition so the boys were absolutely thrilled by the win, and they now go forward to the national finals, which take place next summer at St George’s Park. "It was a great day for the boys and they are very excited about competing in the National Finals next summer,” said Mark Peters, Assistant Head. “It is a fantastic reward for the whole of Year 6, who have contributed so much to this win." www.hornsbyhouse.org.uk
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The Study’s new sports ground
Harrington Nursery has opened its door for business! Running alongside their sister nursery Queensberry Nursery, established in South Kensington since 2006, Harrington’s is a lovely new, bright and welcoming building for children
The Study in Wimbledon has secured the use of a dedicated off-site sports facility for their students. Beverley Meads Recreation Ground in Barham Road, SW20, is a wonderful, leafy and spacious site, which includes multi-use pitches and courts for netball, hockey and tennis. The Study girls, who are renowned for their sporting prowess at both regional and national level, will now have a dedicated facility to hone their skills. Alison Dalgleish, Head of Physical Education: “I am exceptionally proud of our new, fully equipped off-site Sports Ground which we are now using for all our PE training, home matches and Sports Days. This facility will further enhance our already excellent reputation in sport, and will help the girls develop their skills and talents in all the sporting disciplines we offer at The Study.” www.thestudyprep.co.uk
Sling it, baby between the ages of 2 and 5. Contact them for an appointment to view the nursery and meet their friendly staff. Queensberry Place, South Kensington SW7 2DR, 0207 581 0200, www.queensberrynursery.co.uk
A warm welcome to the first sling library in SW London! There are some fantastic slings and carriers out there but most of them are only available online and some look extremely complicated to wear. Hence the sling library – a place where you can try out a range of carriers before you buy. Tooting Sling Library is a not-for-profit organisation offering 13 carriers which can be used from newborn up to pre-schoolers – bring your babies and toddlers and try them all! Carrying your baby in a sling can be great bonding time for parent and child, and brings immense freedom when travelling. Tooting Sling Library is based in Tooting Broadway but sessions will be held all over Wandsworth and Lambeth. www.duckpondaffairs.co.uk/tooting-mini-sling-library
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Dolphin school grows! The new wing is now in action at Dolphin School Clapham, with four fantastic new classrooms. They also have a new double-height indoor multi-use hall for gymnastics, dance activities and school events, plus rooms for Science and Technology, and one-to-one spaces for instrumental lessons and individual tuition. Meanwhile, their existing building has been reshaped and refurbished, all of which means that the school still has some places available in some year groups. Contact the school to arrange a show-around. 106 Northcote Road SW11 6QW, 020 7924 3472, www.dolphinschool.org.uk
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A mast on every lamppost? Looking for ways to reduce the cost of delivering services to residents, Wandsworth plans to introduce a free Council-branded wifi service to enable online access to services such as council tax payments and benefits. Other London councils are also poised to begin rolling out similar schemes. Attractive as this may sound, there are those who prefer not to have a WIFI transmitter attached to a lamppost outside their house. To find out more about the dangers to health from wireless technology irradiating your family 24/7, look at the Families EMR page www.familiesonline.co.uk/radiation News submitted by Patty Hemingway Refs: Brightside Magazine from WBC June 2013
Children’s author delights Streatham pupils Author and illustrator Chris Riddell visited Streatham & Clapham High School Junior School and delighted pupils with readings and drawings from his latest book Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse. The author captured the girls’ attention immediately with a quick drawing of Goth Girl’s pal Ishmael and then enthralled them with his story of how he became an author and how he develops story lines and characters. The girls could hardly wait to get their copies of Goth Girl signed by the author so they could start reading! www.schs.gdst.net
Snip snip at Gambado A brand new and exciting children's hair salon has just opened in Gambado Chelsea. Neon Kids Hair is a contemporary salon offering fantastic value, where getting a haircut is an adventure. Parents can sit back and relax whilst their children sit with a book, toy or even an iPad whilst getting their hair cut. Whether you come to Neon Kids Hair for a haircut, a mini-mani or to purchase their organic and paraben-free salon shampoos, you'll be welcomed by their friendly and experienced staff. Neon Kids Hair, Gambado Chelsea, 7 Station Court, Townmead Road SW6 2PY, 07766 873534, www.gambado.com / www.neonkidshair.co.uk
Go Yoga A new weekly YogaBirth class with Annabel Hargrave begins this autumn in Raynes Park. The weekly antenatal yoga class also helps prepare for labour and birth, and takes place on Thursday nights at 7.15pm at Create Pilates, 1 Lambton Road, Raynes Park SW20 0LW. For further details and booking contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07817 931571.
New crèche in Clapham Little Learners is a new OFSTED-registered crèche launching in Clapham. Run by a team of dedicated childcare professionals, children from 18 months will benefit from staff highly experienced in educational training, with sessions tailored to meet the needs of each individual child. In addition, the simplified pay structure includes affordable, flat fees for sessions, flexible terms and zero registration costs. A convenient lunchtime collection service is also offered from some local schools. “We have worked hard to create an intimate and secure ‘home from home’ environment, where each child can feel safe enough to express themselves in a way that is natural to them,” says Michelle Reynolds, founder of Little Learners. “We strive to nurture and develop the interests of children.” Trial sessions are available. 07940 579982, www.claphamlearners.com
Fantastic business opportunities • Kung Fu Schools is an exciting new franchise business, which is being backed by musician, celebrity and martial arts enthusiast Peter Andre. It has successfully been operating since 2007 training and is recognised as one of the leading Martial Arts Institutes in the UK. Business founder Paul Hawkes said: “Kung Fu Schools is a profitable, sustainable and scalable business. I want to share my passion for martial arts with others who want to build a worthwhile, rewarding and enjoyable business in their local area. You do not have to be martial arts experts as we provide all the necessary training and instruction. We are looking for caring, passionate and like-minded people to join us in our quest to teach more kids the confidence they need to thrive in life.” Launch day on November 15th from 4.00pm until 6.00pm. www.kungfuschoolsfranchise.co.uk or email email@example.com • Mini Monkey Gym, The Original Soft Playgym for 0-5’s, which offers unique parent-child gym classes and high quality soft play parties, is franchising nationally. They are offering the wonderful opportunity to join the team and run your own successful, flexible, and family friendly, business!! For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org 07917 872205 • Fancy running your own Families magazine? If you have a friend in Devon, Staffordshire or Leicestershire she may be interested in buying an established Families business. Or if you are familiar with the area, you could take on the magazine yourself if you are moving back soon? There are other parts of the country not covered by a Families magazine yet. To find out contact: email@example.com
Play at Ray’s Ray’s Playhouse in Fulham has been given the goahead to install a new £50,000 specialist outdoor playground, including a large sand play area, water feature and climbing equipment, all designed especially for the under-5s. “We are delighted that we have finally been given the go-ahead for this project,” says Ray’s Playhouse Manager Sue Lamb, “which has been the result of fundraising from events, donations and from grants awarded by a number of key funding bodies including Fulham Prep School, The Clothworkers Foundation and John Lyons Foundation. The new outdoor area will provide a stimulating, safe environment for our children to explore and gain independence.” Ray’s Playhouse is open weekdays 9.30am-12pm, with sessions including messy play, painting, dressing up, reading area and lending library. 247 Stephendale Road SW6 2PR, 020 7371 9002, www.raysplayhouse.org
It’s all about love actually
Inspire yourself, change your life! Amanda is a psychotherapist and founder of Inspired Living, which provides motivational and life-changing advice for people of all ages and gender who want to let go of the shadows of their past and gain new direction in their lives. We asked her to reveal the most common problems she comes across...
Q: What do you believe? Do you believe in yourself? Or do you have beliefs about yourself? Ah, how different both those questions are. To be able to answer Yes to the first one without any fluffing and bluffing would be amazing… But how many of you are actually finding that their stomachs are sinking and they are relating more to the second question, “do you have beliefs about yourself?” Already the tonality is completely different. Many of us suffer self-doubt so that although we would love to give a wholehearted “yes” to the first question, we can’t in all honesty do so. So where does this self-doubt come from? For many of us, it initially comes from our childhood—usually from our primary carers (although not always). And the doubt doesn’t necessarily set in because our childhoods are abusive. It can also come from over-protective adults around us, or people who already lack faith in themselves and so they can’t help but transfer some of that to their children etc.
It is important when looking at beliefs about yourself that you ask yourself the following questions: 1. Are those your beliefs? 2. Where do they come from? 3. Do they belong to someone else, and if so, who? 4. Are they true? Querying those beliefs helps you to free yourself from the hold they have over you. If you are now aware of the fact that those beliefs were given to you by someone or something else, then you can reasonably choose to let go of them if they don’t serve you well. You might find it difficult at first to surrender them. You will probably have to sweet talk yourself into it, but oh, imagine your life when you start having faith in yourself. So go on, inspire yourself and BELIEVE. Yes, you really are that person.
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As an adult it can be extremely stressful when your beliefs about yourself are challenged because then you are being asked to head into the unknown. It is exceedingly limiting to us and our development if we are too subjugated by these beliefs, they will really hold us back. So, if you want to expand as a person you should reconsider your beliefs about yourself.
Q: My daughter is being bullied at school. She was in a group of 4 girls and one of them has turned the others against her because she thought she was becoming too close to one of them. She goes around like Blair in Gossip girl and the others follow her around and won't even look at my daughter. She is only 7 and it breaks my heart to see her like this. It is very unfortunate for the one who gets left out and it's not a nice place to be, but one thing you must really understand and tell your daughter is that it is not personal. This other girl is being unkind but it has nothing to do with your little girl and her qualities as a person. It has to do with the other girl's low self-esteem and insecurities. If she were feeling great about herself, then she wouldn't feel the need to treat your daughter this way. What you could do is see if there aren't any other little girls who might be open to her joining them. Just because she didn't need to before doesn't mean that they won't want to be friends with her now. Also see if there aren't any extra-curricular activities that you can sign her up for. When she starts making friends there, it will help her to realise that it really does have nothing to do with her and she will get her confidence back. You could also arrange a supervised play date for them both so that they can fall back into being friends.
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Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre development Streatham’s brand new ice and leisure centre opens to the public on 18 November at the same time as the new Tesco superstore. The centre, which replaces the much loved Streatham ice rink that closed in 2011, will provide: • An ice rink with 1,000 rink side seats for spectators, skaters, ice hockey players and officials • A six-lane, 25-metre swimming pool • A four court sports hall • A 13-metre teaching pool • 100 gym stations. The £26m project has been jointly funded by Lambeth Council and Tesco. The overall development incorporates the new supermarket, over 200 new homes and will have provided almost a thousand jobs during the construction phase and afterwards. As Families office is based in Streatham, we can’t wait!
Plan Christmas outings with Families Online! Thousands of you have discovered our rather marvellous online What’s On calendar, searching for days out, shows and performances in London suitable for children. This month look out for Christmas fairs, sales and carol services. Do send the ones you know about to: firstname.lastname@example.org Organisers: To be included for free go here: www.familiesonline.co.uk/submitanevent
Minister visits The Babydrop Crèche The Babydrop was lucky enough to have a visit from Elizabeth Truss, the Under-Secretary of State for Education and our local MP, Jane Ellison. The minister had been in contact with The Babydrop to find out more about their wonderful flexible childcare solution and to discuss concerns The Babydrop management had raised regarding how the red tape surrounding childcare was leading to higher costs for parents. The Co-owners, Charlotte Butterfill and Ellen De Naray had some ideas of their own on how to change this, and wanted to share them with Elizabeth and get some input at the Local and National Government level. It’s great to see a local mum’s campaign for change to help everyone and the whole article is on their blog www.thebabydrop.co.uk/blog.html
When the kids come home, have a plate full of diced or sliced fruit and veg: apples, carrots, cucumber, grapes, peppers, pears etc. Funny how a carrot or a pear can be so enticing when it is cut up in strips! This will go a long way towards their 5 day—and did you know that fruit is also better eaten on an empty stomach? Perfect after school. Parents in the US are reportedly turning their back on the new Gardasil human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, and are refusing to allow their teenage daughters to have the jab that’s supposed to protect against cervical cancer… Nearly half the parents polled in a survey are saying “No” to Gardasil, which was launched in the UK last Autumn. The survey carried out by the Mayo Clinic, apparently shows an increasing trend among parents across the US to refuse the vaccine. Pediatrics, 2013 131:645-51. Info from WDDTY, October 2013 issue. My child is severely autistic and has epileptic seizures everyday, over 50 times a day. I changed her diet to more wholesome, nutritious food, and have seen an immediate result: she only has a maximum of 2 fits a day! Incredible. What I did is first, to cut out gluten wherever possible, giving her Epsom salt bath (Epsom salts are rich in magnesium, which is absorbed very efficiently via the skin, magnesium supports the nervous system) and I also increased her intake of green veg, cutting down on red meat. To contribute to this column email email@example.com Send 50-60 words for my consideration. Contributions from parents as well as professionals are welcome.
National Adoption Week Making a space for a child in your life is an amazing thing to do. It is also a big decision and there is a lot to think about and learn. Find out more during National Adoption Week which takes place 4-11 November this year. Since its launch in 1997, National Adoption Week has gone from strength to strength, reaching people across the UK who want to know more about adoption. It is important in reminding people about the backgrounds of the children waiting for adoption and the difference adoption can make to a child’s life. It also attracts people wanting to find out about their own adoption or about a child they put up for adoption. The National Adoption Week website is packed with advice and support for people thinking of adopting a child, as well as help for adopted children, birth parents and adoptive parents. Discover some fascinating real life stories and find out more about the steps you should take if you are thinking seriously about adoption. Check out the myths and facts of adoption, how to go about it and all the support you will need at www.nationaladoptionweek.org.uk
New location for SwimWay in SW19 We are delighted to announce that as from January 2014 SwimWay will be teaching at a new location in SW19 (Wimbledon/Southfields). SwimWay is the leading home visit Swimming School in London, providing swimming lessons to children and adults in exclusive private developments, homes and schools around London, as well as in six sites open to general public located in Knightsbridge, Putney, Kew Gardens, East Sheen, Streatham Hill and now Wimbledon. Initially lessons will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays afternoon during the Spring Term 2014. •If you would like to find out more information about the lessons, please visit www.swimway.co.uk, call the office on 020 8871 3972 or email Wimbledon@swimway.co.uk
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Look after Number 1… and the whole family is smiling! Isn’t it right that when mum is happy the whole family is happy? Therefore it makes sense to look after mum, doesn’t it? In this feature we’ve gathered some great ideas to get you moving, shaking, laughing and feel better. Some we’ve received from readers, some of our own. We may run another piece later on, so please do email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Be creative! Learn a new skill Why not join Sew Pretty, a new local sewing workshop? Katya Essery, a local mum of two, launched her new small sewing and craft business right next to Wimbledon Park. Her aim is to provide an enjoyable experience to the students: all the classes are small, informal and very affordable, offering plenty of one to one support to build up your confidence. She offers sewing lessons for adults from complete beginners to more advanced, short workshops for mums (make a simple skirt, a winter dress) as well as after school kids sewing lessons. Go on, you’ll love it! 0790 368 1552 email@example.com www.sewpretty.me.uk
Why it is so important to keep moving Body Logic explains: “Some common descriptions of injuries from our clients are, 'I bent over and suddenly my back went', 'I stepped down off the curb and immediately felt a sharp knee pain' and the classic 'I did this 8 years ago playing tennis and it resolved in two days, but it’s not settling this time'. Invariably we spend time explaining to the client the mechanisms of their injury. About 90% of the problems we treat are caused by underlying postural changes affecting soft tissues around joints and therefore how the biomechanics of an area function. Our bodies are designed to move through good range, using our joints, muscles and other soft tissues. Movement keeps our bodies healthy and functioning normally. Over time soft tissues will either shorten or lengthen in response to sustained positioning, this will greatly affect joint control and movement patterns. The more time spent in these habitual postures the greater the effect of soft tissue adaption. This adaption does not happen in hours but over years. It builds up and explains why an injury 8 years down the track will take longer to correct; the tissues have simply continued to adapt. This changes the movement patterns further. Our advice is: make sure you are getting some movement into your daily routine- walking is excellent, together with a few stretches to cover all the major muscle groups. This will assist greatly in preventing injuries and ensuring you continue enjoying all activities. At Body Logic Health they can identify problem areas before they become a problem through movement, walking and running screens. •Body Logic: Chartered Physiotherapists, Kinetic Control Movement Therapists, Running School, Walking School, Performance Matrix, Personal Trainers and much more. Battersea and Streatham Hill 020 7924 6068 firstname.lastname@example.org www.body-logic.co.uk
Be silent for one minute Sent in by a reader: “In the 1980's a great friend, who was then aged 65, used to say that the 2nd World War only turned after the introduction of the 'silent minute'. This was observed by millions of people in the UK and then throughout the world, at nine o'clock every evening after the sound of Big Ben was played on the radio. At that time millions stopped and observed silence for this short time – there was no special creed or religion involved - only a strong desire for peace. The minute was started by a man called Wellesley Tudor Pole. Then King George VI, Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt all supported it, and it soon became a nightly ritual. We may feel impotent about the Syrian war and other conflicts in the Middle East and around the globe, but using weapons to fight weapons and aggression to fight aggression does not make sense to us. Using peace to bring peace does. Join others in spending that one minute, in thought, prayer, meditation or just silence focusing on peace in the Middle East, so we too could contribute to stopping war and bringing peace just like during the 2nd World War. If you don't have the sound of Big Ben to remind you, a reminder on your phone or computer would do it! • 9pm, every evening thesilentminute.org.uk continues the tradition...
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Just for parents Meet other mums Learn to run Common Runners, part of England Athletics’ drive to get more people nationwide into running, offers a running course for complete beginners and improvers in Wimbledon Common. The women-only courses are small, friendly and for all ages and abilities. They take place during the day, straight after school drop-off and are ideal for mums or home-workers. Beginners will be given tips on running form, pace, injury prevention, stretching and rest and recovery. Beginner classes are on Mondays (9.30am) and Thursdays (11am). Improver classes are on Mondays (11am) and Thursdays (9.30am). Social runs take place every Tuesday at 11am and are free to those who have signed up for a 12-week course. •Caroline Dunleavy is a qualified England Athletics Run Leader and certified in Sports First Aid by St John Ambulance 07810 486286 email@example.com
Tap yourself happy! Does this sounds familiar?: Your shoulders are hunched, your stomach in knots, your mind whirring over the myriad of unfinished chores, and you don’t have an ounce of energy left in your system to accomplish any of your “to-do” list. What you need is a quick pick-me up that doesn’t require more of your precious time, and with no alcohol, drugs or caffeine involved. So here is how to boost your energy in under two minutes using positive EFT. First, decide what you would like more of in your life: peace, energy, patience etc. Then simply follow the EFT protocol as given by Silvia Hartmann in her latest book “Positive EFT”. You begin with three lovely relaxing breaths, and follow with a round of light tapping on points on your face, chest and hands. (I have done this unnoticed on buses and in meetings.) This technique takes only minutes to learn and can be used on yourself, your children or heaven forbid your partner if he needs help to switch off his negative emotions and replace them with positive feelings like joy or confidence.
One A level student I worked with recently told me her energy and confidence levels had never been higher and she felt ready for the exams she had previously been dreading. After only one session she was using this technique on a regular basis and getting great results.... It works because you are re-booting your energy system using light tapping on acupuncture points on your face, chest and hands. After only one session with a practitioner you could be using this technique to banish the stresses of family life. • Patty Hemingway MA is an EFT Master Practitioner Registered with the AMT. Clinics in Balham & Clapham 020 8333 0413 www.pattyhemingway.com • See this short video of Silvia Hartmann demonstrating the protocol www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cyqo0SrmKG4 Positive EFT: Stronger, Faster, Smarter, but most of all Happier, Silvia Hartmann, 2013
Samantha Reilly, a NCT Postnatal Leader, runs a new NCT Mother and Baby exercise classes in Putney. She says: “Classes are great fun; we do some gentle exercises for the mother, some yoga moves with our babies as well as sing to them. We then have circle time at the end with a drink and a biscuit.” Go out and meet other mums, socialise, share your experiences and a laugh. It’s good for you! •Putney class at Eddie Catz on a Monday at 2.30-4pm www.nct.org.uk/course/18796099 •Southfields class at St Michaels's Church on Granville Road on a Friday at 10-11.30am www.nct.org.uk/course/17284764 There are many different types of NCT groups like Relax and Stretch, baby First Aid, coffee groups, Cheeky Monkey Tea parties, Fundraising, social events and more. Go to www.nct.org.uk to find out.
Have fun exercising We believe fitness should be fun. Try SWFit mums, they offer a new way to get fit or lose pregnancy weight in a social group-training environment. Locations include the Nature Centre, next to the Common Ground Café and Eat Play Love Café in Battersea Park Road, which not only offer the benefits of all-weather training and a secure baby and pram-friendly environment, but the opportunity for a postworkout coffee and chat. The SWFit mums course will see you regain fitness and core strength through a progressive programme specifically designed by a mum for new mums and with your health and well-being prioritised throughout. A six-week course costs only £55 or just drop-in for £10 a class. There is a 10% discount for group bookings of four or over. Ideal for NCT groups! Courses are run on an ongoing basis.
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Just for parents Try (new concept) Family Clubbing Yes, go clubbing! Big Fish Little Fish is a twoand-a-half hour mini rave / afternoon micro festival for families with kids aged 8 and under. Born of a desire to find social events that adults and children could enjoy equally, Big Fish Little Fish brings together credible DJs playing quality music with seriously fun surroundings. Quarter of a century on from the 1988 Summer of Love, here is a place where music lovers of all ages can cut loose, enjoy themselves and meet like-minded souls. With a fully licensed bar, club lighting system, bubble machine, confetti cannons, multiple DJs and a cabaret act, BFLF provides everything you would expect from a grown-up night out - but on a weekend afternoon, and with extras for the younger attendees: a cake stall, separate chillout room for babies/crawlers (with tents, ball pool, inflatables etc), buggy park, full changing facilities and free healthy snacks. What a hoot!
Go girl, dance... The Families editor has had a go at belly dancing with Amira Belly Dance, what fun this is! (no, it is not her in the picture!) All ages, race and size are having fun and a good laugh. Belly dance is a wonderful feminine dance, which really does uplift the soul. The music is great and it's a lot of fun. Colette has been teaching ladies for 12 years now in Balham and Tooting and has worked as a professional Belly Dancer for 15 years. Belly Dance is suitable for ladies of any age and is fantastic for increasing flexibility, encouraging good posture and toning, arms legs and core muscles and no you don't have to show your belly!!! Classes are at Balham and Tooting Leisure Centres. •For more details on contact Colette 07930 331718 or firstname.lastname@example.org www.amirabellydance.net
Try also 5Rhythms Try this women only, 2 hour dancing on your own, on five different rhythms, five ways to find yourself. Feel where you are in the music flow, practice expressing where you are/or what you want in staccato and in chaos, practice letting it all be 'up in the air,' then come back to your centre with lyrical dancing in the dream of what you want, before you land in stillness, the rhythm of healing. www.bodysong.co.uk •We like this one at St Peters Church (NB-Entrance on Tyers St) 310 Kennington Lane, Vauxhall SE11 5HY. No need to book. Or search for one near you.
•Tickets cost £8 for adults and £4.50 for children in advance (non-walkers free), and £10 and £5 on the door. At the Effra Social, 89 Effra Rd, Brixton SW2 1DF Call Natasha on 07919 598 008 email@example.com www.bigfishlittlefishevents.co.uk
See our Happy Mums feature for more adult dance classes like Ceroc, Biodanza, on www.familiessouthwest.co.uk (put biodanza in search)
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Sports feature Part 2
Sports Listings F-L compiled by Joanna Parry
Beautiful 18-hole course set in the midst of Wimbledon Common. Excellent facilities and visitors welcome. 020 8946 7571 www.wcgc.co.uk
At Families we fancy ourselves as experts when it comes to children’s activities. We are pretty confident one way or another we give comprehensive information in our pages to help you find suitable activities for your children. Our online Directories are also bursting with Activities, Clubs and Classes. Last month we started an ambitious project: to cover all children’s sports classes and sporting activities happening locally. We will simply cover each sport from A to Z. Last month we covered A to E, here is F to L. Enjoy. And remember to say where you saw them.
FOOTBALL Broomwood Football Club Balham, Wandsworth Common at the end of Thurleigh Road, SW12 BFC train and play 10.30am to noon on Saturday mornings. Age groups from Reception to Year 11, with 12 teams from Year 5 and upwards playing in the London Saturday Youth League, and the girls teams playing in girls tournaments across London. Contact email@example.com www.broomwoodfc.org Furzedown Soccer School Furzedown Recreation Centre, Tooting Aimed at all abilities improving ball work, skills and techniques. Saturday soccer school, drop in, 10am 6-9 year olds, 11am 10-12 year olds, £3. Junior football coaching, drop in, Mondays 5-7pm 6-12 year olds, Wednesdays 5-6.30pm age 13+, £2.50 020 8767 6542 tootingareasportsteam@wandsworth .gov.uk www.wandsworth.gov.uk/frc Kiddikicks Across SW London Structured skills-based football play for children 18 months to 7 years. Four distinct age groups offering energy-burning football fun. Termly classes, parties, summer camps. Hyde Park/Imperial College, Prince Consort Road, SW7 2BB - Tuesdays 10am-12pm and 3pm to 5/6pm, Thursdays 10am-12pm, Saturdays 10am-12pm and 2-5pm. East Sheen/Sheen Lance Centre, SW14 8LP - Thursdays 3-5pm Contact 020 7937 7965 firstname.lastname@example.org www.kiddikicks.co.uk Chelsea FC Football Club Football activities for children 6-14 years. After school coaching, nonresidential and residential soccer school, Saturday and Sunday morning clubs, advanced academies. 020 7957 8220 email@example.com www.chelseafc.com/soccerschools
Fulham Football Club Craven Cottage, SW6 6HH Fulham FC run a wide range of soccer courses for kids on Saturdays and during the school holidays for players of all abilities, providing a great way to learn new skills. 0870 442 5432 www.soccerschools.fulhamfc.com
GOLF Duke's Meadow Chiswick Dan Mason Drive W4 2SH 7-week golf courses covering all aspects of golf starting at beginner level, for all ages from 5 years upwards. The groups run on a 6:1 ratio with a cost of £80 for 7 weeks. 020 8994 3314 www.dukesmeadows.com
Wimbledon Park Golf Club Home Park Road SW19 7HR WPGC Junior Golf Academy is the ideal way for children aged 4-16 to learn to play golf and improve their game. The academy is a fun and safe environment providing Council run courses, holiday camps and individual tuition. School coaching and private parties also available. For more details call Dean Jeeves on 020 8946 4053 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 020 8946 1250 www.wpgc.co.uk / www.kidsukgolf.co.uk
GYMNASTICS The Little Gym Riverside West, Wandsworth SW18 1DB Confidence-building gymnastics for children up to 12 years. Come along and see how much fun you can have at the Little Gym. 020 8874 6567 www.thelittlegym.co.uk
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Central London Golf Centre Burntwood Lane SW17 0AT The Central London Golf Centre Junior Academy offers golf lessons, after school clubs and holiday camps to children 6-16 years. The ideal place for kids to get into golf and try the game for the first time. 020 8871 2468 www.clgc.co.uk Wimbledon Common Golf Club 19 Camp Road, Wimbledon SW19 4UW
BackFlip Performers Barnes, Fulham, Streatham and Wimbledon. An interactive gymnastic programme for children aged 2-12. Learn backflips, somersaults, cartwheels, handstands and more. Develops your child’s confidence, concentration, fitness and body awareness. 020 8940 7998 www.backflipperformers.com Mayfield Gymnastic Club SW17 For children 3-14yrs, teaching fundamental and exciting gymnastic skills on the vault, bars, beam, floor, tumble track and mini tramp. Registered by the British Gymnastic organisation. 020 8767 2094 www.mayfieldgymnastics.com
Tooting Gymnastics Club Tooting Leisure Centre, Greaves Place SW17 0NE Sessions run term time for girls and boys aged 3-16. All classes can cater for children with little or no experience as well as those who are more experienced, plus there are development and tumbling squads. 07703 599 558 www.tootinggymclub.co.uk TJ’s Gymnastics Club The Hall, Kohat Road, Wimbledon SW19 8LD Toddler, Mini Gym and Gymnastics classes with a clearly structured programmes for children, concentrating on the development of basic gymnastic skills, co-ordination, spatial awareness and mobility. Classes run Monday-Thursday during term time. 01252 702295 www.tjsgymclub.co.uk South West London Gymnastics Club 100 West Hill, Putney SW15 2UT Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday mornings for ages 3-18, beginners to advanced. Ratio approximately 1:7. Contact April on 07714 296 676 www.southwestlondongymnastics club.co.uk
HOCKEY Spencer Club Fieldview, Earlsfield, SW18 3HF Spencer Junior Hockey Club is an amateur not-for-profit sports club with over 350 members. Sessions are open to boys and girls from the ages of 5 to 16. www.spencerclub.org
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HORSE RIDING Hyde Park Stables 63 Bathurst Mews, W2 2SB Hyde Park Stables offers horse riding lessons all year round on horses and ponies chosen for their safe temperament. There are five miles of bridleways alongside the Serpentine Lake, plus two outdoor riding arenas for more formal horse riding lessons and dressage. From 5 years, no experience necessary. 020 7723 2813 www.hydeparkstables.com
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to ride a pony and become involved with all aspects of caring for ponies. 020 8946 7400 www.ridgwaystables.co.uk
Vauxhall City Farm Also holiday courses for ages 5+. Closed on Mondays. 020 8546 6361 www.kingstonridingcentre.com
Deen City Farm and Riding School 39 Windsor Avenue, Merton Abbey SW19 2RR A professional and friendly yard that welcomes riders at all levels, with private and group lessons. Plus pony rides, Own a Pony days and Pony Club. 020 8543 5300 www.deencityfarm.co.uk
Stag Lodge Stables Robin Hood Gate, Richmond Park SW15 Caters for children from the age of 3 on Shetland ponies. Private lessons, group lessons, pony courses during school holidays and Pony Club. Plus hacks through Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common, and birthday parties. Closed Mondays. 0208 974 6066 www.ridinginlondon.com
Ross Nye Stables 8 Bathurst Mews, London W2 2SB (Opposite Lancaster Gate tube station) For children aged 6+. Private lessons, group lessons, riding in Hyde Park and Pony Club. All children are encouraged to learn stable management and horse care. 020 7262 3791 www.rossnyestables.co.uk Dulwich Riding School Dulwich Common SE21 7EX Riding lessons every day for children, plus pony rides for under 6s. They also run birthday parties, jumping lessons and rides through Dulwich Park. 020 8693 2944 www.dulwichridingschool.co.uk
Vauxhall City Farm 165 Tyers Street, SE11 5HS Horse-riding lessons for all abilities from age 4. They offer both private and group sessions on their school ponies in the arena, plus Pony Club, BHS training and lots of internal events. 0207 582 4204 www.vauxhallcityfarm.org Wimbledon Village Stables 24 a/b High Street, Wimbledon SW19 5DX Specialises in horse and pony riding lessons for children. They also run a Kids Club and children’s holiday courses with riding lessons every day and fun pony games and quizzes. 020 8946 8579 www.wvstables.com
ICE HOCKEY Streatham Youth Ice Hockey Club Brixton Ice Arena, 49 Brixton Station Road SW9 8PQ A friendly club where all members play and enjoy themselves in the junior teams. They have teams in the Under-10, Under-12, Under14, Under-16 and Under-18 leagues of the English Ice Hockey Association. www.streatham icehockey.com
Queens Ice and Bowl 17 Queensway, Bayswater W2 4 QP Children’s group lessons from age 5, £65 per 6-week course including skate hire. Also family skating and children’s parties. Professional NISA coaches. 020 7229 0172 www.queensiceandbowl.co.uk For JUDO, JU-JITSU and KARATE, see our MARTIAL ARTS section in the next issue of Families.
LACROSSE Spencer Club Fieldview, Earlsfield, SW18 3HF Juniors under 18 years train on the Spencer astro field on Friday nights at 6.30-8pm. New players, both beginners and those who have played before, are welcome to join. Contact the junior coordinator, Peter Compton for details on 07714 340582, email@example.com www.spencerclub.org
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ICE SKATING Ridgway Stables Ridgway Stables 93 Ridgway, Wimbledon Village SW19 4SU Hacking on Wimbledon Common, Pony Club, private lessons, group lessons and holiday courses, plus 'Own A Pony’ days. A very popular Saturday Club runs 10am-12noon and 2-4pm. Children get the chance
Kingston Riding Centre 38 Crescent Road, Kingston-UponThames KT2 7RG Pony rides in Richmond Park, private and group lessons, plus Pony Club and stable management courses.
Planet Ice Rink Brixton Ice Arena, 49 Brixton Station Road SW9 8PQ Skating courses, skating parties and skating discos. Regular family skate sessions. 020 7737 5034 www.planet-ice.co.uk/ arena/Brixton Ice rink in Streatham opens 18th November.
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Say goodbye to being stressed
Turn it around:
How to help your child overcome stress, anxiety and depression
By Elisabeth Dolton
Although stress is not the same as depression, prolonged periods of stress can lead to depression, and about half of people diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. The earlier we can reach the children showing signs of stress the better we can help them.
Stressful lives? Considering our own increasingly stressful lives, it is no surprise to learn that our children are suffering from rising stress. Parents under pressure and overwhelmed with their jobs, affects the way they parent. Rising unemployment and financial problems associated with the economic downturn increases tension that children pick up on. Heavily orchestrated schedules of extra activities can also leave little free time for children to be children, and to relax.
Spotting the signs Stress or anxiety in children can be difficult to spot. Signs to look out for would include a low mood, unhappiness, tearfulness or irritability not related to anything specific. Sleeping problems, clingy behaviour, stomach aches and headaches are also signals. The main thing to look for is a change in behaviour. Trust your instinct. Erika Brodnock, one of the UK’s leading experts on the subject of raising happy, successful children says, “Don’t mistake your child’s behaviour for being naughty, when they may be feeling stressed and anxious.”
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You probably won’t be surprised to hear that stress, anxiety and depression in children is worryingly getting more prevalent. The Office of National Statistics has found that one in ten children now suffer from mental health problems, with children as young as five being treated for depression. With these shocking statistics, experts say it is going to become a major health problem in the future unless something is done now to tackle stress in children.
“Children need firm screen time rules”
As a parent, you can't protect your kids from the stresses of our modern world, but you can help them develop healthy ways to cope.
School and social life also create pressures that can feel overwhelming for children. NSPCC research recently found that academic worries were the biggest cause of stress for nearly 50% of children. With an increase in the number of tests, and the pressure on schools to perform in league tables, is it any surprise that studying comes top of the stress list? Other common sources of childhood stress such as bullying, sibling rivalry, peer pressure are all fairly normal parts of growing up, but because children now have less free time to relax these ordinary problems can become magnified and less easy for them to deal with.
Notice out loud. Tell your child when you notice that something's bothering them and name it, “Do you feel angry with what happened?” or “You must have felt worried about that.” Erika Brodnock explains this as “Notice, it, own it, tame it,” she continues, “once you can identify the emotion you can then manage it. Without this, things are significantly more difficult.” Explore and empower. Once they understand the feeling they have, explore together what to do. Simple techniques can make a world of difference and have a profound effect on the way they feel. When they start to feel stressed, encourage them to ask for help for example. Be you! Look at your own moods, behaviours and energy levels. “We can all put a smile on our face at the end of a bad day but when the energy
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isn’t there your child will notice” says Erika Brodnock, “parents need to learn to manage their moods too!” This is backed up by statistics that show 60-90% of what we learn is through nonverbal communication. If we want our children to manage their emotions effectively, we must model the behaviour we want them to embrace.
As a parent, it hurts to see your child unhappy or stressed, but resist the urge to fix every problem for them and instead, focus on helping your child grow into a problem-solver — who knows how to
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Exercise, a nature walk, dancing to music will all naturally release those ‘feel-good’ endorphins that help reduce stress. Eating well, drinking lots of water, a bedtime routine and set schedules so your child can rely on daily patterns, are all ways in which you can help. Erika Brodnock recommends a 15 minute ‘Golden Moment’ every day with your child, “this is an opportunity for the child to speak privately and confidentially with their parent, knowing they can say anything without criticism or complaint, which builds trust and strengthens bonds.” This goes a long way towards protecting a young person against developing depression.
roll with life's ups and downs, put feelings into words, calm down when needed, and bounce back to try again. By teaching healthy coping strategies, you'll prepare your kids to manage the stresses that come in the future.
• Many thanks go to Erika Brodnock who offered many insights and information in compiling this article. Erika Brodnock is one of the UK's leading experts on the subject of raising happy, confident children. She offers a wealth of knowledge and practical advice and has even produced an eBook which she is happy to offer free of charge for parents looking for useful and practical information and techniques. Erika will also be launching some highly innovative new toys later in the year, which can help children develop their self-esteem and confidence through play. For more information go to www.karismakidz.co.uk
“Excessive time using screen-based devices is associated with attention problems, low mood and some psychological disorders”. Leading child psychologist, Linda Blair
Building emotional intelligence How do you feel? How do we improve our feelings? Explore the Gratitude Gardens, Love Lane and Angry Alley at www.karismakidz.co.uk, a unique online site for families full of tips, tools and news on helping children manage their emotions Help reduce stress and anxiety for children with special needs Schedule exercise to get rid of some of the stress Get to know your child’s likes and dislikes - cater to them, not what the book says Encourage friendships, then ensure a good night’s sleep Lever their independence - give them the chance to do more themselves, let them participate and make decisions Prepare for gatherings, then plan in some downtime Don’t rush, and use relaxation techniques Last, but certainly not least...take care of yourself Additional information can be obtained from: • www.karismakidz.co.uk • www.kidshealth.org • www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression • www.adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/children/anxiety-and-depression • www.empoweringparents.com
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A craft workshop at home By Diane Harvey-White
This year, why not get into the Christmas spirit by making some gifts at home with the children? They’ll be so excited as you spend time planning what you want to make for your family and friends. This step-by-step guide to making felt napkin rings will get you started on a project that is quick, fun and provides the starting point for embellishing the finished product any way you want.
Measure the strips Measure your fabric and mark with the air erasable pen (so brilliant, the colour disappears a few hours after use) strips 40cm long by 5cm wide. Cut as many as you need for the gifts you want to make. With your sharp scissors – so maybe best for the adults to do this – cut along the marked lines to create your strips. Take care to keep the lines as straight as possible.
You will need • Wool felt or flannel fabric 50cm to 1 metre • Tape measure • Sharp scissors • Pinking Shears • Air Erasable pen • Bond-a-Web
• Embroidery cotton or silk – or woolen yarn • A selection of: • Lace and Trim scraps • Sequins • Beads and Buttons • Floral fabric
Pinking the edges Fold the strips in half so that they open like a book. Allow the bottom edge to sit about 1cm forward of the top edge. With the air erasable pen, mark the fold line and using your pinking shears cut the outside edge of the top piece up to the fold line. Do this on the other side and then finally on the narrow edge taking care to keep this straight.
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Home crafts Decorating the napkin rings
Using bondaweb and stitching layers together
Decide what style of decoration you would like to use: applique, cross stitch or embroidered motifs are good starting points, but you can let your imagination take flight and stitch initials or names, apply sequins or even tinsel or old Christmas Cracker favours, anything that can be attached with Bond-a-Web or by stitching in place. When using applique, cut a piece of Bond-a-Web the same size as the item being attached. Place the B-a-W between the felt and the item to be attached and cover with a smooth tea towel, then iron until the web has fused.
When you have finished with your chosen embellishments, cut a piece of Bond-a-Web slightly shorter than the strip and place it between the top and bottom layers. Cover with a smooth tea towel and iron until fused. This covers all the stitch work and untidiness of the area you’ve been working on. Next decide if you want to machine stitch or hand stitch a border around the edges of the napkin rings. I used a combination of both for my set. To hand stitch, use a running stitch and then go back over it in the opposite direct to fill in the gaps that way there will be no messy back stitches.
Apply the beads in any pattern that you wish – I used it to outline some vintage lace or use back stitch to embroider the names of your recipients.
Finishing the napkin
Ready to be wrapped Happy Christmas
Creating the ring Decide which style of button you want to use on each napkin ring to fasten it and bring the front edge over the fold until you have enough overlap to make a strong join of the two ends. Place the button on the top and starting with the needle between the two layers – so that the knot is hidden – stitch through all layers to secure the button. Use a contrast colour if you wish.
•Diane Harvey-White – local mum and designer. Founder of Sew-Easy Costumes (sew-easycostumes.co.uk) and creator of the blog Putting the Love In. puttingthelovein.wordpress.com
Supporting your left-handed child By Sarah Butters, editor, Families Leeds
One in 10 children are left handed, but many fail to get the support they need in the early years of their education. Experts say teachers aren’t given the proper training and schools don’t have the right resources. Sarah is mum to a left-handed daughter. She takes a look at some of the most common problems faced by left-handers and some tips for helping them out.
YOU can make a difference Keith Milsom campaigns for better support of left handed children in our schools and offers some advice about what to expect from your child’s school. “Despite decades of campaigning and a string of promises from government ministers and teacher training authorities, there is still virtually no guidance provided to teachers on helping left-handed children and no process for identifying left-handers in schools.
Messy handwriting If you have a child who is left handed, chances are they haven’t been taught to write. Most are simply allowed to use their left hand. As the right handed parent of a left handed child I admit to having that same attitude. I now know that I was completely wrong. Left handers push the pen across the page, whereas their right handed friends will pull. This can lead to smudging and untidy work, which in turn leads to anxiety on the part of the child. At an early stage a left handed child should be encouraged to master the correct handwriting position and paper placement to avoid problems as the writing assignments increase. The paper should be rotated to 45 degrees with the hand and wrist below the writing. Any pen needs to be held in a strong 3 point grip. In Early Years this can be supported with a triangular bodied pencil or a moulded grip around a regular pencil. If your child can get into good habits from the start of their school life, they will avoid problems when they graduate to a fountain pen and longer writing assignments.
Hook grip Some left handers use a hooked grip to avoid the problem of smudging, and angle the pen in the same way a right hander would. This causes more problems than it solves. The hook grip becomes more uncomfortable the more you write. It leads to an overtight grip and aching hands which in turn lead to messy handwriting. The
wrist should always be below the writing line. If your child is developing a hook grip, consider introducing a sloped surface to resolve the problem.
Elbow collision At some point your child will have to share a desk and if they’re left handed this can be a problem. “I always end up banging elbows” explains my 9 year old daughter. “That makes my writing messy.” You child should always be placed at the left hand side of a shared desk or next to another left hander. This gives them plenty of space to get their paper positioned correctly and avoid knocking elbows with a right handed neighbour.
Make sure you talk to your child's teacher to make sure they know that he/she is left-handed and may need assistance and advice. Ask your child’s teacher to talk YOU through the support they’re going to give it so you can be sure they really understand. If you’re concerned, refer them to the teacher guidance sheets available from www.anythinglefthanded.co.uk. The school should have left-handed scissors available and pens that will help left-handers write in the correct style. If children are left to their own devices it is very unlikely they will find writing and cutting out easy. Apart from the practical difficulties this can mean they are working more slowly than the rest of the class and lose some of confidence - especially if the teacher tells them off for "not doing it right". Lefthanders can end up underperforming at school and having difficulty with written exams as a result of a lack of informed guidance at an early stage. It’s important parents keep the pressure on schools to support their left handed children.” Useful resources www.anythingleft-handed.co.uk has some great left handed guidance sheets for parents and teachers. It’s also a super source of left handed equipment. www.lefthandedchildren.org another great website with some top tips for parents looking to support their left handed child.
They’re a teacher’s best friend but a left handers’ worst nightmare. White boards and chalk boards are a great learning tool in the modern classroom - pupils can get rid of mistakes easily without using endless pieces of paper. However, if you’re left handed you can end up erasing as you write. Good grip and placement of the board gives left handers half a chance. However if your child isn’t completing white board work quickly or neatly enough, it may not be their fault.
I remember being hugely concerned when I discovered that my daughter had completed a Reception assignment using mirror writing. She had begun her words on the right hand side of the page and written from right to left. It’s common in left handed children and when you think about it, it makes Cont. p.21
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Education sense. If they are sat next to a right hander, they are simply mirroring their work. Encourage them to start on the left hand side of the page by placing a coloured star in the margin as a reminder.
Computers Most ICT rooms are set up with the computer mice on the right hand side of the keyboard. This gives left handed children an automatic disadvantage because they either need to move the mouse or attempt or use their right hand. Don’t presume the teacher knows your child is left handed. Be sure to let all the staff involved with your child know they’re a left hander and will need a different workstation set up.
The 'right' equipment Many left handed children learn the basics with the wrong equipment. Give a left handed child some right handed scissors and they'll find the blade is upside down and so they can't see the line they are cutting. It means the child has less control and think of themselves as messy. This can be a real problem in the Early Years. Check your school has left handed scissors to offer your child. Ambidextrous scissors don't exist - trust me!
As they progress to writing, shiny barreled pens are to be avoided. Make sure whatever pen you choose has a good grip so it's easy to hold even when hands get hot and tired. Pencil grips, left handed fountain pens and Yoropen ballpoints make life a lot easier.
Lack of understanding As a right hander, I never appreciated the challenges faced by my daughter. Until she mastered left handed writing, she was labeled untidy in her written work and lost enthusiasm for putting pen to paper. It wasn’t until I began researching this piece that I realise how much of her attitude is linked to the hand she writes with. The bad news is she’s had a more challenging time than her right handed pals. The good news is she’s in good company. Barack Obama, Leonardo Da Vinci and Bill Gates are all lefties. Now that’s not a bad club to be in!
Has England got it wrong? By Joanna Parry
Here in England our students are used to a selective, vigorous education. We specialise in subjects at an early age. Our courses are test-driven, our exams rigorous and getting more so, and subjects such as music, drama and sport have been all but squeezed out. But have we got it all wrong? As education minister Michael Gove announces measures to make the exams taken by students in England even more demanding, look across the border and we can see that education in Scotland is run very differently. There, students take a curriculum in which national exams for 16-year-olds have been abolished. While schools in England encourage students to specialise, Scottish schools traditionally aim for a greater breadth of knowledge. Their secondary education lasts six years, ending with a single set of national exams, and their university degree programs last four years, compared with only three in England and Wales. In a nutshell, Scottish schools focus on more than just tests. “When the Scottish Parliament came into being in 1999, we realised our schools were not performing as well as they should,” said the Scottish education minister, Michael Russell. “Our students were overexamined, our schools overinspected and the
curriculum was too divided up and too shallow.” So Scotland introduced the Curriculum for Excellence, paying more attention to how subjects were taught. Starting with kindergarten, the curriculum has progressed through the system one year at a time and has just reached the 16-year-olds who, until this year, would have taken Standard Grade exams. Students still take exams in as many as 15 subjects but those are pass/fail and set by their teachers. “I don’t believe for a minute that Curriculum for Excellence is touchy-feely or that we are watering down standards,” said Gordon Moulsdale, head teacher at Bishopbriggs Academy near Glasgow. “It used to be that only students who did well on exams were thought of as the smart ones. But we’ve learned that there are different kinds of intelligence.” The changes mean a slightly longer school week, and more time for music, drama, sports and community service: precisely the areas that have been squeezed in England by the need to prepare students for so many exams. It is clear that in Scotland there is no appetite for the selective, competitive and test-driven approach being promoted by Michael Gove in England, and it looks like the experiment is succeeding. So should England take note? Let us know what you think...
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Bullying How to help your child cope Sadly, in spite of lots of publicity and much greater awareness of the problem, (especially in schools), bullying is on the increase. Wendy Bollen has worked as a counselling psychologist in schools with many hundreds of children and young people and by far the most common problem is being bullied. She has written an e-book with advice on how deal with the problem in a different way.
Here are Wendy’s top five tips on how to deal with bullies:
This November anti-bullying week is being held from 18-22 November and whilst it is great to raise awareness about the problem, what children really need is practical help and advice on how to deal with bullies. Better without bullying'. Wendy has done a lot of research into the causes and effects of bullying and delivers training to schools on the most effective ways to tackle this problem. She realised that the advice usually given by teachers didn’t work. Pupils are often told to ignore unkind comments, but that often leads to increased attempts by bullies to upset their victim. Based on her own experiences and those of the young people she works with Wendy has come up with a rather different approach which empowers pupils by teaching them how to stand up to a bully. “Most children don’t want to involve a teacher, but they do want to do something. I teach kids strategies to help them stand up for themselves by using assertive body language and practicing smart replies. If you can show a bully that you really don’t care that they’ve said something horrid and even better, say something funny back to them it takes the wind out of their sails,” explains Wendy.
• Look confident; stand up straight and look them in the eye if they say something to you. If you look scared a bully is much more likely to pick on you. • Stay calm and practice slow breathing. If you feel less anxious you’ll look more confident. • Even if you feel upset, don’t show it until you are out of sight. Bullies enjoy seeing their victims upset, so by letting them see you upset you are rewarding them and they are likely to continue. • Likewise don’t let them see you’re angry- the aim is to show bullies that you’re really not bothered by what they say. • Use humour- a witty retort is unexpected and shows bullies that you are confident and don’t care what they say to you. In fact, you think it’s funny.
Standing up to bullies is important says Wendy, especially with a smart retort. “An example would be to say, “ I’m flattered that you spend so much of your time thinking about me!” or “I’m sorry, I’m busy right now, can I ignore you later?” Wendy stresses that how you say it is just as important as what you say. “ Stand straight, look them straight in the eye, say it clearly with a smile and then quickly walk away. Don’t hang around waiting for them to say something else.” She also emphasises that there are some things to avoid saying. “Never say anything about someone’s mum! This is likely to escalate the situation.”
Based on her work with pupils, Wendy has written a self-help book for youngsters on how to beat the bullies. The Little Book Of Retorts is set out in sections, which include information on the reasons behind bullying, why people become victims and techniques for dealing with fear and anxiety. Importantly Wendy emphasises that children don’t have to have experienced bullying in order to benefit from the book. “Prevention is far better than cure and if children appear confident and untroubled by insults they are unlikely to become a victim.” The book is suitable for kids aged from ten up to sixteen, ideal when starting secondary education. Costing only £1.91 it is available as an ebook from Amazon Kindle, ibookstores, Sony and Apple but can also be purchased in PDF format from the website. www.thelittlebookofretorts.com Other useful websites: www.bullying.co.uk www.beatbullying.org www.bbc.co.uk/schools/parents/bullying/ www.antibullyingweek.co.uk Look out for by Jennifer Anzin's animated antibullying videos on You-tube. (http://bit.ly/1bPcxLl) They will help children learn strategies to teach self-regulation, anger management and advocacy skills to facilitate anti-bullying behaviours. Children as young as two-three years of age can imitate basic yoga poses, use calming techniques (roll shoulders, deep breath, count to five on their fingers, etc.) and learn language to stop bullying through song, story and video. The animated videos can be paired with the anti-bullying book series available on amazon.
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Dawmouse Montessori Nursery Schools WWW.DAWMOUSE.COM There are now two established Montessori Nursery schools in Fulham bearing the Dawmouse name. The original Dawmouse Brunswick in Haldane Road, SW6 7EU and Dawmouse St Peter’s at St Peter’s Terrace, SW6 7JS. Both schools offer a wide range of Montessori equipment and have outdoor play areas. They will offer a safe, stimulating and active environment in which children can have fun and achieve. The broad curriculum covers all areas of the Early Learning Goals and includes science, drama, cookery and music lessons. Project work will give the children scope for creative development as well as an increased understanding of their world. We insist on our staff being Montessori trained teachers. For a prospectus and a visit to view the schools please contact : www.dawmouse.com or speak with Miss Emma 020 7381 9385
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The Winter The Tomten The Smelly Astrid Lindgren, illustrated by Sleepwalker ByHarald Wiberg Sprout Published by Floris Books By Allan Plenderleith and other RRP £10.99 Published by Ravette Publishing Hardback RRP £5.99 stories ISBN 9780863151538 Hardback By Joan Aiken, illustrated by Quentin Blake Published by Jonathan Cape RRP £12.99 Hardback ISBN 9780857-550484 A fabulous collection of eight stories in the fairy tale tradition with modern twists and satisfying endings. We relished the nasty witch in ‘Blazing Shadows’ reaping her well-deserved fate and the treacherous village folk in ‘Furious Hill’ who would surely pay for their actions. Add in for good measure some missing mothers, metamorphosis into a snake, plenty of royalty and sleepwalking bear and the result is a well rounded collection of intriguing stories perfect to curl up with during the long winter evenings. A great book to share for 9 – 11 year olds.
While everyone sleeps through the deep winter snow, the mysterious Tomten silently checks on the animals in the farm, reassuring them in a ‘silent little language’ of the summers to come. The people have only ever seen the small footprints he leaves in the snow. Adapted from a poem by Viktor Rydberg, Pippi Longstocking author Astrid Lindgren writes evocatively of long cold winters and the benevolent guardianship of the Tomten. A lovely, feelgood picture book with traditionally styled illustrations that show the Tomten as a genial gnomelike figure. Delightful! Families Rating: 5 out of 6
ISBN 9781841613222 A poor little sprout is abandoned on Christmas day. First he isn’t wanted for the Christmas dinner and is thrown into the snow. Next a Christmas tree rejects him then even a noseless snowman doesn’t want him. Will he ever find a warm welcoming home? This little picture book is very funny and you can’t help feeling sorry for the little sprout they all call smelly. Perfect for popping into a stocking, whether you like sprouts or not; also look out for ‘The Christmas Carrot’ with the opposite problem! Families Rating: 5 out of 6
Christmas Stories By Michael Morpurgo Published by Egmont RRP £9.99 Softback ISBN 9781405268950 Four beautifully told Christmas stories from Morpurgo, vividly brought to life by award-winning illustrators. Charlie loves the farm but doesn’t want Gertrude the Goose to be his Christmas lunch. Next we are plunged into the world of a desperately sad princess who needs a miracle. Third is a poignant re-imagining of a Christmas in the first world war trenches and finally a retelling of Jesus’s birth from a young shepherd’s perspective complete with empathetic Angel Gabriel. Families Rating: 6 out of 6
Families Rating: 6 out of 6
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Little Tomte’s Christmas Wish
Silver Bells & Cockle Shells
By Inkeri Karvonen and Hannu Taina Published by Floris Books RRP £10.99 Hardback ISBN 9781782500162
Illustrated Classic Nursery Rhymes Illustrated by Henriette Willebeek Le Maire Published by Floris Books RRP £12.99 Hardback ISBN 978-178250-005-6
Little Tomte has a very special tree outside his house, and the tree is full of changing surprises over the seasons. In winter, snow gathers on the branches and it is at this time that Little Tomte begins to wait for Christmas by singing songs and baking, but the carols don’t sound right on his own and he doesn’t have the things he needs for the pastries and porridge. Then Tomte has an idea... he begins making candles and hanging them on his special tree, and then watches as the real spirit of Christmas comes to life. A beautiful story that leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy, perfect for the season! Families Rating: 6 out of 6
Ever started singing your children their favourite nursery rhyme but then ended up humming it because you don’t remember the words? This beautiful vintage book should help! The watercolour illustrations are graceful and elegant and each complements the rhyme perfectly. With thirty full-version classic nursery rhymes including all-time favourites such as Jack and Jill as well as other not-so-common ones, this book is a perfect gift for a baby or young child. Families Rating: 4 out of 6
A Star to Guide Me Illustrated Prayers for Children Illustrated by Ruthild BuschSchumann Published by Floris Books RRP £6.99 Hardback ISBN 978-178250-004-9 A Star to Guide Me is a collection of prayers for children. It is comprised of traditional prayers (unless otherwise stated); these have been simplified and rephrased to make them accessible for children and are accompanied by beautiful illustrations by Ruthild Busch-Schumann, a popular illustrator of children’s books. It makes an ideal first prayer book for young hearts and minds to be used throughout the day and at bedtime. If you are looking for a meaningful gift for that special child in your life then this is a great choice. Families Rating: 5 out of 6
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Barbican Centre, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS 0845 120 7511 barbican.org.uk/theatre 22 December. Sleeping Beauty – Cursed at birth by the evil fairy Carabosse, Princess Aurora descends into a deep slumber on the day of her 16th birthday. Only the kiss of a prince will awaken her. 3pm, £18
Catford SE6 4RU 020 8690 0002 broadwaytheatre.org.uk 13-31 December. Sleeping Beauty It's time to spin some dreams this Christmas with the premier pantomime production of the girl who pricks her finger and falls asleep for one hundred years before true loves kiss awakens her and all in the kingdom of Catford.
High Street, Bromley, Kent BR1 1HA 0844 871 7620 atgtickets.com/venues/the-churchilltheatre-bromley 29 November – 5 January. Cinderella With spectacular sets and costumes, ugly sisters and stepmother to boo and hiss at, Cinderella is fantastic seasonal fun for everyone aged 3 to 103! £15.90 - £34.90
Colour House Theatre
Battersea Arts Centre Lavender Hill, Battersea SW11 5TN 020 7223 2223 bac.org.uk 6 December – 4 January. The Good Neighbour There are long-forgotten mysteries lurking behind every creaking door of Battersea’s old Town Hall. Cobwebs cling to hidden doorways and secret passages, and from these old and dusty places an adventure is waiting to burst out and take over the building. Age 6+, £12-£19.50
Bloomsbury Theatre 15 Gordon Street WC1H 0AH 020 7388 8822 thebloomsbury.com 10 December - 11 January. Snow Play What would you do if one year Winter decided to stay and moved into your house? That’s what happens in this snowy spectacular show where you are guaranteed a white Christmas, no matter what the weather or the time of year. £10-£15
7 World's End Place SW10 0DR 020 7352 1967 chelseatheatre.org.uk 4-22 December. The Ballad of Rudy A new Christmas show specially made for children aged 3 and above. In this story Rudy doesn’t have a red nose; rather it’s his talent for new and exciting music that sets him apart from all the other Reindeers. £8
Merton Abbey Mills, Merantun Way SW19 2RD 020 8542 5511/ 07944 868385 colourhousetheatre.co.uk 23 November – 26 January. Cinderella Will Pinocchio find his way home and become a real boy? Come and enjoy this fabulous musical production of the famous classic Pinocchio. £8-£10
Kensington and Chelsea
Chelsea Theatre, 7 Worlds Ends Place SW10 0DR chickenshed.org.uk 30 November. Christmas Tales Children’s Christmas Show Christmas Tales is a fun and festive celebration that takes the very best of Chickenshed’s wonderful Tales from the Shed shows and then sprinkles it with new, magical and larger-than-life characters. 10am & 11.30am / £8, free to babies under 6 months
Croom's Hill SE10 8ES 020 8858 7755 greenwichtheatre.org.uk 21 November – 5 January. Puss in Boots The classic tale of a poor young man whose fortunes are transformed with the help of a magical talking cat is brought to spectacular life in our latest pantomime extravaganza - but can Puss really outwit the evil goblin and survive with any of his nine lives intact...? £19-£27
Lyric Hammersmith Lyric Square, King Street W6 0QL 020 8741 6850 lyric.co.uk 22 November – 4 January. Father Christmas Following last year's sell-out success, Raymond Briggs’ famous Christmas story returns to the Lyric for 2013. Under 6s £8-£10
New Wimbledon Theatre The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1QG 0844 871 7646 atgtickets.com/venues/new-wimbledontheatre 6 December -12 January. Aladdin Take a magical carpet ride to the Far East in this year's panto spectacular. Rub the magic lamp, enter the cave of wonders and be transported to this fun fairytale world. With Jo Brand. £11.90-£37.50
Peacock Theatre Portugal Street WC2A 2HT 020 7863 8198 sadlerswells.com 27 November – 5 January. The Snowman When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure, meeting penguins, reindeer and naturally, Father Christmas. Age 2+, £12-£32
269a Archway Road N6 5AA 020 8341 4421 jacksonslane.org.uk 30 November – 1 December. One Snowy Night An adorable adaptation of Nick Butterworth’s multi-million selling book A Tale from Percy’s Park – One Snowy Night. A snuggly, heart-warming story with songs to sing along to, furry puppet friends to meet and blankets to be tucked in. Ages 3+ 7 December – 3 January. The Hare and the Tortoise Following the huge success of last year’s The Elves and the Shoemaker, the harebrained Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company return to Jacksons Lane with an up-to-date, brand new take on this world famous fable. £10.95-£10.95
The Green, Richmond TW9 1QJ 0844 871 7651 atgtickets.com/Richmond 6 December – 12 January. Peter Pan Join Peter, Wendy and the Lost Boys as they take on the villainous Captain Hook and his band of pirates. Enter a fairytale world that will captivate the young and the young at heart, where all your Christmas wishes will come true. £11.90£40.40
Little Angel Theatre 14 Dagmar Passage, Cross Street N1 2DN 020 7226 1787 littleangeltheatre.com 16 November – 15 January. The Night Before Christmas Inspired by Clement Clarke Moore’s classic poem of the same name, The Night Before Christmas is a musical puppet fantasy that tells the story of a Christmas wish that comes true – with neardisastrous consequences. Age 3+, £10-£14
London Coliseum St. Martin's Lane, Charing Cross WC2N 4ES 0871 911 0200 ballet.org.uk 11 December – 5 January. The Nutcracker Journey back in time to a frost-covered, gas-lit London and join Clara, her Nutcracker and the magician
Drosselmeyer in this traditional festive tale for all the family. £10-£79
Rose Theatre 24-26 High Street, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HL 0844 482 1556 rosetheatrekingston.org 29 November – 5 January. The Snow Gorilla Join Sunny on the adventure of a lifetime and experience African Acrobats, Spanish Flamenco dancers, jugglers, contortionists and death defying aerialists in a land of sawdust and dreams. £9-£28
Roundhouse Chalk Farm Road NW1 8EH 0844 482 8008 roundhouse.org.uk 10 December – 5 January. My Brother the Robot Once upon a time in the future a little girl called Bobbie lives with her inventor dad in a house filled with technology. Bobbie has everything she needs – except someone to play with. Age 4+, £8-£10
Royal Court Theatre Sloane Square SW1W 8AS 020 7565 5000 royalcourttheatre.com
21 November - 21 December. Gastrobauts A theatre adventure with food and music. Age 14+, £30
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St James’ Theatre is ordered and white. But high up in the trees, all is not white. Colour appears. First red... Then yellow... Then blue... Age 2-4, £6-£12 17-31 December. Folds Suspend reality and watch four brilliant acrobat-musicians tumble through a madcap world of paper. £18
Royal Opera House Covent Garden WC2E 9DD 020 7304 4000 roh.org.uk 4 December - 16 January. The Nutcracker A young girl's enchanted present leads her on a wonderful adventure in this classic ballet, accompanied by Tchaikovsky's glittering score. 5yrs+, £6-£112 3 December – 4 January. How the Whale became Ted Hughes’s magical stories are transformed into a captivating new Royal Opera commission by Julian Philips and Edward Kemp. Age 5+, £7-£25
Southwark Playhouse Shipwright Yard, Corner of Tooley Street and Bermondsey Street SE1 2TF 020 7407 0234 southwarkplayhouse.co.uk 6 December – 11 January. Jack and the Beanstalk Journey with Jack through a raucous world of magical beans, milk squirting cows, tap dancing mice and, of course, giants! Age 7+, £10-£16
Sadler’s Wells Rosebery Avenue EC1R 0844 412 4300 sadlerswells.com 4 December – 26 January. Mattew Bourne’s Swan Lake Now firmly established as a modern day classic, this iconic production is perhaps best-known for replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble. £32-£60 20 December – 5 January. Boing! An energetic and enchanting piece of children’s dance theatre that captures the delirious excitement of waiting for Father Christmas to arrive on the most magical night of the year. Age 3+, in Lilian Baylis Studio, £7-£12
St James’ Theatre 12 Palace Street SW1E 5JA 0844 264 2140 stjamestheatre.co.uk 10 December - 5 January. The Snail and the Whale A tiny snail longs to see the world, so she hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale. But when the whale gets beached, how will the snail save him? Age 4+, £16-£18
Unicorn Theatre 147 Tooley Street, Southwark SE1 2HZ 020 7645 0500 unicorntheatre.com 26 November – 5 January. Cinderella: A Fairy Tale A dazzlingly original take on one of the best-loved fairytales of all time. £15-£22
Shaw Theatre 100-110 Euston Road NW1 2AJ 0844 248 5075 shaw-theatre.com 13-31 December. Cinderella With a top-quality West End cast, live band, stunning sets, glittering costumes, and plenty of audience participation, Cinderella promises to be the most spectacular pantomime ever. £19.50
Southbank Centre Belvedere Road SE1 8PX 020 7960 4200 / 0844 847 9944 southbankcentre.co.uk 17 December – 6 January. Slava’s Snowshow This Christmas experience a joyous dreamlike world, unlike anything you have seen before. A world in which a cobweb envelops the audience and one tiny piece of paper begins a heart-stopping blizzard of snow. Age 8+, £20-£65 18 December – 4 January. White In the sparkling world of White, everything
3-29 December. ‘ Twas the night before Christmas This Christmas, leave your shoes and slippers by the fireplace and settle down to hear one man’s story about the night he met a certain twinkly eyed, round-bellied chap! £10-£16
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Theatre Ambassadors Theatre West Street WC2H 9ND www.theambassadorstheatre.co.uk Stomp. Celebrating its 10th sensational year in London, Stomp is now fresher, faster and funnier than ever before. 3pm and 8pm, £26-£52.50
Arts Theatre WC2H 7JB artstheatrewestend.co.uk Seussical the Musical Join The Cat in the Hat as he takes you on a journey into the fantastical, bombastical and songtastical world of Dr Seuss. £22.50-£25 30 November – 5 January Dickens Abridged The brainchild of Adam Long, a founding member of The Reduced Shakespeare Company, this is a high-speed comic journey through Dickens' Greatest Hits in just ninety minutes. £20-£39.50 27 November – 5 January
Arts Depot 5 Nether Street N12 0GA artsdepot.co.uk Mazymeg and the Honey Bees Albert lives alone with his beloved honey bees on Dartmoor, a mysterious land where nothing is as it seems. 12pm and 3pm, £7 10 November Monkey Bars Award-winning writer Chris Goode asked 40 children between the ages of eight and ten to talk about their lives. About being scared, getting lost, being brave, growing up. About the adult world that surrounds and awaits them. About family and faith and their favourite sweets. 7.30pm, £12/£14 11-12 November Comedy Club 4 Kids Otter-ly incredible! Cracking entertainment for everyone over the age of six, Comedy Club 4 Kids stars the best comedians doing what they do best... but without the rude bits! 12pm and 3pm, £7 17 November The Magical Playroom with CBeebies' Cerrie Burnell Cerrie plays Liberty Rose, or Libby to her friends. She dreams of becoming a ballerina like her mum before her. But when she's told to wear a false arm for dancing lessons, Libby rebels, seeking escape in her favourite playroom. 12.30pm, £10 24 November The Night Before Christmas On the night before Christmas, Emily waits excitedly for the morning, while in the corner a little mouse called Eddie can't understand why only humans are allowed to get presents. 12pm and 3pm, £9 30 November – 1 December
The Barbican Theatre EC2Y 8DS barbican.org.uk Framed Film Festival 2013 The Barbican’s annual showcase of the best international cinema for a new generation of film fans is back with a fantastic mix of screenings and workshops aimed at both under 12s and teenagers.
From 16 November to 24 November Pop Art Design Pop Art Design brings together around 200 works, by over 70 artists and designers, including iconic and lesser known works by such artists as Peter Blake, Judy Chicago, Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. From 01 November The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean In her laboratory, scrapologist Patricia Baker looks after old scrapbooks: she pours over pages filled with all sorts of things that have been flattened and squashed, in order to find out who they belonged to. 11am, 2pm, 5pm / £8.50 From 29 October to 05 November
The Battersea Arts Centre Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN www.bac.org.uk A Borrowers Tale: The Great Escape Explorers aged 6 – 11 are needed to join a secret agency and take part in a mission, using their super sleuth skills to uncover evidence for the existence of Borrowers (the small people who live under the floorboards). 11am, 3pm, 7pm / £12, £9 concs From 30 October to 03 November
Cambridge Theatre Seven Dials, 32-34 Earlham Street WC2H 9HU 0844 412 4652/0844 800 1110 www.matildathemusical.com Matilda the musical The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Roald Dahl’s magical story about a girl with extraordinary powers. £30£85 Booking to December 2014.
costumes and crystal clear story-telling draw you into the magical world of classical ballet, and make it accessible to all. 2.30pm & 4.30pm / £8-9 23 November
Little Angel Theatre N1 2DN littleangeltheatre.com Macbeth After a heart-stopping encounter with three witches and some twisted persuasion from his wife, Scottish general Macbeth is moved to snatch the crown from King Duncan. £12/£14 5 October – 10 November Dogs don’t do ballet Biff is not like ordinary dogs. He likes moonlight. And music. And walking on his tiptoes. You see, Biff thinks he's a ballerina… Age 2-6, £10-312 11 December – 2 February
Duchess Theatre Catherine Street WC2B 5LA www.duchesstheatre.co.uk/The-Wind-In-TheWillows The Wind in the Willows Will Tuckett's production brings all the magic of Kenneth Grahame's classic tale to the stage. £15-£50 11 December – 1 February
Garrick Theatre 2 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0HH 0844 482 9673 nimaxtheatres.com/garrick-theatre To 5 January. Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain. Part 2 We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! From £12.50
Half Moon Young People’s Theatre
The Colour House Theatre Watermill Way SW19 2RD www.colourhousetheatre.co.uk Pinocchio A wonderful musical show for all the family
43 White Horse Road E1 0ND 020 7709 8900 www.halfmoon.org.uk 21 December. 1, 2, 3 Little Pigs It’s a dangerous world out there, and if you’re a little pig it’s even worse, particularly if you’ve just left home and there’s a big hungry Wolf looking for you…11am and 2pm, £6
The London Palladium Argyll Street W1F 7TF www.royalalberthall.com The Nutcracker on Ice International ice dance sensation The Imperial Ice Stars take to a specially frozen London Palladium stage for the West End premiere of a dazzling new production. 7.30pm / £21.00 - £76.00 24 October to 03 November The Amazing Bubble Man Louis Pearl’s non-verbal show gives you bubbles within bubbles, kids inside bubbles, bubbles stacked on your head, and towers of bubbles. A show that engages kids in the science of bubbles. Age 5+, £15-£26 12 December - 4 January
The Lyric Hammersmith 2.00pm & 4.00pm / £10.00 / Concessions & Children £8.00 Every Sat, Sun from 01 November to 10 November
The Chelsea Theatre 7 World's End Place, Kings Road SW10 0DR www.chelseatheatre.org.uk The Princess and the Frog This beautiful new ballet by Let’s All Dance combines all the ingredients to charm audiences young and old. An original score, gorgeous
Lyric Square, Kings Street W6 0QL www.lyric.co.uk Blast Off! The Noisy Animals Band are about to blast off on a mission into outer space. Will they ever make it back down to Earth? 11am, 1pm & 3pm | 50 mins 9 November Jack and the Beanstalk Featuring the return of Lyric regular Steven Webb, and welcoming award-winning playwright Tom Wells and director Dan Herd. 23 November – 4 January
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Lyric Theatre W1D 7ES nimaxtheatres.com/lyric-theatre Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep dark wood in the search for hazelnuts as she meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake, and outwits them all with the story of the fabled Gruffalo. 20 November – 12 January
The Polka Theatre
The Polka Theatre The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1SB polkatheatre.com Alice's Adventures in Wonderland When Alice falls down a mysterious rabbit hole she stumbles upon a magical fantasy world where anything can happen... All ages, £10-£16 22 November – 15 February Gorilla Hannah loves gorillas, but she’s never seen a real one. It’s the night before her birthday and something amazing is about to happen... Tickets £8 - £10 16 October – 15 February
TW9 1QJ atgtickets.com/Richmond The Butterfly Lion Follow the adventures of Bertie and the White Lion as they strive to find sanctuary amongst devastating adversity. £10-£25 4-9 November
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Puppet Theatre Barge Little Venice, Blomfield Road W9 2PF www.puppetbarge.com The Hare and the Tortoise and other tales from Aesop These well-known fables from Aesop’s famous collection are brought to life with drama and humour. Staged with beautiful lighting and carved marionettes. For ages 3+, 3pm, £10/£8.50 28 October – 2 November Mr Rabbit Meets Brer Santa Staged with beautiful lighting and carved marionettes. Suitable for everyone down to 3 years old. For ages 3+, £10/£8.50 23 November – 12 January
Orange Tree Theatre 1 Clarence Street, Richmond TW9 2SA 020 8940 3633 orangetreetheatre.co.uk 23 October – 3 January. Middle March Trilogy Three separate plays, each complete in themselves, are brought to life in Geoffrey Beevers’ adaptation of George Eliot’s great novel. £12.50-£22
Putney Arts Theatre Ravenna Road, Putney SW15 6AW putneyartstheatre.org.uk Equus When seventeen-year old Alan Strang savagely blinds six horses, a psychiatrist is forced to confront his own demons as the terrible motive behind the boy’s action is laid bare. 7.45pm
5–9 November G64’s Young Directors Two talented members will be directing their peers in a double bill of challenging scripts. 7.45pm 21–23 November
National Theatre SE1 9PX nationaltheatre.org.uk The Light Princess A new musical with music and lyrics by Tori Amos. A dark fairytale about grief, rebellion and the power of love. Times and dates vary as this production is in rep. Until February 2014 Emil and the Detectives Join young Emil as he says goodbye to his mother, leaves his small town and sets off on a journey that will change his life. 16 November – 20 February
Kensington Gore SW7 2AP www.royalalberthall.com Disney Fantasia - Live in Concert Following 2012's hugely successful and popular shows, Disney Fantasia: Live in Concert returns to the Hall for the whole family to enjoy with some brand new content! 2.30pm, 7pm 16 November
The Royal Opera House Covent Garden WC2E 9DD www.roh.org.uk/events Romeo and Juliet A tragic tale of star-crossed lovers: Kenneth MacMillan's poignant ballet is a 20th-century classic. £19-£108
The Tara Arts Theatre 356 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield SW18 4ES tara-arts.com/whats-on 1, 2, 3, Little Pig It’s a dangerous world out there and if you’re a little pig it’s even worse, particularly if you’ve just left home and there’s a big hungry Wolf looking for you… 10.30am / £10.00 / £8.00 23 November The Feather Catcher Freda loves feathers but there's one special feather that she just can't catch on her own. Can Greta help her on her quest and teach her about friendship at the same time? Age 3-6, £8-£10 7 December
Theatre Royal Drury Lane Catherine Street WC2B 5JF www.reallyuseful.com/theatres/theatre-royaldrury-lane Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl’s deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in a brand new West End musical directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes. 8 To December 2014 page 34
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What’s on The Unicorn Theatre 147 Tooley Street, Southwark SE1 2HZ unicorntheatre.com Henry the Fifth What’s the difference between a king and any other man? Kings need crowns and castles to prove themselves, and so does Henry. Henry the Fifth, that is, of England. But Henry is running out of cash and all he can think about is that his neighbour’s castle is bigger than his. £10£16 To 17 November Dora Dora is a storer. You could even call her a hoarder. Birdcages and books, bicycles and balls, boxes and biscuit tins, Dora finds and keeps everything. £10-£16 Sensacional After a sell-out visit in February 2013, Sensacional is back to charm the very youngest audience members. £10-£16
Museums & Galleries Bank of England Museum Threadneedle Street EC2R 8AH www.bankofengland.co.uk Cartoons & Caricatures. This exhibition consists of published and unpublished material from the Bank of England's own collection of prints and drawings. 5.30pm-9pm To 9 November Lord Mayor’s Show Step into the role of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad. Professional face painters will transform young visitors into the well-known characters from “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame, a former secretary of the Bank of England. Last entry 4:30pm.9 November
British Library NW1 2DB www.bl.uk/whatson/events Georgians Revealed Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain Tasteful and polite, or riotous and pleasureobsessed? Discover the Georgians as they really were, through the objects that tell the stories of their lives. 8 November – 11 March
Florence Nightingale Museum 2 Lambeth Palace Road SE1 7EW www.florencenightingale.co.uk A Graphic Heroine: Florence Nightingale in Japanese Manga Florence Nightingale has been a popular figure in Japan for decades. In this talk, Laura Newman will use Nightingale’s many appearances in comic books or manga to explore why she has had such a powerful effect on Japanese culture and nursing. 6.30pm, £8 14 November
The Foundling Museum 40 Brunswick Square, Camden Town WC1N 1AZ www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk Family: Photo Booth
Inspired by the exhibition Home Truths, join photographer Marysa Dowling in her photo booth to create a family photo. 10:30 - 13:00 and 14:00 16:30 24 November
Horniman Museum 100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ www.horniman.ac.uk Amazon Adventure: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches. A fun family trip along the Amazon River. Learn about exotic creatures including piranhas, see live tetras and stingrays, feel the simulated zap of an electric eel and discover the environmental dangers facing the Amazon. 10.30am to 5.30pm / £3 Child, £6 Adult, £15 Family Nzinga Dance Ensemble A uplifting performance of African dance and drumming from Nizinga students and professionals in their end of term concert. 4-4.45pm, free 24 November
Imperial War Museum Lambeth Road SE1 6HZ www.iwm.org.uk Architecture of War. Bringing together highlights from IWM’s art collection, Architecture of War presents artists’ responses to the impact of warfare on our surrounding landscapes and environments. 01 October - 5 May 2014 Horrible Histories®: Spies IWM London’s new major family exhibition is based on the popular children’s book series written by Terry Deary, which will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013. To May 2015
The London Transport Museum Covent Garden Piazza WC2E 7BB www.ltmuseum.co.uk Underground: 70 years on Film A rare opportunity to see this group of London Transport staff newsreel films from the London Transport Films Section. From experimental buses and trains, new canteens and radio systems and sports roundups, the Cine-Gazette series was intended to keep LT’s 100,000 staff informed of developments in the organisation. Tickets: Free with Annual Museum Ticket or £5 adult. 15.0017.00 / Admission fees apply Every Sun from 03 November
London Transport Museum Acton Depot 2 Museum Way, 118-120 Gunnersbury Lane W3 9BQ www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/museum-depot Behind the scenes at the Museum Depot The Depot is a working museum store housing over 370,000 objects. Attractions include rare road & rail vehicles spanning over 100 years, bus and rail sheds, signs, ceramic tiles, ephemera and ticket machines. 29-30 November
The Museum Of London London Wall EC2Y 5HN www.museum oflondon.org.uk Get stuffed Make yourself into a historical doll in this digital workshop. Age 5+, 12.30 – 1.30pm & 2.00 – 3.00pm & 3.30 – 4.30pm 17 November
The National Army Museum Royal Hospital Road SW3 4HT www.nam.ac.uk
Gurkha Food Festival The cultural and geographic diversities of Nepal provide a variety of unique cuisines with flavourful, rich and aromatically spiced dishes. 10.30am - 4.30pm 23 November Remembrance Sunday This Remembrance Sunday visitors are invited to discover and handle First World War objects from the Museums own Collection as well as create their own remembrance poppy in a craft workshop. 1.30am - 4.30pm 10 November A Soldier's Life in...Workshops Drop in to these one-hour Saturday workshops and learn about the life of a soldier. 2pm and 3.30pm Every Sat from 1 November
The National Gallery Trafalgar Square WC2N 5DN www.nationalgallery.org.uk Magic Carpet Storytelling Fly away on the magic carpet, coming to land in front of a different painting each day. Ages 2-5 10.30-11am and 11.30am–12pm. Free Every Sun from 01 November Family Sundays Activities designed for families to enjoy and learn together. 11am and 3pm Every Sun from 1 November
National Maritime Museum Park Row, Greenwich SE10 9NF www.rmg.co.uk Nelson, Navy, Nation. A major new permanent gallery looks at how the Royal Navy shaped individual lives and the course of British history over the tumultuous 18th century. Turner and the Sea The first full-scale examination of J.M.W Turner’s lifelong fascination with the sea From 22 November
The Natural History Museum Cromwell Road SW7 5BD www.nhm.ac.uk Lates with MasterCard Visit the Museum after hours and experience London’s most unique Friday night out. 18.00–22.30 29 November Dino Snores Discover what really happens at the Museum when the staff and visitors have gone home. Dino Snores is for children aged 7–11 years old. 7pm/£49 16 November
Natural History Museum Ice Rink Skate at London’s most enchanting ice rink for a truly magical experience / Children (12 and under) £9 peak / £8 off peak Adult £13.50 peak / £11.50 off peak
V&A Museum of Childhood Cambridge Heath Road E2 9PA www.museumofchildhood.org.uk War Games This exhibition explores the relationship between conflict and children’s play, providing an insight into the ways toys have been influenced by warfare from 1800 to the present day. With toys and games including Risk, GI Joe and classic British toy soldiers, as well as photographs and archive documents, War Games represents differing sides of conflicts from around the world. Free To March 2014
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Unit 1 & 2 Pickfords Wharf, Clink Street SE1 9DG www.goldenhinde.com Tudor, Pirate and Drake Fun Days. Step back in time and learn the history of the House of Tudor in a unique way that children will love. Times vary, £7 Adults, £5 Children, £20 Family Thoughout November
Days Out Cutty Sark King William Walk, Greenwich SE10 9HT www.rmg.co.uk Curators Tours Join curator Jessica Lewis for a tour of the Cutty Sark, where you will discover the secrets of the ship’s success and learn about the recent conservation project to preserve her for future generations. Suitable for ages 11+, 3.30-4.30pm, £15 including admission to ship | £12 Members and Concessions 21 November
Fulham Palace Bishops Avenue, Fulham SW6 6EA www.fulhampalace.org Kids in Museums Take Over Day For one day only, Year 5 from Langford Primary School will take over the running of Fulham Palace. The Museum will be open to the public for this very special occasion, so come and see what these 9 and 10 year olds get up to! Free; no booking necessary. 22 November Museum Drop-In During this Victorian themed family drop-in, try on period costume, handle artefacts and learn about the history of Fulham Palace. Free, no booking necessary, takes place in the Great Hall. 2pm3.30pm 17 November
Hampton Court Palace East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU www.hrp.org.uk Ice at the Palace – Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink will return for six weeks of winter fun. Glide around the ice in royal style within the setting of the magnificent Palace. From 30 November
HMS Belfast The Queen's Walk SE1 2JH www.iwm.org.uk/visits/hms-belfast History in Your Hands Discover hidden stories about HMS Belfast and explore the fascinating lives of the men who lived and worked on board. 11am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 4pm 16 – 17 November
Kensington Palace W8 4PX hrp.org.uk/kensingtonpalace A Game of Crowns: Christmas at Kensington Palace Celebrate Christmas in royal style this December with a season of fun and games at Kensington Palace. 30 November – 6 January Christmas at Kew Whether by day or at night a Christmas visit to Kew Gardens offers you a chance to escape the hustle and bustle and share time with family and friends. New this year - follow an illuminated trail through the enchanting winter landscape. 28 Nov – 4 Jan
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What’s on SM4 5JD nationaltrust.org.uk/morden-hall-park Explorer Packs and Trails Explorer packs are available from the second-hand bookshop (a deposit is required), containing themed activities around the park. Follow trails around the park with activities to complete. Throughout November
A Victorian Christmas A Victorian Christmas is brought to life this yuletide. Wander around the beautifully decorated rooms of the house and encounter a range of costumed characters along the way as they prepare the house for the upcoming festivities. 10am-4pm 23-24 and 30 November, 1 December
The Royal Observatory
Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich SE10 9NF www.rmg.co.uk Astronomy Photographer of the Year The annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition, displaying the spectacular winning images from this year’s competition. An Evening with the Stars The popular after-dark experience at the Royal Observatory Greenwich including a show in London’s only public planetarium, the chance to look through the gigantic 28-inch telescope at what the night sky has to offer plus spend some time on the Prime Meridian with a hot drink, an amazing view and astronomers on hand to answer all your space-related questions. 17:30 - 19:30 | 18:50 - 20:50 15-16 November
KT13 0QN www.brooklandsmuseum.com Military Vehicles Day Over 80 vehicles, spanning the decades and representing the field of conflict from around the world, are expected for their annual Military Vehicle Day. 10am-4pm 17 November Torchlight Tour Join them for a special tour of the Museum as night falls. Warm clothes, sensible shoes and a torch are highly recommended as our expert guide leads you through the Motoring Village, Wellington Hangar, Test Hill and the Members’ Banking. Please arrive between 6 - 6.30pm, £15 adults/seniors, £13 children (12 - 16 yrs) 13 November
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The Tower Of London Tower Hill EC3N 4AB www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/WhatsOn Tower of London Ice Rink Feel the cold tingle of London’s crisp winter air, listen to the music, and take in the incomparable surroundings as you glide (gracefully or not so) around the rink in the moat of one of London’s most iconic landmarks. From 16 November
ZSL London Zoo NW1 4RY zsl.org Christmas at ZSL London Zoo A must-see this Christmas are the Zoo’s reindeers! Visitors can find out more about Santa’s favourite creatures at the daily keeper talk, including why Santa’s reindeer must all be girls 17 November – 24 December
Out of town Audley End House and Gardens CB11 4JF www.english-heritage.org.uk/ daysout/properties/audley-end-house-and-gardens
Painshill Park KT11 1JE Cobham, Surrey painshill.co.uk Wild Woodland Day Create amazing woodland art. Track winter wildlife and toast marshmallows around the campfire. For children aged 8 to 13 years, £30 10am-4pm 16 November Family Fun: Festive Craft Make your own fantastic Christmas decorations out of natural materials from around the landscape garden. One adult required for every two children. For children aged 5 to 13 years, adults £12, children £8, 10am-1pm 30 November
Chiddingstone Castle TN8 7AD www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk Christmas Fair Mulled wine, mince pies and the perfect location in which to choose your ideal gifts. 29 November
Leeds Castle Maidstone, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL leeds-castle.com Fireworks Spectacular Be captivated by the incredible display of fireworks in the night sky high above the historic 900-year old castle. Gates open at 2pm, last admission at 5pm, fireworks start at approximately 5.30pm / £18.50 for adults, £12 for children under 16 and under 4’s go free From 09 November to 10 November
National Motor Museum SO42 7ZN beaulieuevents.co.uk Christmas Fair The annual Christmas Fair, held to raise funds to help the work of the Countryside Education Trust, takes place at Palace House, Beaulieu, from 10am to 2.30pm. 15 November
Diary dates and events NCT Wimbledon & Wandsworth www.nctpregnancyandbabycare.com Monday Munchkins. Every Monday in November, 10am-12pm at Elim Church, High Path, South Wimbledon. Breastfeeding Drop-in. Every Thursday in November, 10am–12pm, Gooseberry Bush Café
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Dulwich Picture Gallery SE21 7AD dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk First and last Sunday of November. Family Sundays Enjoy a range of free drop-in activities. Get creative together at Artplay, and participate in interactive storytelling. 2 – 4pm, free for families with a gallery ticket.
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National Youth Film Festival Venues across London www.nationalyouthfilmfestival.org To 8 November. A programme of free screenings, pupil premieres, curriculum-linked resources, workshops, Q&A sessions and other hands-on activities which teachers can use to inspire young people and bring learning to life through film. Ages 5-19
History of London Theatreland Tours Central London location email@example.com 10 and 24 November. Official London Theatre’s annual Theatreland Walking Tour. Take in some of London’s quirkier theatrical sights including a Victorian music hall, the first theatre to host a strip show in the entertainment district, the home of Revudeville variety and London’s most elegant stage door. 2.30pm, £9.50, age 12+
Wandsworth Friends Christmas Fair - Trinity Hospice 3 November. The Big Draw: London Tomorrow Inspired by this year’s theme ‘Drawing Tomorrow’, use card, plastic and tape to construct a city of the future Erica Parrett. 2-4pm, £ 3 per child 24 November. Roll Up Roll Up: Harvest Time with the Goddess of Plenty 1 December. A Fantastic Journey and Christmas Decorations
The Grand Hall, Battersea Arts Centre www.trinityhospicechristmasfair.org 13 November. A Santa’s Grotto of great gift ideas with over 50 stalls selling toys, books, beauty products, jewellery, women and menswear, pet and food stuffs, as well as the Nearly New Stall. Last year’s event raised over £23,000 for Trinity Hospice.
What’s on Bach to Baby Concert www.bachtobaby.com The critically acclaimed classical concert series specifically designed for babies and carers to enjoy together. Treat yourself and introduce your wee ones to live classical music during the crucial years. Be amazed at how your child will appreciate the likes of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms! 13 and 29 November at Holy Trinity Church, 234 Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1SB, 10.30am/4pm 14 November at St. Gabriel’s Church, Warwick Square SW1V 2AD, 10.30am 15 November at St Luke’s Church, 194 Ramsden Road SW12 8RQ, 10.30am 19 November at St John’s Fulham, North End Road SW6 1PB
Somerset House WC2R 1LA www.somersethouse.org.uk/ice-rink 14 November – beginning January. Skate. The wonderful open air ice rink is bank, including the Penguin Club, a Christmas Arcade and late night shopping.
Institut Francais SW7 2DT institut-francais.org.uk 16, 30 November. Baby & Kids French Tales Put your clogs on and rediscover the incredible adventures of Les Contes du chat perché. Follow Delphine and Marinette into a spiral of risky events
Barbican Centre EC2Y 8DS www.barbican.org.uk To 9 February 2014. Pop Art Design Brash, colourful and playful, Pop Art was a movement that signalled a radical change of direction in the postwar period. Pop Art Design brings together around 200 works, by over 70 artists and designers.
First Aid for Life Balham and Westminster firstaidforlife.org.uk 6, 15, 16 and 28 November. The Emergency Course A 3-hour course covering care of the unconscious baby and child as well as most
including opening the door of the family house, meeting Mr. Wolf and rescuing a stag on the loose. 11am, ages 0-3 and 3-5, £7 18-24 November. South Ken Kids Festival 2013 Featuring live events, drawing duos, workshops, talks, films, live music, book signings and more.
Visit 345 Nursery where “The Nursery offers an exceptionally welcoming and inclusive environment” (Ofsted November 2011). Children become independent inquisitive and motivated in this rich and vibrant learning environment. Great outdoor space! Options include Afternoon School, Lunch Club and Early Bird Club. www.345nurseryschool.co.uk Please contact us on 020-8870-8441 or firstname.lastname@example.org Fitzhugh Grove, Trinity Road, London SW18 3SA
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Wimbledon Art Studios, Riverside Yard, Riverside Road, Earlsfield SW17 0BB www.wimbledonartstudios.co.uk 21-24 November London’s largest single site art studio complex opens its doors providing an exciting opportunity to interact with over 150 emerging and established artists. Free
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Twickenham Alive Richmond Rink, York House, Richmond Road Twickenham TW1 3AA www.richmondrink.com 30 November – 12 January. With additional attractions such as a Santa's grotto, farmers market, donkeys, face painting, figure skaters, food & drink, Star Wars on ice and much much more...
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Hyde Park www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com 22 November – 5 January The Magical Ice Kingdom has more breathtaking snow and ice sculptures, along with a new ice bar. Other popular attractions include the UK's largest Ice Rink, the Giant Observation Wheel and Zippos Circus with 2 shows. Father Christmas will be in Santa Land handing out free gifts to children and there'll be even more markets stalls, bars, restaurants and thrill seeking rides.
Parish of Putney Christmas Fair St Mary’s Church, Putney Bridge SW15 23 November Kick off the Christmas season at the Parish of Putney Christmas Fair, 10.30am-1.30pm. Games, crafts, face painting, toy and bottle tombolas, food
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Christmas Dollshouse Festival Kensington Town Hall W8 www.dollshousefestival.com 30 November. A fantastic way to get into the Christmas mood as well as indulge in a bit of shopping.
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