Back to school and how to help your child

September is an exciting time for many families. It could be that your child is just starting school, perhaps they are moving up to secondary school or maybe they are moving from infants to juniors.

Whatever year group your child is in, the start of a new school term can be an unsettling time. Although many children skip into their new class with ease, some find it harder to adjust to new surroundings and new teachers.

This is where extra curriculum activities such as classes at Razzamataz can really come into their own. Throughout your child’s time at Razzamataz, we make a huge effort to support your child’s confidence. During the fun sessions, children easily make new friends, which give them the life skills they need to communicate with new people.

At Razzamataz Sheffield, our September term is packed full of fun activities that will help your child develop their own ambitions. Kay Purcell, an actress from CBBC’s Tracy Beaker Returns will be taking a master class about acting for camera. For children that would like to pursue theatre arts as a career, learning from Kay about her own life as an actress will be invaluable. She will also be sharing with us her audition technique, transferable life skills that can be used for school or job interviews.

There is also a lot of fun to be had in October when our students and staff dress up for a PJ day and also a Halloween disco. The money that we raise during this time will go towards our very own charity Future Fund, which will financially help a student going on to study performing arts at college or university.

We also firmly believe that performing gives children a huge amount of confidence, which in turn gives them a head start at school. During November, we will once again be performing at the Sheffield Christmas Lights Switch On. This is a really lovely event but what’s really important is that it gives children a chance to showcase their skills, which in turn makes them feel good about their achievements.

Working to support young people throughout their performing arts training is a passion for Razzamataz and as part of our commitment to our students, we have the Arts Awards, an accredited qualification for young people aged 11 to 25, which is recognised on the UCAS Tariff. Arts Award is offered at Bronze, Silver and Gold and at each level, young people are assessed on their planning and review skills and can explore any of the art forms including performing arts. We are delighted that four of our students have recently passed their Bronze Awards and Eleanor Ryan has completed half of her Silver and will continue with that this year.

We wish all of our students the best of luck in their new school term. If you want to give your child the opportunity to learn new life skills, drop us a line for a free taster day on E: [email protected] or speak to Helen on 0114 3030 455 or 07979189177.