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Learning Perseverance

Malcolm Gladwell’s concept of “10,000 hours” has firmly entered popular culture since his book Outliers was published in 2008. The idea is that perseverance and practice can make someone great at something. This can count as much as, if not more than, what someone is born with. Whether these hours can be counted exactly, and what […]

New to Jigsaw? Here’s our top 5 Things you can Expect on your First Day

We all know that feeling, the anticipation of doing something for the first time. For some people this manifests as excitement, an unstoppable optimistic energy as they look forward to joining a new club or taking on a new activity. For some of us however, doing something new can be a daunting experience that leaves […]

“An Exciting Whirlwind of a Journey” with Jigsaw Harlow!

This blog post is written by Rachel, franchisee of Jigsaw Harlow.  After moving away from a career as an actress in the performing arts industry, I struggled for a long time to find something that brought me as much joy as being on stage did. I first began teaching alongside bar jobs and then office […]

How to Conquer Stage Fright!

Glossophobia. No, it’s not a new type of paint. It’s the fear of public speaking – or, in other words, stage fright. It’s one of the most common fears. Even very experienced performers get stage fright, so it’s not surprising that children do as well.   “I get stage fright and gremlins in my head […]

The Cure for Back to School Blues

There’s an epidemic sweeping the country – the back to school blues. After a long summer of holidays, beaches, clubs and pools, the reality of another term – another year! – at school starts to sink in. And it doesn’t just afflict children. Parents have been feeling the pressure of buying new stationary, replacing outgrown, […]

Spotlight on… Work Experience Student Mollie!

Recently, former Jigsaw Finchley student Mollie joined the Jigsaw Head Office team for a week of work experience. We love hearing what Jigsaw students get up to when they’re older and how their classes have helped them, as we have with work experience students joining us in the past, so we took the opportunity to […]

Jigsaw Review: The Worst Witch, Vaudeville Theatre

Recently on the Jigsaw blog, we ran a competition to win tickets to The Worst Witch on stage! We can now unveil the winning entry: If I was a witch my favourite spell would be, I’ll make my cat disappear to have adventures climbing trees, Sneaking up on the neighbour’s dog that’s always teasing him,So […]

Top Five Summer Activities for Children

Schools are out, August is imminent and we’ve already survived a heatwave – it’s definitely summer! If you’re in need of some inspiration for your child’s summer fun, we’ve got you covered. In no particular order, here are our Top Five Summer Activities for Children. 5. Open air theatre Who says a theatre trip is […]

Jigsaw Schools Perform at Summer Festivals!

We love celebrating any chance Jigsaw students have to showcase their talents and hard work. When a whole Jigsaw school can get involved, that’s even better! With the Summer sun comes Summer fairs and festivals, a great way to not only enjoy the weather but see and support what’s happening in your local community, including […]

Competition: Win Tickets to See The Worst Witch, in the West End!

  We have a fantastic competition for a Jigsaw student to win tickets to see The Worst Witch in the West End! Update: read the winner’s review of the show here!  For a chance of winning this amazing prize, simply answer this question:   “If you were a witch, what would your favourite spell be?” […]

Why Everyone Can Enjoy a Trip to the Theatre

Whether it’s a challenging new work, a literary classic, a spectacular musical, or a good old-fashioned panto, the theatre can offer something for everyone. This is the principle behind ‘Kids Week’ in London, which returns again for 2019. Despite the name, it actually runs for the entire month of August, during which a child who’s […]

What Makes the Perfect Summer Activity?

  Half term breaks, Easter holidays, even Christmas. They’re merely sneak peeks of what comes at the end of the academic year: Summer. And with it, a plethora of Summer activities to choose from. But not every Summer activity is created equal! While Summer holidays are precious to a child, parents might feel more ambivalent. […]