Everyone had a fantastic time during our ‘Circus Week’. In preparation for the special week all children worked with Tan Draig, creative practitioner, to make some huge and fantastic sculptures. Children made a life-sized circus horse, a huge circus lion, an elephant, teddy bears and stilt walkers and acrobats. Even though the lion, horse and elephant were made from newspaper and canes they were strong enough for the children to sit on them!
The week was made very special because we had our very own ‘Big Top’ circus tent erected in the school car park and children worked in this throughout the week.
In classrooms, the children made some fantastic artwork including trapeze artists, circus trains, circus sewing puppets and paintings as well as writing circus stories and instructions.
All children brought a teddy bear to school so that they could participate in Tan’s Teddy Bear Circus – the teddies were very brave and were catapulted through the air on a see-saw and one really brave teddy was sawn in half!
Children learnt a range of circus skills including plate spinning, juggling with scarves, balancing feathers and clown routines. All children worked with Kevin, a professional clown, to explore a range of activities including ‘jack in a box, tightrope walking and steering clown cars and trikes!
The highlight for many children was working with our clowns, Bubble and Squeak, who were very funny but very naughty – custard pies were flying everywhere!
At home, children made circus puppets and brought them into school – all children received a special circus certificate as a reward.
At the end of the week everyone dressed up as a circus character – the school was full of clowns, ringmasters, acrobats and strong men! We held a special assembly in our Big Top and had a very long and winding circus parade so everyone could look at each other’s super costumes.