Circus Skills

When all else fails... join the circus

Twice a term, the whole school enjoys a circus skills day led by the wonderfully inspirational James Waters from Pressplay.

James says: As our society is constantly changing, so too is the way our children play. It is no longer possible for them to play in the streets or local parks and as a result their play is now static and often screen based. This is why they find running, throwing, catching, jumping, balancing and spinning so exhilarating!

We all need and love to play, and circus skills is perfect for this very reason. Whilst playing in this environment you develop co-ordination.  Circus skills improve balance and concentration, as well as constantly lengthen your attention span.

Activities Include:  

  • Balancing peacock feathers
  • Juggling with scarves & balls
  • Spinning plates
  • Chinese ribbons
  • Poi
  • Diabolos
  • Devil sticks
  • Pedal gos
  • Fun wheels
  • Stilts

During the circus skills workshops children are constantly reminded that dropping, falling and generally getting into a muddle (amidst much laughter) is all part of the journey to acquiring the most impressive circus skills. Within minutes the echoes of 'Look, look at me' and 'Did you see what I just did?' fill the room!