Guidelines for Workshops
We recognise that every school is different and we pride ourselves on our ability to adapt to your specific requirement. We have a lot of experience and it is worth checking what we expect from your school and advice about formats that work.
☆ What does Circus Into Schools need to run a circus workshop / performance projects at your school?
We need a clear hall, a member of staff / classroom assistant to accompany the class and enthusiastic children to work with. We have huge amounts of equipment and each tutor can work with up to 35 children.
If your event involves larger group sizes we can bring in more tutors or it can be appropriate to train some older children as helpers. If you have a big enough space we can teach up to 50 children but would expect additional adults to support from the school. We have capacity to run bigger projects and can teach up to 4 classes groups with a different circus focus in different location simultaneously.
Children do need flat shoes and practical clothes - avoiding high heels and tight or short skirts.
☆ What ages are circus skills suitable for?
Ages 4 - 81 can do circus skills, reception key stage 1, key stage 2, key stage 3. Activities will be age & ability appropriate & take into account space and adult: child ratio. We have projects that are focused for different ages. Early years / Key stage 1 while most projects are suitable for Key Stage 2 & Key stage 3. We tailor Key Stage 4 bookings directly to the specific project.
☆ How long should workshops last for each age group?
Reception classes can have short structured play sessions lasting up to 30 - 45 minutes.
Key stage 1 from 45 minutes to 2 hours (with a break)
Key stage 2 from 1 to 4 hours (with lunch and morning break)
Key stage 3 and upwards 1 ½ hours to all day session
Arts weeks or a longer series of sessions – where the children become performers:
When we run an arts week project or take only one or two classes for a day, it is possible to have a presentation for friends and family at the end of the day/last day.
We provide a backdrop, lights and a sound system and host the performance by the workshop participants.
☆ What circus skills do we teach?
Children will have a go at some of the following skills; parachute games, skipping, feather balancing, diabolo, spinning plates, juggling, hula hoops, balancing feathers, pois, ribbons, juggling rings, pedalgoers, hand held stilts, hat manipulation. We can also teach; acroblance, tumbling, stilt walking, unciycling, tightrope, clowning, performance skills. Activities on offer will depend on age and ability of children, adult child ratio, space, length of session and skills of tutor.
If you would like a specific skill taught please let us know when booking the project.
☆ Will we work with children with additional needs / special needs / SEN ?
All our tutors are experienced at working with children with additional needs and we are very happy to work with all children. It would be appropriate to advise coaches in advance of range of abilities of special needs groups. If there are children with additional needs within a mainstream workshop please can the teacher or classroom assistant point out any issues they think may affect that childs' safety. For example a deaf child may not understand instructions.
☆ What geographical area do you cover?
Cornwall, Redruth, Falmouth, Newquay, Truro, St Austell, Bodmin, Padstow, Liskeard, Wadebridge, Foewy, Lostwithiel, Looe, Saltash, Torpoint, Launceston, Camelford, Penzance,
St Ives, Haylem Helston, Camborne, St Hust, Looe, Callington, Gunnislake, Calstock.
Devon, Tavistock, Holsworthy, Yelverton, Plymouth, Okehampton, Modbury, Kingsbridge,
Dartmouth, Totnes, Paignton, Newton Abbott, Teignmouth, Dawlish, Ashburton, Buckfasleigh, Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary, taiverton, Credition, Honiton, Great Torrington, South Molton, Northam, Barnstaple, Ilfracombe, Exmouth, Exeter, Horrbridge.
Somerset, Bristol, Lyme Regis, Taunton, Bridgewater, Minehead, Watchet, Glastonbury, Street, Weston-Super-Mare, Shepton Mallet, Wells, Crewkerne
Avon, Bristol, Bath, salisbury, Warminster, Andover, Shaftsbury
Dorset, Bridport, Dorchester, Weymouth, Sherbourne, Yeovil
Wilstshire, Wales, London - when possible.
Depending on bookings and season we will sometime travel further so why not try us?
Previously we have worked on Isles of Wight, Scilly Isles, and have held residentials in Hurghada in Egypt and Sihanoukville in Cambodia.
☆ Will Circus Coaches work free for charities?
Most circus tutors choose to support a charity or local project and will not take on work for free.
How a Circus Skills Day is run?
Assembly Show, Classes, Pupil Show, Family Workshop and Resources
A Circus skills day begins with an assembly show. Our Splats experts amazes and educates. Concepts of balance, gentle effort, practice and observation are all introduced with a little help from staff and pupils. Preparing and inspiring the pupils for the circus skills learning to learn classes.
Learning to learn circus skills classes
A Splats Circus skills class is carefully structured to maximum success in stages. The beauty of circus skills is that the pupils can work at their own level and practice and improve through observation of their own learning and others. They work individually, in pairs and in groups on a variety of challenges designed to improve their skills get the learning lessons across.
A Splats circus skills lesson starts with scarf juggling. Perfect for learning to catch and throw as they move slowly they time for movement and creativity.
Control & Focus
The Splats circus skills feather challenge. Balancing on the finger, the nose, the forehead teaching the pupils vital lessons for success in all sports of attention, imagination, determination.
The Splats circus skills learning to learn key skill. Juggling is the perfect model for explaining how the learning process works. Structured one to three ball challenges in pairs and in groups, which will help all pupils learn the cascade pattern behind 3 ball juggling. Focusing on letting the ball drop we help the pupils relax and learn the gentle movement required for success. The Splats 3 ball swap game will give your pupils and teachers a game that will develop coordination and timing for their PE lesson warm ups or class.
Splats circus skills plate spinning challenge. A favorite of all ages, pupils learn how a gentle, relaxed technique leads to success. Adapted for all abilities pupils can learn to spin on their finger, balance on their nose and pass and throw with a partner and in groups.
It teaches pupils how a gentle use of appropriate effort is the key to success in all sports.
Ribbons and Poi Spinning
We then teach the art of ribbon twirling and poi spinning a great coordination challenge. This is again adapted for all ages, progressing from simple movements with a ribbon to more complex poi moves which coordinate both sides of the body and brain.
Diabolo and Flower Stick
This can be taught to all ages but is very popular with the older range of primary and secondary. It again teaches how a gentle appropriate effort is best but also how careful observation of our technique will lead to success. It shows pupils how by following instructions and performing the correct technique success will be achieved. Once spinning straight and fast pupils can throw and catch the diabolo plus for the expert perform many fancy tricks.
Stilts and Balance
Learning to walk on stilt or ride a fun wheel are a perfect way to challenge the bravery and daring of the pupils. A key element of all circus skills is the wow factor and pupils will love the exhilaration of the splats balance challenges. Safe for al ages pupils can start with bucket stilts and then progress to hand held stilts and learn to ride a pedal go end even juggle at the same time.