Guidelines for Circus Workshops

We recognise that every school is different and we pride ourselves on our ability to adapt to your specific requirements. We have a lot of experience, and are happy to advise if appropriate on effective ways of stucturing the Circus Activities or Shows to work well. Here are some guidelines that may be helpful;

☆ 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 locations 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 on different age groups. 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, unicycling, 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, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, West London, London.

Depending on bookings and season we will sometime travel further so why not try us?
Previously we have worked in Hurghada / Egypt, Sihanoukville/Cambodia, Stuttgart/ Germany, Serrekunda/The Gambia, Cardiff / Wales, St Mary's / Scilly Isles and on the Isle of Wight.

☆ 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 as they have families to support.

Circus into Schools provides fantastic Circus Activities across the South West, including Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and West London.