11 Nov 2019

Circus comes to Derby High School's Primary School

Circus comes to Derby High School's Primary School

The circus came to Derby High School’s Primary School as part of a fun-filled week linked to the curriculum.

Each year, primary pupils enjoy a themed week designed to encourage an excitement for learning.

This year’s theme was the circus and it kicked off with a circus skills workshop run by a company called Circusology.

More than 220 pupils aged 3-11 from across the Primary School had a go at juggling, balancing a peacock feather on their finger, walking on small stilts and trying out a unicycle.

Mrs Swainston, class teacher, said: “From the first day everyone was buzzing with excitement. The circus skills classes were a great way to launch the week. All lessons throughout the week were linked to the circus. In Year 5 pupils debated whether animals should be in the circus, Year 3 learnt and performed a dance from Barnum, Year 4 worked on scripts for a play and Year 2 were asked to use every letter of the alphabet to come up with a word with a circus theme.

“There was lots of drama and performances and we also looked at the history of the circus. Holding a themed week like this is a creative way of encouraging excitement in learning and making links across all subjects.”

At the end of the week pupils and staff dressed up and each year group shared what they had done with the whole school.

Class teacher Mr Gould, Primary School Curriculum Co-ordinator, said: “It was a great way to end the week. The children and staff dressed up and the costumes were amazing, we had lots of clowns and a bearded lady. The whole week was a real success.”

Adi, eight, said: “It was really fun and I enjoyed it. I really liked balancing the peacock feather on our fingers and I tried riding a unicycle.”

Nine-year-old Aoibh said: “I loved it when the person came in to do the circus skills and I learnt how to spin a plate.”

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