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Thursday, 07 May 2015
The children at Beech House had the opportunity to learn some Circus Skills of their own thanks to a workshop led by Circusology founder Alex Pletscher.
The boys and girls had a fantastic time at the circus workshop. One of the first questions they asked Alex was whether he could ride a unicycle. He demonstrated that he could – but the children said that he was very wobbly compared to someone who had been on Britain's Got Talent at the weekend!
The first activity the children tried out for themselves was balancing a peacock feather on their hand. Nathan Pierson from Year 2 was a particular expert and could do it first time, following the advice of Alex to “look at the top”. All the children were fantastic at balancing their feathers and Edward Morris, who is also in Year 2, was among the few who managed to balance their feathers on their noses!
The next task was spinning plates – though this came with lots of warnings not to do this at home with their parents’ finest bone china! All the children had a really good try at spinning their plates and most of them managed the trick. Next was juggling with scarves; the pupils listened carefully to instructions and built up to juggling with two scarves.
Finally Alex showed the children all his equipment, and everyone had a chance to play with the circus apparatus.
As well as being a lot of fun, the challenging circus activities also worked on the pupils’ coordination, balance and concentration. It was a fantastic afternoon for everyone.
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