Optical offers an exciting range of circus activities such as juggling,
stilt-walking, balance, mime and clowning.
have circus in your school?
is fun! It can bring colour and excitement to your school and this can
be used as a motivating force right across the curriculum. Many primary
and middle school teachers have already realized its potential as a
springboard for thematic work. Secondly,
circus can promote learning development in the following areas:-
Perseverance is the key to acquisition of many skills. It can improve
concentration and attention span. Children are made aware of their own
learning process as their perseverance is reinforced by tangible improvements
at every stage.
Coordination, balance, reflex, timing and rhythm are improved, as are
eye-hand coordination, laterality and tracking (through juggling in
Children's confidence and self-esteem can be enhanced.
They are encouraged to trust and cooperate, particularly during stilt
work and acrobatics. All communication skills are fostered.
Circus is a great stimulus for creativity in all aspects of language,
drama and art.
Lastly, circus has appeared in many different cultures throughout history.
It has a universal appeal and thus can be incorporated into an equal
- DRAWS TOGETHER THE SCHOOL AND THE COMMUNITY - CIRCUS - IS AN IDEAL
ACTIVITY FOR A COMMUNITY GROUP - CIRCUS - IS AN EXCITING VEHICLE FOR
as working with children of all ages and abilities from infants to
A' level drama students, Peter Optical has had many years experience
with children with special needs, varying from those with specific
learning difficulties, to those with emotional and behavior disorders.