Caister Infant and Nursery School students get a taste of the circus life

Youngsters from Caister Infants school take part in circus skills with The Circus Ferrel.Robyn (No s

Youngsters from Caister Infants school take part in circus skills with The Circus Ferrel.Robyn (No surnames) plate spinning. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Running away to the circus meant a hop, skip and jump across the school field for children in Caister this week.

Youngsters from Caister Infants school take part in circus skills with The Circus Ferrel

Youngsters from Caister Infants school take part in circus skills with The Circus Ferrel - Credit: Nick Butcher

Normal school work was swept aside for 350 youngsters whose learning was focused on juggling, tight rope walking and mastering the diablo.

But there was a serious side to all the fun with giddy tales of the Big Top creating all sorts of spin off opportunities for history, geography and creative writing.

Brendan McCarney, headteacher at Caister Infant and Nursery School, said the children's excitement and enthusiasm were a real spur for their work, firing their imaginations and building a passion for writing.

He said: 'The whole focus of the children's work in the period before it came was the circus. They are learning about the history of clowns and how no two clowns are the same, and about the life circus people led in the past and now. It really brings learning to life.


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'When they look back on their school life here it will be one of the experiences they will really remember.

'The cost to the school is zero and we get a fantastic education tool. It is a big plus for everyone.'

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Children enjoyed a series of workshops hosted by Diss-based Circus Ferrel culminating in a ticket-only performance to proud parents.

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