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Overview

The Lesson Plans below are intended for 10-12 weeks each and materials will be provided.

Explanation

At the end of Circus Club children will have learned, with your help, a range of skills that are used in circuses, including juggling, balancing, skipping and hula hooping.

We urge teachers to show a demonstration first through video or in person on a USB which they can plug into a whiteboard at the school in your classroom. You may also bring in your own computer or iPad to show the children the images which you have saved. Most schools have a secure internet system which don’t allow teachers to search on google or Youtube so please be prepared to download the material yourself

Timing

  • 5 min enter class
    take jackets off, sit down, do the register and eat snacks
  • 5 min explain lesson with examples and interaction (asking questions)
  • 40 min practical lesson
  • 10 min pack up
    tidy up, put jackets on, tuck chairs in, line up

*It is important that you leave the classroom as entered* 

Leave the supplies in the storage box and store in a safe place allocated by the school

Please note that you must download all three PDF listed below. The page number of the lesson plan is listed below

  1. Smirkus Circus (1 time use for clown lesson plan)
  2. Circus Companion Book (6-8 time use for activities lesson plan)
  3. Additional Circus Activities (incase you need more ideas)

Circus Club Lesson Plans

The Act of Being a Clown. 2-4 weeks

Materials:

Paper plates
Wigs
Noses
Colour pens
Scissors*
Card paper coloured
Glue
Spring
Hole Punch

  • Identify four basic clown types
  • Learn clown history
  • Practice simple pantomime
  • Practice juggling/movement
  • Create a clown character with mask
  • Create and rehearse a clown act
  • Work cooperatively to present a clown showcase
  • Keep a journal record of clown design

NOTE: Create a few clown masks using arts and crafts materials. Wigs may be provided. Do not take them home (they will be reused).

Circus Scarf Juggling. 1-2 weeks

VIEW CIRCUS COMPANION BOOK PDF: PAGE 22/80

Materials:

  • Marker cones to define the playing areas
  • 1 small beach ball or soft sponge ball per group of 4
  • Juggling scarves or plastic bags per player

Ball Juggling. 1-2 weeks

VIEW CIRCUS COMPANION BOOK PDF: PAGE 30/80

Materials:

  • Marker cones to define the playing areas
  • 1 small beach ball or soft sponge ball per group of 4
  • Juggling scarves or plastic bags per player
  • 2 Juggling balls per person

Balancing Objects. 1-2 weeks

VIEW CIRCUS COMPANION BOOK PDF: PAGE 46/80

Materials:

  • Marker cones to define the playing areas
  • Balancing Poles
  • 1 or 2 balancing household object per person (find something in the class)
  • 2 Juggling scarves or plastic bags per player
  • 1 piece of chalk or hoop per player
  • 1 piece of feather or balloon per player

Hula Hoop to music. 1-2 weeks

VIEW CIRCUS COMPANION BOOK PDF: PAGE 53/80

Materials:

  • Marker cones to define the playing areas
  • 1 hula hoop per player
  • 1 piece of chalk or hoop per player
  • 2 scarves, juggling balls or bean bags per player
  • music

Balancing People. 1-2 weeks

VIEW CIRCUS COMPANION BOOK PDF: PAGE 60/80

Materials:

  • Marker cones to define the playing areas
  • 2 scarves, juggling balls or bean bags per player
  • 1 feather
  • 1 piece hoop per player
  • gym mat
  • long rope

Balancing Plates. 1-2 weeks

VIEW CIRCUS COMPANION BOOK PDF: PAGE 69/80

Materials:

  • Marker cones to define the playing areas
  • 1 set of spinning plates and sticks per person
  • juggling balls or scarves
  • 1 hoop per player

Circus Show. The Grand Finale. 1-2 weeks

VIEW CIRCUS COMPANION BOOK PDF: PAGE 75/80

Materials:

All that has been used in earlier lessons

ADDITIONAL CIRCUS ACTIVITIES LIST (tight rope, merry go round..)

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD