What are Circus Skills?

Circus skills are a group of pursuits that have been performed as entertainment in circuses, sideshow, busking, or variety, vaudeville or music hall shows. Most circus skills are still being performed today. Many are also practised by non-performers as a hobby.

At Proactivity, we believe that learning circus skills creates a sense of achievement and boosts self-esteem. Basic skills can be learned very quickly and most people find that they can do something that they previously thought 'impossible'. Skills such as flower sticks, plate spinning and juggling with scarves, bean bags or balls improve hand-eye coordination, concentration, manipulation, throwing and catching skills.


What are the benefits of Circus Skills?

Learning circus skills provides a wide range of benefits to the participant – increased attention span and focus, personal and social growth, mental and emotional health – all the while within a non-competitive and fun atmosphere. Circus skills have the capacity to improve your students:

  • Hand/eye coordination
  • Reflexes
  • Balance
  • Concentration
  • Self Confidence
  • Patience
  • Social Skills

Proactivity Circus Programs align with the Victorian Curriculum

Proactivity's Circus program is a fun way to get students moving & feeling uplifted. Activities will provide students with the opportunity to learn a variety of skills such as Hula Hooping, Spinning Poi, Juggling, Flower sticks, and Poi. Adapted for the age group, students will focus on developing their fine and gross motor skills whilst having fun. Practice makes perfect, and in this program, we encourage students to never give up, try something new and challenge their hand-eye coordination with these fun activities!

Benefits:

  • Heightened sense of spatial awareness
  • Development of fine & gross motor skills
  • Raises Self Esteem & builds confidence
  • Ability to engage with Circus props in a variety of ways
  • Development of hand and eye coordination

Our Equipment Pack includes:

(the circus teachers provide everything, however, if your schools ever have these things that also helps)

  • Hoops
  • Bean bags
  • Juggling scarves

Curriculum links and program details

Primary School

Curriculum Links

Moving the body
Practise fundamental movement skills and movement sequences using different body parts and in response to stimuli in indoor, outdoor and aquatic settings.

Learning through movement
Use trial and error to test solutions to movement challenges.

Follow rules when participating in physical activities.

Learning Objectives Learning Activities

Week 1

  • Students will be able to Twirl the hoop on the floor and walk around, let go and jump in the middle.
  • Stretches and introduction.
  • Aerobic warm up copy along, star jumps, frog shapes, brief stretch, knee circles, wrist circles
  • Hoops
  • Stretch in a circle, "what was your favourite trick?"

Week 2

  • Students will be able to balance the plate like an umbrella & stand on one leg, turn in a circle. Spin one poi above their head.
  • Warm up activity: stretches and introduction to program.
  • Aerobic warm up copy along, star jumps, frog shapes, brief stretch, knee circles, wrist circles
  • Plates & Poi
  • Stretch in a circle, "what was your favourite trick?"

Week 3

  • Students will be able to roll the flower stick to a partner & back again, throw a juggling ball one hand to the other in an arc, throw a juggling scarf, spin around & catch it before it hits the ground.
  • Aerobic warm up copy along, star jumps, frog shapes, brief stretch, knee circles, wrist circles
  • Flower stick & Juggling
  • Dynamic stretches

Week 4

  • Students will be able to revisit all four props in a round robin, and choose their favourite to master one trick and perform it back to the group.
  • Aerobic warm up copy along, star jumps, frog shapes, brief stretch, knee circles, wrist circles
  • Round robin: Plates, Poi, Hoops, Flower sticks
  • What was your favorite activity? Go to that station, groups perform to the rest of the group their favourite trick.
  • Dynamic stretches

Curriculum Links

Moving the body
Create and participate in games.

Understanding movement
Incorporate elements of effort, space, time, objects and people in performing simple movement sequences.

Learning Objectives Learning Activities

Week 1

  • Students will be able to twirl the hoop on the floor & Walk around, let go & jump in the middle.
  • Aerobic warm up copy along, star jumps, frog shapes, brief stretch, knee circles, wrist circles
  • Hoops
  • Dynamic shapes & stretches "what was your favourite trick?"

Week 2

  • Students will be able to balance the plate on the stick like an umbrella, turn in a circle, then stand on one leg.
  • Students will be able to Spin one poi above their head.
  • Aerobic warm up copy along, star jumps, frog shapes, brief stretch, knee circles, wrist circles
  • Plates & Poi
  • Dynamic shapes & stretches "what was your favourite trick?"

Week 3

  • Students will roll a flower stick down & up and throw the ball from one hand to the other in an arc. Students will be able to throw a scarf in the air, spin around & catch
  • Aerobic warm up copy along, star jumps, frog shapes, brief stretch, knee circles, wrist circles
  • Flower sticks & Juggling
  • Dynamic shapes & stretches

Week 4

  • Students will choose their favourite circus Prop & practice their favourite trick and perform the trick in a group back to the class.
  • Aerobic warm up copy along, star jumps, frog shapes, brief stretch, knee circles, wrist circles
  • Round Robin Four props
  • Dynamic shapes & stretches

Curriculum Links

Moving the body
Practise and apply movement concepts and strategies.

Understanding movement
Combine the elements of effort, space, time, objects and people when performing movement sequences.

Learning through movement
Apply innovative and creative thinking in solving movement challenges.

Learning Objectives Learning Activities

Week 1

  • Students will be able to spin the hoop on their arm and jump inside the hoop after spinning on floor
  • Aerobic warm up copy along, star jumps, frog shapes, brief stretch, knee circles, wrist circles
  • Hoops
  • Dynamic shapes & stretches "what was your favourite trick"?

Week 2

  • Students will be able to spin a pair of poi & move from same time to split time rhythm.
  • Students will be able to use a spin a plate using the spin start method
  • Aerobic warm up copy along, star jumps, frog shapes, brief stretch, knee circles, wrist circles
  • Plates & Poi
  • Dynamic shapes & stretches "what was your favourite trick?"

Week 3

  • Students will demonstrate a roll down on the flower stick followed by a throw catch at the bottom of the roll.
  • Students will be able to throw a juggling ball under their leg and catch with the opposite hand
  • Aerobic warm up copy along, star jumps, frog shapes, brief stretch, knee circles, wrist circles
  • Flower sticks & Juggling
  • Dynamic shapes & stretches

Week 4

  • Students will demonstrate a mastered trick on their favourite circus prop, and present it to the group.
  • Aerobic warm up copy along, star jumps, frog shapes, brief stretch, knee circles, wrist circles
  • Round Robin, all four circus props
  • Dynamic shapes & stretches

Curriculum Links

Moving the body
Design and perform a variety of movement sequences.

Understanding movement
Participate in physical activities designed to enhance fitness, and discuss the impact of regular participation on health and wellbeing.

Manipulate and modify the elements of effort, space, time, objects and people to perform movement sequences.

Learning Objectives Learning Activities

Week 1

  • Students will be able to spin the hoop on their arm, change hands, spin on their waist.
  • Aerobic warm up copy along, star jumps, side stretch, knee circles, wrist circles
  • Hoops
  • Dynamic shapes & stretches "what was your favourite trick?" "Did you discover any tricks that link together in a flow?"

Week 2

  • Students will be able to spin a plate using the spin start method. Students will pass the plate to a partner onto their stick.
  • Students will be able to spin 2 poi at the same time/split time motion. Spin 1 poi above head and other poi out to their side.
  • Aerobic warm up copy along, star jumps, side stretch, knee circles, wrist circles
  • Plates & Poi (Week 2)
  • Dynamic shapes & stretches "what was your favourite trick?" "Did you discover any tricks that link together in a flow?"

Week 3

  • Students will be able to throw two juggling balls in columns.
  • Students will be able to flip a flower stick & catch it.
  • Aerobic warm up copy along, star jumps, side stretch, knee circles, wrist circles, shoulder/arm circles
  • Flower stick & Juggling
  • Dynamic shapes & stretches
  • Discussion: "how do you feel after the session? what are the benefits of physical activity"

Week 4

  • Students will revisit all four props and master three tricks from their favourite prop.
  • Students will problem solve to link the tricks in a sequence & demonstrate it to the rest of the group.
  • Aerobic warm up copy along, star jumps, side stretch, knee circles, wrist circles, shoulder/arm circles
  • Round Robin: Four props
  • Dynamic shapes & stretches
  • Discussion: "how do you feel after the session? what are the benefits of physical activity"

Secondary School

Curriculum Links

Moving the body
Use feedback to improve body control and coordination when performing specialised movement skills.

Understanding movement
Demonstrate and explain how the elements of effort, space, time, objects and people can enhance performance.

Learning through movement
Practise and apply personal and social skills when undertaking a range of roles in physical activities.

Learning Objectives Learning Activities

Week 1

    Students will be able to Spin a hula hoop on their waist, arm, neck. Execute a single hoop 'weave'
  • Aerobic warm up copy along, star jumps, side stretch, knee circles, wrist circles, shoulder/arm circles
  • Activity week 1 Hoops
  • Dynamic shapes & stretches "what was your favourite trick?"

Week 2

  • Students will be able to spin a plate, and pass the plate to a friend.
  • Students will be able to spin the poi in "butterfly motion"
  • Aerobic warm up copy along, star jumps, side stretch, knee circles, wrist circles, shoulder/arm circles
  • Plates & Poi
  • Dynamic shapes & stretches "what was your favourite trick?"

Week 3

  • Students will be able to flip and catch a flower stick.
  • Students will build their understanding of the concept of juggling three balls, three scarves, and successfully juggle 2 balls.
  • Aerobic warm up copy along, star jumps, jogging on spot, side stretch, knee circles, wrist circles, shoulder/arm circles
  • Flower sticks & Juggling
  • Dynamic stretches

Week 4

  • Students will revisit all four props, choose one skill and three tricks to master in a sequence and present back to the group.
  • Aerobic warm up copy along, star jumps, jogging on spot, side stretch, knee circles, wrist circles, shoulder/arm circles
  • Round Robin all 4 props
  • Dynamic stretches

Curriculum Links

Moving the body
Perform and refine specialised movement skills in challenging movement situations. Develop, implement and evaluate movement concepts and strategies for successful outcomes.

Understanding movement
Analyse the impact of effort, space, time, objects and people when composing and performing movement sequences.

Learning through movement
Transfer understanding from previous movement experiences to create solutions to movement challenges.

Learning Objectives Learning Activities

Week 1

  • Students will be able to Spin a hoop on their waist, perform a weave & skip through, spin the hoop on their hand above their head.
  • Aerobic warm up copy along, star jumps, jogging on spot, side stretch, knee circles, wrist circles, shoulder/arm circles
  • Hoops
  • Dynamic shapes & stretches "what was your favourite trick?" "How many & which of these suggested tricks could link together in a sequence?"

Week 2

  • Students will be able to spin a plate and pass the plate to a partner.
  • Students will be able to spin a pair of poi in butterfly motion.
  • Aerobic warm up copy along, star jumps, jogging on spot, side stretch, knee circles, wrist circles, shoulder/arm circles
  • Plates & Poi
  • Dynamic shapes & stretches "what was your favourite trick?" "How many & which of these suggested tricks could link together in a sequence?"

Week 3

  • Students will build their understanding of the concept of juggling three balls.
  • Students will successfully juggle three scarves, throw the ball behind their back and catch.
  • Aerobic warm up copy along, star jumps, jogging on spot, side stretch, knee circles, wrist circles, shoulder/arm circles
  • Flower sticks & Juggling

Week 4

    Students will choose their favourite prop & master a sequence of 3-5 tricks.
  • Aerobic warm up copy along, star jumps, jogging on spot, side stretch, knee circles, wrist circles, shoulder/arm circles
  • Round Robin four props
  • Dynamic stretches "what adjustments did you make to your juggling/circus prop to achieve a successful execution of a trick?"

Curriculum Links

Key knowledge:

  • Classification of movement skills including fundamental movement skills, sport specific skills, open and closed skills, gross and fine skills, and discrete, serial and continuous motor skills
  • Influences on movement including individual, task and environmental constraints on motor skill development
  • The link between motor skill development and participation and performance
  • Qualitative movement analysis principles (preparation, observation, evaluation and error correction)

Capabilities: Personal & Social

Self-Awareness and Management

  • They develop a realistic sense of their personal strengths and have a realistic assessment of their own achievements and a sense of self-knowledge and self-confidence.
  • They identify personal characteristics and interpret their own emotional states, needs and perspectives.
  • Students develop skills to work independently and to show initiative, learning to be conscientious, delaying gratification and persevering in the face of setbacks and frustrations.

Contact our team today and discuss how we can help you to include circus skills in your school program.

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