Wednesday 18th September: Y5 start circus skills

Year 5 will be doing circus skills this term. They will be working with coaches from Norwich-based circus company Lost in Translation for a 10 week block developing the circus and performance skills they started last year.  The course was launched with a visit to Oak Circus Centre on Coslany Street where LiT are based. The children had a tour of the space, watched a skills demo from the coaches, put their questions to the team in a Q&A before taking part in three skills assessments.  The coaches will come to Wensum from next Wednesday to run the sessions.  Enjoy the gallery.

Tuesday 23rd – Group B circus showcase

Circus skills Group B deliver a superb showcase.  Despite Mr H having lost the footage of the routines from the previous session (!!!) the three groups remembered  their routines. They dusted them off, tweaked and refined them and then delivered them with panache!  Thanks to the amazing tutors from Lost in Translation for their hard work with our kids this year.  We look forward to working with them again in September!

Tuesday 9th July – circus showcase

The three circus skills groups from Dolphin, Armes, Turner and Sycamore held their showcase today.  They met at 11am to finalise routines and carry out last minute rehearsals then presented to the rest of the school in the main hall at 2.30pm.  Three superb routines displaying high levels of teamwork, athleticism, resilience and bravery.  A huge thanks to all the Lost in Translation tutors who have coached the kids over the last half year.

Thursday 13th December – Circus and print making workshop

As part of the city’s Circus 250 celebrations, our friends, the Norwich-based circus company Lost in Translation, hosted a day of circus skills and traditional print making.  40 children spent the day at LiT’s Oak Circus Centre base on Coslany Street.  Matt led heritage sessions on juggling, trapeze and trampoline before leading workshops in these disciplines with LiT founder Annabel.  Norwich-based print collective Print to the People led sessions on traditional printing as children created fantastical circus personas for themselves and prepared these for print from traditional carved wooden printing letter blocks.  Enjoy the gallery.

 

Wednesday 11th July – circus performance day arrives

Y6’s big day has arrived.  They have been developing their circus skills since January through weekly sessions with LiT tutors, then finalising plans for their performance with Casus Circus over the past three weeks.  Today they met at 8.45am at the Big Top in Chapelfield Gardens for the performance.  The morning was taken up with a technical rehearsal (lights, music, stage positioning), full run through, and final rehearsals for individual and team routines.  Children from Lakenham and The Steiner School were also on the bill.  At 1.30pm, the performance started with the children performing to an audience of well over 300.  It was a superb performance and a wonderful showcase of their hard work this year.  Speaking to the children backstage after the show their thoughts were clear:  we want to do that again, now!

Thanks to families for their support, and to the inspirational tutors from Lost in Translation Circus and Casus Circus.  If you are inspired to see more circus then please click here for a programme of the circus performances taking place this weekend as part of the Circus 250 Festival of Circus.  Click here for the article from the EDP.

Below are four galleries covering the day.  Please scroll down.  Enjoy

Morning warm-up

Technical rehearsal

Backstage

Performance

Tuesday 10th July – final preparations for the circus performance

Casus delivered their last session with Y6 ahead of tomorrow’s big schools showcase in Chapelfield Gardens.  Although some of the children were on their high school transition, which had an impact on some of the paired routines, the skill level of the children was very impressive, and there was a very purposeful and happy atmosphere in each of the groups.  Can’t wait for tomorrow.

Thursday 28th June – second session with Casus

Working intensively over consecutive days is important as it helps the children develop their ‘physical memory’, embedding the routines so they become second nature.  The peer showcase at the end of the second session showed how far they had come in just two days.  Not only are they increasingly skillful and coordinated, but they are also clearly enjoying themselves!