Hi, I’m Phil Blackmore, the Circus Days workshop leader.
I am one of the UK’s top jugglers, and a full-time professional circus skills performer and instructor.
I’ve dedicated my life to learning, performing and teaching circus skills, and would like the opportunity to share some of that expertise with your pupils.
I can spend the whole day at your school running exciting interactive workshops where all the children get to join in and feel a sense of achievement.
My circus days foster confidence, concentration, fitness and co-ordination…and of course are great fun!!!
About the circus day
My circus days are suitable for all ages and abilities from Nursery to year 6 (including SEN, Special schools and pupil referral units).
The day begins with a 30 minute assembly in which I demonstrate the skills the children are going to learn and I also perform some amazing juggling to inspire them. It’s full of fun and laughter, and the children always come away from the assembly excited, engaged and ready to try all the skills for themselves.
- tight wire walking
- scarf juggling
- peacock feather balancing
- plate spinning
- dancing ribbons
After the assembly I take classes in the school hall for the rest of the day (don’t worry I can move everything completely out of the way for lunchtime).
The lessons are tailored to the age and ability of the children, and the time available.
For years two and above I usually teach scarf juggling, feather balancing and plate spinning to the whole class as a structured lesson with everyone learning the same activity together. The classes then end with free time for the pupils to try the different skills on their own while I help the children on the tightwire.
Nursery, reception and year one classes have completely structured lessons so we can ensure they get the most out of the time, and every one of them gets to go across the tightwire!
If there is time we can also finish the day with an assembly where the children can show the rest of the school and invited parents the different skills they have learned.
Lesson times are completely flexible depending on your timetable and requirements.
60-90 minute workshops are highly recommended and very popular.
However I also often do a whole school in one day with a 30 minute assembly, then 30 minute sessions throughout the day.
Alternatively I can spend a full or half day with one class.
If you have too many pupils for one day or would prefer longer sessions I can do two or more days at the same school.
At least one other teacher will need to be present at all times.
I can usually do up to 6-7 classes in one day, about 200-245 children maximum.
Class sizes are generally limited to a maximum of 35 pupils.
I can supply risk assessments if required and have full public liability insurance.
If you would like to book me for a circus day at your school please get in touch soon. I can get booked up far in advance and wouldn’t want you to miss out.
You can email me, or if you prefer please feel free to text or call to discuss how I can help you.