Circus tricks teach youngsters

ROLL up, roll up for the crème de la crème.Sidegate Primary School is the first school in Suffolk to host Cirque de Normandy and all week its pupils have been learning the top tricks and skills from authentic circus acts.

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ROLL up, roll up for the crème de la crème.

Sidegate Primary School is the first school in Suffolk to host Cirque de Normandy and all week its pupils have been learning the top tricks and skills from authentic circus acts.

Cirque de Normandy, a traditional French, non-animal family circus that works with schools across France and the UK, will be at the school for the whole week from Monday June 4 to Saturday June 9.


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A big top has been constructed on the school field where the children have learnt a wide range of circus skills, including juggling and plate spinning

Tomorrow and Friday there will an 80-minute performance of traditional acts from mischievous clowns and acrobatics to magic aerialists and jugglers.

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Some 50 lucky children will be picked to join in the show and demonstrate their new skills.

Headteacher Andrew Waterman said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for every child at Sidegate to experience the wonder of the circus and learn new skills. The fact that Cirque de Normandy is a traditional French Circus means that our pupils will also be able to practice their French at the same time.”

There are also two performances on Saturday June 9 at 11am and 3pm that will be open to the public.

A fun day will also be taking place between 10am and 4.30pm, which will include a bouncy castle and face painting.

Sidegate Primary School Association came up with the idea to invite the circus the school in a bid to provide something exciting and creative in the curriculum.

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