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Clowning around at Lothingland Middle

PUBLISHED: 11:39 06 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:34 05 July 2010

THERE has been a lot of clowning around at Lothingland Middle School.

But this was exactly what the teachers expected of the children as the Foolhardy Circus came to town.

THERE has been a lot of clowning around at Lothingland Middle School.

But this was exactly what the teachers expected of the children as the Foolhardy Circus came to town.

As part of the school's activities week at Jay Lane, in Lound, pupils in year five and six decided they wanted to learn the skills to entertain an audience.

So staff invited the circus with their Big Top to camp out in the school grounds.

Boys and girls were split into two groups as many learnt how to stage manage, make sets and clown faces, while the others were challenged to perform.

Beryl Banester, head of year six, who organised the activity with fellow teacher Angela Howlett, said: “We got in touch with the Foolhardy Circus and employed them for the week to teach the children circus skills with a performance in front of parents on the Friday afternoon. Half of the children chose to be performers and the other half preferred to be behind the scenes.”

Children backstage got to design posters, report on the performer's progress and provide the backdrop, while others were spilt into groups to learn a particular skill, which included clowning around, Diablo, juggling, trapeze and walking on stilts.

“They did their piece interspersed with some slapstick comedy. It's the first time we've ever had an activities week but they had a great time,” said Mrs Banester.

Other activities available during the week included a break at an activity centre in Hastings, archery and tap dancing.

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