Circus Workshops for Schools

Suitable for Early Years, Independent, Primary, Secondary & 6th Form.

Whether you would like all the children in the school to experience an introduction to circus skills or you would prefer to give more time for older children to learn and develop their talents, TK Arts can provide you with a creative, educational and fun-filled experience.

The main objective of our circus skills workshops for schools, is to have fun and to learn and develop some new and existing skills. Group work will feature strongly, including the building of trust, teamwork and skill-sharing.
Children with concentration and/or behavioural difficulties often co-operate well in this novel situation and focus for longer periods. Few children will have had the opportunity to build circus skills, so they will all start at the same point, discovering their own strengths and limitations in this area.
Although Tom will lead the workshops himself and he’s experienced and skilled in teaching large groups, the more staff who are able to assist and encourage the children, the better the learning experience for all.
Children will explore their learning styles (auditory, kinaesthetic and visual) and work together to perform a small demo/sketch to be performed at the end of the workshop.
The performance of circus skills can give a tremendous sense of achievement and confidence. Children quickly learn to perform skills neither they nor their audience would have thought possible.

We work indoors & outdoors

Circus Workshops require a large indoor space, preferably a gymnasium or hall. Classrooms are okay for all skills except the diabolo, as this needs more height. Workshops can be held outside on grassed areas (not concrete), though some circus skills are more difficult to learn in windy weather.

If you let us know how many classes you have and the number of children in each class, along with your day’s times (start, break, lunch, end of day), we will devise a structured programme of learning for your Senior Leadership Team.

Tom teaches balance skills with peacock feathers

TK Arts circus workshop at a secondary school
Children were engaged, calm and full of smiles - as well as juggling skills!

Tom not only arrived early but dedicated his lunchtime to sharing his skills with the whole school. Children were engaged, calm and full of smiles – as well as juggling skills!

Chloe BurnettActing Deputy HeadRolvenden Primary School
Tom was extremely professional and filled the children with enthusiasm.

Tom was extremely professional and filled the children with enthusiasm. The circus skills workshop was very hands-on and there were lots of varied activities for the children to take part in. We all really enjoyed ourselves.

Lauren BoveYr 2 LeadThe Oaks Infant SchoolSittingbourne
Tom's...dedication to making it a success and his rapport with the children, were a testament to his years of experience and qualifications

Tom’s organisation of the day, his dedication to making it a success and his rapport with the children, were a testament to his years of experience and qualifications. His circus workshops in the morning were enjoyed by the whole school and his calm in the chaotic afternoon party, would make me recommend him to anyone looking for his skill set. Thank you.

Jayne Russellthe former PTFA ChairGoudhurst And Kilndown C Of E Primary
The day was outstanding. The children were captivated by the demonstrations and loved the workshops.

The day was outstanding. The children were captivated by the demonstrations and loved the workshops. To see the joy on faces, and audience alike, when spinning plates were tossed and juggled, was priceless. The children were wonderfully supportive of each other and were all made to feel special by the easy manner and guidance of the instruction and teaching.
It was a fabulous experience and highly recommended – to remind us of the spirit and wonder of childhood fun. Thank you.

Patrick GushHeadteacherBeechwood Sacred Heart School
He was reasonably priced and had all the equipment needed for the day. Thank you for a great day.

Tom came to Astor college for a day as part of our activities week in the Summer of 2015. We wanted students to get a chance to learn new skills and work as part of a group as well as individuals. Tom had planned out the day so students had different activities to do over the day and were engaged throughout. He demonstrated all skills, with humour and fun.
Students got to try all the skills and worked in groups at the end to show case their favourite skills and what they had learnt. During his demonstrations he brought students up to participate, which was fun for all the students involved and was a great way to break the ice. He was reasonably priced and had all the equipment needed for the day. Thank you for a great day.

Anna FenwickDeputy Director of Year 9Astor College
Wow! What a fantastic Circus Skills day we had as part of our Enrichment week.

Wow! What a fantastic Circus Skills day we had as part of our Enrichment week. Everyone at Clearwater can now juggle, balance feathers and spin plates. It was a fantastic day learning lots of new skills and some slapstick comedy, though we need some practise, Mums and Dads. I am sure you will enjoy listening to it all this evening!

Clearwater AcademyGloucester
A thoroughly enjoyable...Well-organised, efficient and superb variety of completely entertaining activities!

A thoroughly enjoyable one hour session for each of three classes. Well-organised, efficient and superb variety of completely entertaining activities!

Sarah McLeodTeacherThe Oaks Infant SchoolKent
We were delighted to welcome Tom Kellett from TK Arts to the school

We were delighted to welcome Tom Kellett from TK Arts to the school – he has been running circus events for children for over 20 years and shared his enthusiasm and skills with us all. The Junior School swapped lessons for circus activities on their first day of the new term and the Senior School were entertained and had the chance to have a go during their lunch break.
First up was developing balance skills with a huge peacock feather. All the children showed their balancing skills, managing to walk and jump with the feather on their hand, finger and even chin! Next it was spinning plates on a stick and doing multiple plate spins with Tom. This is harder than it looks but lots of children (but not many teachers) could do it.
Holding the stick vertically and moving it correctly are important foundation skills. Juggling balls and bean bags came next. You have to practice throwing with your left and right hands so that the balls always go to the same height – in front of you and just above your eye level. It’s much harder that it looks. Some skilled children did succeed with three balls – well done!
Tom could juggle items around his legs and throw and catch it with ease. It looks so easy but you just try it. How do you stage a pretend fight between clowns and or make the audience think you have stamped on the other clowns foot? In fact it is all an illusion because you miss the other but the audience cannot see exactly what happened.
This seemed to be the favourite activity at the event. The children worked in pairs to develop a short show involving tripping, punching and stamping on each other (not really). After several practices there was a chance for five teams to present their skills to everyone else.
This was very funny with several teams showing their well developed dramatic skills and some having an amusing script as well with voice accents thrown in. Well done to our school’s budding circus performers. All too soon it was over and time to get back to normal lessons. But next time we go to the circus the girls will be on the lookout for clown fights and skilled juggling.
We now know how to juggle but doing it is much harder – it takes lots and lots of practice. Look out for Tom at future PTA events!

Burgess Hill Girls SchoolWest Sussex
The children were engaged throughout the workshop and learnt a variety of skills

The children were engaged throughout the workshop and learnt a variety of skills. The children were provided with good building blocks to scaffold their learning of new skills. The workshops fitted well with the theme of the learning this term.

Jacqueline TysoeUpper School Team LeaderThe Downs CEP School
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