FOR once, schoolchildren were given licence to clown around.
Pupils at Solent Infant School, in Eveleigh Road, Farlington, put on a spectacular show after taking part in a circus skills workshop week.
Children aged four to seven learned how to juggle, spin plates, ride mini bikes and walk the tightrope.
Year 2 student Sam Cooper, seven, was standing tall on his stilts.
He said: ‘I started on the wooden ones at the beginning of the week then moved onto the metal ones.
‘The first time I went on it was scary and sometimes I was wobbling. But with practice I was better.’
Max Cobby, seven, learnt how to ride a mini bike.
He said: ‘I picked the bike because it looked like fun and I wanted to do it. I’ve enjoyed the classes a lot.’
Each day children spent 40 minutes practising their circus tricks with professional group Shooting Stars Circus Skills, which tours the country.
Yesterday, reception class, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils performed three separate shows to parents.
Headteacher Lucy Wilby said: ‘The children get to gain confidence with this annual circus skills week.
‘We incorporate it into the curriculum – for instance they will do creative writing about what they are doing.’