Roll up! Roll up!

Teachers and pupils at Penhale Infant School and Nursery in Fratton are overjoyed with their latest Ofsted
inspection Picture: Annie Lewis

School celebrates after being named ‘good’ once more

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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.

Steady as you go - (left to right) Sam Cooper (7), Ringmaster Tom Webber (7) and Charlie Spry (7)

Steady as you go - (left to right) Sam Cooper (7), Ringmaster Tom Webber (7) and Charlie Spry (7)

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.’

Tyler Ware (6)

Tyler Ware (6)

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.’