Links to Early Years Learning & Development Outcomes
The Drama Toolbox’s “Circus” incursion addresses the following Early Years Learning and Development Outcomes (Birth to 5 years):
Outcome 1: IDENTITY
Children have a strong sense of identity, when they:
- cooperate and work collaboratively with others to perform in a circus and entertain a fictional audience.
Outcome 2: COMMUNITY
Children are connected with and contribute to their world, when they:
- become a circus performer and recognise their specific role eg. clowns make the audience laugh.
Outcome 3: WELLBEING
Children have a strong sense of wellbeing, when they:
- share humour as they become circus performers, do amusing tricks and interact with the ringmaster.
- use physical activity and skills to achieve the movements of the different circus performers eg. prance like ponies, slow and heavy like elephants and balancing on a tightrope.
- respond, through movement, to a range of musical styles and tempos.
Outcome 4: LEARNING
Children are confident and involved learners, when they:
- recognize the specific role of each circus performer eg. tightrope walkers thrill the audience, clowns make the audience laugh.
Outcome 5: COMMUNICATION
Children are effective communicators, when they:
- use verbal (informing the ringmaster to lock the cage when the lions and tigers are escaping) and non-verbal language to engage in the drama workshop.
- listen and respond to the ringmaster’s instructions and commands.