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CLIP 13597

Daily lives of children working in Russian circuses (pt 2/3)

Daily lives of children working in Russian circuses (pt 2/3)

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Key Info
  • Daily lives of children working in Russian circuses (pt 2/3)
  • Duration: 09:36
  • Zachariah Fletcher, a 21-year old actor whose parents were circus performers, travels to Kharkov in Ukraine where he joins Russian circus family the Averyushkins on tour. Zach makes the 500 mile journey back to their home in Moscow where Artem attends school for an assessment, and Zach explores how growing up as a professional circus performer has affected Artem's childhood. Zach asks whether circus life and family life really are compatible with each other and explores the challenges that children face from the intensive training required and how that is balanced with their education and social lives. First broadcast in the Learning Zone on BBC2 in March 2012 as part of the series Children at Work.
  • Subject:

    Citizenship and Modern Studies


    Rights: Human Legal Consumer

  • Keywords: global links, trade, circus, circus training, exploitation, opportunities, aspirations, education, Russia, Moscow, lifestyle, clowns, performance, ChildrenAtWork.
Ideas for use in class
  • This could be used as a stimulus to discuss the level of education received by circus children in Russia. The children could debate whether the intensive training given to circus children is beneficial to their development – link to human rights and the UNCRC. They could compare circus family life with UK experiences – to investigate similarities and differences. Areas covered in the curriculum include: Political, legal and human rights, and responsibilities of citizens (Key Stages 3 and 4). Role of media in informing and influencing public opinion (KS3 and 4). The economy in relationship to citizenship (KS4). Challenges facing the global community – debates on inequality (KS4). Should be used in conjunction with 13596 and 13598.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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