PSHE KS3 & KS4/GCSE: Children working in Russian circuses (pt 1/3)

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 spends time rehearsing with 15-year-old Artem Averyushkin, who has been performing in the circus since he was two years old and now works with his parents Andrei and Olga and his older brother, who is a juggler and musical performer.

This explores the challenges that children face from the intensive training required and how that is balanced with their education and social lives.

This clip is from the series Children at Work: Circus.

Teacher Notes

Initiate a discussion about anything in the clip that may cause concern among the viewers in the classroom.

Are child performers being exploited? Are the rights of circus animals being considered?

Students could research UK legislation covering circuses and child labour laws.

Compare their findings with laws in other countries.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is relevant for teaching PSHE at KS3 and GCSE. This topic appears in Edexcel, AQA, KS3 and GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland, and SQA National 4 and 5 in Scotland.

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