Our new experiential programme working with primary schools to better understand and promote Healthy Relationships using an arts-based approach.

Shifting Point

Run in collaboration with Tender, Shifting Point is delivered as weekly sessions across 6-weeks or as a week’s intensive for Year 5 students. Closely linked to the PSHE curriculum it is designed to help children:

  • communicate and collaborate with their peers
  • better able to express positive and negative emotions that affect their collaborative work
  • listen and respond with empathy to different perspectives
  • learn new skills that stretch the boundaries of what they believe they can achieve
  • understand the components of healthy and unhealthy relationships, and where to access support.

Teachers and school staff:

  • Become more skilled and resourced for Healthy Relationship education
  • Feel more confident using arts-based approaches to teach Healthy Relationships.

Made possible with funding through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Hands are pressed, palm to palm, with a perspex screen between them. There are reflections, lights spots and scratches covering the surface.
Four performers are embracing arms in pairs. They cross each other so their arms form a X, lights shine above them as they smile.

A brilliantly exciting new way of teaching physics to KS2 children through aerial flying!

Flying into Physics

Using exciting and creative aerial techniques to explore physical forces, Flying into Physics makes science approachable and accessible for a wide range of KS2 learners, including those who struggle with more traditional methods, to feel inspired and enjoy learning science and engineering.

This programme is offered free to primary schools in the London Boroughs of: Islington, Camden, Barnet, Brent, and Hammersmith and Fulham.

The programme is available in 2 versions:

  • Demonstration model: a 2 hour session where the principles of physics are demonstrated by aerial artists with some participation from the students. 
  • Practical model: pupils will get to actively take part across 3 aerial sessions applying physical aerial movement to learn physics.

What do you get for FREE? 

  • Teacher CPD session with Science Specialist 
  • Teachers Aerial session*
  • Flying into Physics sessions for young people focussing on exploring flying, exploring forces at play & exploring pulleys, pulley systems & levers*

*please note the details of the offer are dependent on the model chosen for delivery 

If you’re interested and would like to receive further information please contact Søren Nielsen (Executive Director & Project Lead) on soren@scarabeus.co.uk 

This programme is offered free thanks to the generous support of John Lyon’s Charity, The Portal Trust, The Armourers and Brasiers’ Gauntlet Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Ogden Trust, The Vintners Foundation and Manly Trust. Please contact us at the email address below to see if your school is eligible.

Image by Gigi Giannella, video by Chloë Plumb.

Flying Families is a FREE programme of creative and physical aerial workshops for grown-ups and their children. A great way of bonding deeply with your child and building self-confidence while learning fun new skills in a safe, supportive and non-judgemental environment.

Flying Families

Flying Families is a great way for grown-ups and children to spend quality time together and meet other local families with children of a similar age. We welcome families that are often living under difficult circumstances or that have complex needs, working with them to form stronger bonds, feel less stressed and anxious, and more able to have fun as a family.

We work with Primary Schools in London, offering a free weekly after-school programme across 8-weeks, exploring aerial skills using cocoons, yoga for adults & children, fun theatre games, outdoor adventures in Queen’s Woods and finishing off with some relaxation techniques.

If you want to bring Flying Families to your school please contact Daniela at daniela@scarabeus.co.uk

This programme is offered free thanks to the support by the National Lottery Community Fund.

Images by Gigi Giannella and Sky Neal, video by Sky Neal.

Providing children an introduction to the art of aerial theatre.

Airborne

A 10 week programme, Airborne aims to increase children’s physical literacy, building their inner trust and self-belief through improving their confidence and competence.

Children feel better able to express themselves through non-competitive movement and working together as a team. They learn to make and relate to new friends, and feel more connected within the school environment. By having fun, pleasure and enjoyment in an activity that promotes positive challenges, children acquire the motivation and determination to overcome mental and physical obstacles and fears.

Made possible with funding from the John Lyon’s Charity.

A FREE year-long inclusive aerial acrobatics programme for young people ages 13-25.

Take Flight

Our inclusive programme for young people aged 13-25, where you’ll be introduced to aerial acrobatics, physical theatre and choreography to explore and develop aerial skills.

You’ll get to try exciting movements on:

  • Elastic cocoons
  • Silks
  • Hoop
  • Chinese Pole

This is a progressive programme, which is FREE and requires commitment.

Sessions every Wednesday (term time), 4.30-6.30pm
Held in Main Hall, at Caxton House Community Centre, 129 St John’s Way, London, N19 3RQ

To book your place or join the waitlist please contact us:
soren@scarabeus.co.uk or call 020 3620 2325

Supported by BBC Children in Need, Cloudesley, NCEL CYPMH Winter Pressures fund, National Lottery Awards for All, City Bridge Trust, the Co-op Local Community Fund and Caxton House Community Centre.

Image by Henri T, video by Seb Whyte, Whispering Rebel – with thanks to Media Trust.

Our virtual library of online movement classes created by our amazing tutors can be found here.

I Love Moving – online classes

Our brilliant teachers have created a variety of uplifting classes, during the Covid-19 lockdowns, to release tension, grow strength and stamina, deepen flexibility and mobility, but above all make us happy through movement from the cosiness of our homes, free as if we were breathing fresh sea air at the beach.

View our I Love Moving online classes here.

A collection of movement pieces created by the participants of the online classes delivered by the wonderful Lauren Carter; these zoom sessions kept our young people from Take Flight gleefully engaged throughout lockdown.

Image by Sky Neal.

Exodus (KS2) Project brought together groups of migrant and non-migrant communities to explore and aid communication between communities, improve understanding and challenge negative perceptions around refugee arrivals.

Exodus KS2

Using images, objects and physical theatre games as a starting point we were able to tell the stories of these communities.

Pupils participating in the project developed a variety of physical and creative skills through the application of yoga, aerial harness and cocoon and physical theatre.

Exodus was made possible with the support from Awards for All, Swan Mountain Trust, John Lyons Charity and Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

For more information on the Exodus project please see Secondary School Projects.

Images by Mark Morreau and Chloë Plumb, video by Chloë Plumb.

Exodus (KS3) Project brought together groups of migrant and non-migrant communities to explore and aid communication between communities, improve understanding and challenge negative perceptions around refugee arrivals.

Exodus KS3

Using images, objects and physical theatre games as a starting point we were able to tell the stories of these communities.

Pupils participating in the project developed a variety of physical and creative skills through the application of yoga, aerial harness and cocoon and physical theatre.

Exodus was made possible with the support from Awards for All, Swan Mountain Trust, John Lyons Charity and Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Images and video by Mark Morreau.

If not now then when? was an exciting site-specific promenade show inspired by Quentin Blake’s book ‘A Sailing Boat in the Sky’ and The United Nations Convention on the ‘Rights of the Child’.

If not now then when?

If not now then when? was an exciting site-specific promenade show inspired by Quentin Blake’s book ‘A Sailing Boat in the Sky’ and The United Nations Convention on the ‘Rights of the Child’. 

Working with Keys Meadow Primary School’s Year 5 children we explored themes of child labour, warfare, poverty and climate change with a life sized boat travelling around the school, ‘saving’ children from scene-to-scene. The show culminated with an aerial performance in the hall with children suspended above the ground in cocoons – in a call to action for the rights of all children! 

Supported by using public funds from Arts Council England.

Video by Chloë Plumb.

A 3-month visual theatre performance  project, inspired by the book ‘La Mariposa’ by Francisco Jimenez’, working with Keys Meadow Primary Schools’ Year 5 & 6 Pupils.

BE-LONGING

A 3-month visual theatre performance  project, inspired by the book ‘La Mariposa’ by Francisco Jimenez’, working with Keys Meadow Primary Schools’ Year 5 & 6 Pupils. 

Scarabeus worked with the pupils to explore team-building and trust, movement and staging, physical theatre and aerial skills; as well as visual art, costume and set design. 

The project culminated in a performance telling the story of a young migrant who lives in a refugee camp and speaks little English; feeling different and facing isolation at school, our protagonist takes comfort in oversving a caterpillar housed in a jar near his desk that slowly transforms into a butterfly. 

Working with the school, the grounds were transformed into large-scale sets; a refugee camp, a physical border crossing, a factory assembly line and the final scene of suspended aerial cocoons where a number of butterflies hatch and take flight. 

Supported by using public funds from Arts Council England.

Images by Daniela Essart, video by Chloë Plumb.