Cultural Capital and Enrichment
Ark Little Ridge Primary Academy
BEING THE BEST THAT WE CAN BE
What is Cultural Capital?
Cultural capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that a pupil can draw upon and which demonstrates their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence; it is one of the key ingredients a pupil will draw upon to be successful in society, their career and the world of work.
Cultural capital promotes social mobility and success in our stratified society.
Cultural capital gives a pupil power. It helps them achieve goals, become successful, and rise up the social ladder without necessarily having wealth or financial capital.
Cultural capital is having assets that give pupils the desire to aspire and achieve social mobility whatever their starting point.
How do we promote cultural capital at ARK Little Ridge through enrichment?
At ARK Little Ridge we ensure that every child has the chance to access a wealth of experiences, through a variety of ways. We endeavour to ensure that all pupils from Reception up to Year 6 have the opportunity to make termly visits to the surrounding community and beyond. We take advantage of our prime position on the south coast and enable our children to experience all that it has to offer in terms of its social, historical and geographical content. We plan for our lessons and extra-curricular activities to be broad and enriching.
We believe that learning from first hand experience is very powerful and provides lasting impact.
All visits link to the topic-based approach to learning that we promote at ARK Little Ridge. For example, children have visited the Hastings and Bexhill Museum as a part of the history focus on uncovering the past. Children studying animal habitats have visited Drusilla’s Park, looking at where animals live. Children have taken part in a dance festivals with the local secondary school to showcase their talents. Children compete in the town’s music festival and can experience performance in front of a live audience.
We invite experts into our school to work with our children, including novelists, dramatists, artists, musicians, foreign language experts and representatives from local services. Experts inspire our children to learn through sharing their passion for their subject area, which can raise our children’s aspirations for their future career
In addition to this, we organise special events, curriculum days, and family events to enrich our pupils’ lives and challenge them to aspire to be people who leave a mark on the world.
In Year 6, the pupils have the opportunity to join the School Journey in the Summer Term. This action- packed week is full of challenge, fun and excitement with outdoor activities, night-time activities and sports to keep them actively stimulated. It is a wonderful chance for them to develop teamwork skills outside of the classroom in a new environment. The children develop their independence and prepare themselves even more for secondary school life.
Children are offered the opportunity to part different extra-curricular clubs and activities. These are often oversubscribed and offer all children a wonderful opportunity to develop interests and skills. The school uses a range of external providers that bring expertise and specialisms to our extra-curricular activities. Teacher and support staff also lead clubs each term which allows us to offer a range of clubs throughout the week.
Clubs that have been offered are:
Football, Multiskills, Dance, Netball, Art and Craft, Zumba, Karate, Maths, Reading, Choir, Cricket, Gardening, Gymnastics, Forest School
Learning beyond the classroom
Learning beyond the classroom
Receptiion pupils visiting the Rare Breeds Centre
Reception classes visiting Herstmonceux Science Centre
Y1 visiting Blue Reef Aquarium
Y2 visiting Drusillas
Embracing the local environment
Y3 Nature Walk to Old Roar Ghyll
Y3 visiting Bexhill Museum
Y4 visiting Bexhill Museum
Y5 toasting marshmallows at RSPCA Mallydam Wood
Bringing history to life
Y6 visiting Dungerness
Ark Schools 'Spring into Spring' rehearsal at Cecil Sharp House, London
Cecil Sharp House, London, 'Sing into Spring' Rehearsal
Y6 visiting Rye Harbour Reserve
Time to Dance Festival at White Rock Theatre
Learning from visitors
Learning from visitors
East Sussex Fire and Rescue provide workshops for Y2 and Y5 pupils
Visit by Olympic Long Jumper
Meeting people who help run our town and community
Eygyptian Road Show with Professor Potts
The Reading Bus visits Ark Little Ridge
Learning new skills
Local Author and Illustrator visit Ark Little Ridge
Y2 learning about the Great Fire of London through a Drama Workshop
Jaws and Claws - animal handling roadshow
Y6 Bikeability Training
Appreciation and love of music
Y6 World War II Roadshow
Y3 Science Roadshow from Herstmonceux Science Centre
Y4 Roman Workshop - learning through drama
Cricket Roadshow with 'Chance to Shine'
Y4 recorders with East Sussex Music Service
Violin Lessons with East Sussex Music Service
Guitar lessons with East Sussex Music Service
Meeting Lindsay Littleson,Author
Body Percussion Workshop with 'The Beat Goes On'
Being part of the local community
Supporting Doms Food Mission
Harvest Festival supporting Hastings Foodbank
Community Christmas Sining at the Conquest Hospital
Hastings Schools Cluster Hockey Tournament
Hastings Schools Cluster Indoor Athletics
Hastings Schools Cluster Rackets Tournament
Hastings Schools Cluster Orienteering
Participating in the Time to Dance Festival at the White Rock Theatre
Walk to School competition winners 2019
Hastings Schools Cluster Netball
Y4 participate in the Hastings Music Festival with their Recorders
Sandown Primary Schools Cross Country
School Choir taking part in the Hastings 'Big Sing'
Receiving pries from the Rotary Club of St Leonards for their writing competition entries
A thank you from a grateful parent
Sports Stars - Hastings Town Sports
Thanking our NHS
School Business Manager, Dean Lennard, and son Adam performing electric guitar demonstration
Paul Sedgwick demonstrating the uilleann pipes
Local schools dance festival: Time to Dance at White Rock Theatre
Rotary Club Young Writer Competition entrants
Supporting Children in Need
Planning and running charity events
KS1 sports day
KS2 sports day
Celebrating World Book Day
Thanking our NHS
School Christmas Lunch
Celebrating different faiths and cultures
Y6 Graduation - socially distanced!
Y6 end of year production
Celebrating wellebing day in a class bubble
Celebrating wellbeing day remotely
Parent Staff Association (PSA)
Raising school funds and forging relationships with our school community
After school activities
Boom Active after school Team Games
Y5/6 Football Club
Y5/6 Netball Club
Performing at the local theatre
Dance cub at 'Time to Dance Festival' Hastings