Cultural Capital and Enrichment

“At ARK Little Ridge our children will be secure in the knowledge of who they are, where they come from and confident in looking to where they will go next.”

 

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.

 

School Journey

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.

Clubs

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