Here at Ark we believe that we should provide much more than just the academic subjects. We offer a wide range of enrichments, both during and after school.
All pupils participate in an enrichment session each Friday; when we were designing the options from which each child can choose, pupils were polled to determine what they would be interested in. It was important to us that children can engage in activities – of their own choosing and direction, as far as possible – that offered them chances to try out experiences that are fun, enriching and useful.
Our guiding principles were:
- To build confidence and self-esteem
- To develop teamwork skills
- To explore and experiment with different forms of art, crafts or STEM activities
- To learn new skills
- To solve problems
- To experience activities that would not be available to them
The range of activities varies each term but can include: origami, Italian, sports, junk modelling, drama, debate and more.
Examples of typical enrichment options
|KS1||Drama||Team Games||Sports Skills||Art||Craft||Gardening||Puzzles|
|Lower KS2||Board and card games||Mindfulness||Arts||Italian||Crafts||Singing||Dance|
|Upper KS2||German||Newspaper||Sewing||Drama||Aerobics||Art and Craft||Music and Dance|
After school clubs
Everyday we host a variety of after school clubs for the children, hosted by our own staff or external providers. The offer can change each term but includes activites as diverse as yogo, sewing, a range of sports, drama and STEM.
We hold four themed weeks per year, one during each term. In Autumn we hold an Art Week, in Spring a STEM week and in Summer we hold a mental health and PE week. These weeks enable pupils to immerse themselves in the subject areas and develop a great sense of community. During these weeks, pupils are involved in class and whole school projects; they go on trips and meet visitors to the school; we discuss potential career paths within the field and celebrate our successes in assemblies.
Ark Academy’s 50 Things- a list loosely based on the National Trust Campaign 50 things to do before you are 11 ¾ - provides experiences beyond the classroom, not by adopting a tokenistic forest school label, but by creating a sustainable approach to outdoor learning embedded through whole-school involvement and enthusiastic staff and pupils.
We provide a pathways programme which gives the pupils opportunities to consider their school path as well as paths into future education and a career of their choice. This includes university visits, guest speakers and careers days.