At Ark Kings Academy, we are passionate about offering children a range of activities and experiences to enrich their learning. These range from educational visits, visitors in school, workshops, opportunities to learn a musical instrument, being a member of a sports team and after-school clubs.

Recently, we were proud winners at the Ark Teacher Summit 2019 of the Most Creative School of the Year award! We were recognised for the creative and enriching experiences we offer our children!

 

This page provides further information on the enrichment opportunities we offer our pupils. Please contact your child’s class teacher or Mr. Taylor for further information.

 

The Arts

We are proud to offer our pupils opportunities to engage in the Arts.

Recently, we hosted BAFTA Kids in our school where Blue Peter’s Lindsey Russell and Children’s Match of the Day’s Ben Shires delivered a day of TV presenting masterclasses and careers Q&A sessions for our pupils.

          

In October 2019, we hosted an all-through family theatre trip to see Oliver! at the Stourbridge Town Hall Theatre.

        

Our next theatre visit is on Thursday 23rd January 2020, where Key Stage 2 pupils will be going to the Beauty and the Beast Pantomime!

Each term in school, pupils watch productions from pop up theatre companies. On Tuesday 17th December, pupils watched Snow White!

    

On Thursday 2nd April 2020, pupils will be watching  Jack and the Beanstalk!

We are also proud that all of our pupils in Key Stage 2 learn to play a musical instrument. In Year 3, pupils learn the recorder. In Year 4, they learn to play the djembe drums and in Years 5 and 6, they learn the ukulele through tuition from Services for Education.

Workshops

To further immerse our pupils into their curriculum studies, we host workshops where pupils have the opportunity to spend a day engaging in creative activities, applying their knowledge and skills from lessons.

    

  

Year 3 Egyptian Workshop from Humph's Histories – Monday 9th December 2019

 

Upcoming workshops:

Year 4 Viking Workshop – Thursday 6th February 2020

 

Spring After-school Clubs

Spring 1 Clubs

Mondays: Bootcamp (Years 1-3)

Mondays: Basketball squad training (Years 5 and 6)

Wednesdays: Bootcamp (Years 4-6)

 

Autumn After-school Clubs included:

Year 1 and 2 Dodgeball, Year 1 and 2 Funky Fingers, Year 3 and 4 Football, Year 3 and 4 Gymnastics, Year 5 Football Team, Year 6 Dodgeball, Year 5 and 6 Dancercise, Years 3 – 6 Book Club, Years 3 – 6 Drama.

     

Sports and Fitness

In addition to our PE lessons and after-school sports clubs, we promote healthy lifestyles by offering our pupils additional sports engagements opportunities. We participate in Walk to School Week each year, as well as arrange exciting sports workshops for our pupils, including fencing and tennis.

Recently, we were pleased to welcome Commonwealth gold medallist sprinter Leon Baptiste into our school to run high intensity fitness workouts with our pupils!

     

Personal Development

Lots of our pupils have been participating in the TeamworX Project run by the West Midlands Fire and Police services. The project immerses children in a range of activities, enabling them to build confidence and raise aspirations!

TeamworX Graduation, December 2019.

 

Educational Visits

Over the course of the year, we take our pupils on off-site educational visits. These range from visits to the farm to local museums. Our 2019-2020 visits offer will be sent out to parents in the Autumn term.

We encourage all pupils to attend these visits, as not only are they highly engaging learning experiences for our pupils, but they also provide our children with vital cultural capital they need as they grow up.

Upcoming visits in Spring 1 include:

Years 3 to 6 Young Voices Concert - Tuesday 21st January 2020

Years 3 to 6 Pantomime Visits – Thursday 23rd January 2020

Year 3 visit to Cadbury World - Monday 23rd March 2020

Year 4 visit to the Ancient High House - Thursday 30th April 2020

Year 1 visit to Warwick Castle - Tuesday 5th May 2020

 

Residential Visit

Pupils in Year 6 have the opportunity to go to Blackwell Adventure for three days in the summer. This is an exciting opportunity for the children to take part in a wide variety of activities that improve confidence, develop new skills and create wonderful memories. The activities include challenges such as orienteering, abseiling, climbing, zip wire and team games.

Parent information session: Monday 14th October, 2.45pm – 3.15pm

This visit will take place Wednesday 10th – Friday 12th July 2020

Here are some photos from last year’s residential!