Physical Literacy and Playing with Purpose
Physical activity primes the brain for learning, contributes to physical literacy, and leads to a healthy lifestyle.
Ridley’s physical education programme is designed to focus on fundamental skill development and build competence and confidence in a wide range of activities. In addition, physical literacy clubs are offered throughout the year to help improve overall athleticism and develop both transferrable and sport-specific skills.
Health and physical education are organized into three distinct but related strands:
- Active Living
Competency in each strand is built on living skills — the personal, interpersonal, critical, and creative thinking skills that enable learning in health and physical education to be personally relevant. Students learn by applying these skills in a variety of physical contexts that relate to their everyday lives.
We also promote physical literacy by providing students with a variety of opportunities to develop their movement skills through purposeful play in a natural environment. The design of our all-natural playscape was based on a new pedagogical paradigm for play and learning. Research indicates that nature play inspires physical growth and development by encouraging creative play, problem solving, and fundamental movement skills. In addition, the natural environment promotes early science learning and demonstrates sustainability principles.