Lower School
Student Life

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:
  • Identity
  • Active Living
  • Interactions
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.
P.O. Box 3013, 2 Ridley Road St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 7C3 Canada 905 684 1889
With more than 700 students from 60 countries, the largest boarding programme in Ontario and the third largest in Canada, Ridley College is a truly international, co-educational, day and boarding school of the world that prepares students for the world. It has provided enriching learning and life-shaping experiences focused on the arts, academics, and athletics since 1889. Ridley’s Lower School offers JK-Grade 8, its Upper School consists of Grade 9-PG, and Ridley graduates attend some of the top universities and colleges around the world. Ridley is the only   co-ed independent boarding school in Canada and one of only three in North America authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum programme.