When children and families’ cultures are valued, both the child’s experience of learning and progress can benefit (Husain et al., 2018, p. 4 and Gazzard, E. 2018 in Chalmers, H. and Crisfield, E. 2019).
Cultural Capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that a child 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 allows children, no matter what their starting point in life, to have the desire to aspire to great things and achieve social mobility. It provides children with life experiences, foundations for success and the ability to achieve goals without the need for financial capital or wealth.
At Grove Street Primary School, we are passionate about ensuring all of our children are aware of the opportunities around them and realise that their dreams are never too big. We aim to incorporate Cultural Capital opportunities throughout our curriculum in order to increase children’s self-esteem, well-being, aspirations, discover and nourish hidden talents and give them a positive outlook of the world.
Ofsted define cultural capital as…
“As part of making the judgement about the quality of education, inspectors will consider the extent to which schools are equipping pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.
Our understanding of ‘knowledge and cultural capital’ is derived from the following wording in the national curriculum: ‘It is the essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.’ “
We provide Cultural Capital opportunities through:
- Providing our children with an engaging, broad and balanced curriculum, which is carefully adapted and catered to the needs of our children.
- A variety of extra-curricular activities that will improve engagement, self-esteem and mental and physical well-being.
- Carefully planning a variety of experiences for children to take part in during their time at Grove Street Primary school through ‘100 Things to do before you leave Grove Street’.
- School trips linked to curriculum topics to promote a love of learning and engagement.
- Teaching children key life-skills that they can continue to use throughout Secondary School and further.
- Educating children on different cultures and ways of life and celebrating differences.
- Providing our children with the knowledge of the variety of occupations they can aspire to be through trips, speakers and research.
- Incorporating a ‘real-life’ aspect to each lesson and ensuring the children understand the ‘why’ behind their learning.
- Exposing children to a range of diverse books.
- Incorporating an aspect of ‘Voice 21’ oracy in every lesson to improve our children’s communication, self-esteem and well-being and setting them up for success in life.
As a result, we hope that children will leave us in Year 6 with experiences that they will remember for a lifetime, essential life skills and the view that they can achieve and be whatever they want in life and improve classroom engagement as a result due to the desire to strive for amazing things.