Promoting Cultural Capital – ‘the essential knowledge, those reference points that we want children to have…so for example it’s about being able to learn about and name things that are, for many, outside their daily experience.’
We consider cultural capital to be a golden thread running through our curriculum and is part of our wider curriculum intent. We recognise that we need to give all pupils, particularly disadvantaged pupils and those with SEND the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.
To promote this, we
- Develop a broad, ambitious curriculum – to include people and stories from literature, history, art, and music from various times, places, faiths and cultures. This helps children learn about different traditions and perspectives. Our personal, social, health and relationships education, our SMSC themes, Picture News Worship themes linked to current affairs, together with topical conversations also support this.
- Invite speakers or hold workshops which reflect different walks of life. Speakers will share their experiences, skills, talents and expertise with the children e.g., scientists, engineers, authors, local community representatives, a string quartet.
- Organise trips to museums, theatres, cultural events, and heritage sites.
- Maintain strong links with other educational organisations e.g., Oundle Private School to access their facilities on science and maths days and their teaching expertise.
- Acknowledge and celebrate various cultural festivals and holidays. This can involve special assemblies, activities, or displays.
- Use technology to expose children to a wider range of experiences than might be within their immediate experience.
- Provide enrichment clubs encompassing a broad range of topics.