Cultural Capital: Building Experiences and Knowledge by Immersing Children in the World Around Them
What does Cultural Capital Mean at St Gregory and St Patrick's catholic Infant School?
Every child and family who joins our setting will have their own knowledge and experiences that will link to their culture and wider family. This might include: languages, beliefs, traditions, cultural and family heritage, interests, travel and work.
Research shows that 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 gives power. It helps children achieve goals, become successful, and rise up the social ladder without necessarily having wealth or financial capital. Cultural capital is having assets that give children the desire to aspire and achieve social mobility whatever their starting point.
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.’ “
At St Gregory and St Patrick's catholic Infant School, children benefit from a flexible curriculum that builds on what they understand and know already. We believe that exposure, not only to culture but also to situations in which the children might not have previous experiences of, is of paramount importance to their ongoing successes.
Gradually widening children’s experiences as they progress through school is an important step in providing rich and engaging learning across the curriculum. We plan carefully for children to have progressively richer experiences in nursery and beyond. These include trips to the local park, shops, places of worship, museums, sports, cinema and the beach just to name a few.
Our Wish Lists: Let us grow together and enjoy together
Each year group has a bespoke 'Wish List' for cultural capital (based on the DfE activity passport). Visit our termly overviews to see how this is linked to our curriculum.
Our Photo Gallery:
Stocks Wood Outdoor centre
Being a Superhero for the day
Visiting friends at Bethany House Care Home
Visiting the local Garden Centre
Black history month
Arts and Culture week
Performing music for an audience
Visiting St Begh's Church
Visit from Pet Encounter Cumbria
Raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support with Marathon Man (Gary McKee)
Celebrating our Birthdays in school
Morrisons shopping trip
Going to St Bees Beach
Visiting the farm
Celebrating Bonfire Night
Esk Avenue, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 8AJ