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CE First School and Nursery

Love, Learn, Fly – Do Everything in Love: 1 Corinthians 16:14

Cultural Capital

Every child and family who join 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. Cultural capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours and skills that a child can 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 Cranborne First School and Nursery our children will benefit from a curriculum that builds on what they understand and know already. It revolves around the coherent cycle of learning from the past, living in the present and looking to the future. This means our children have a deep and connected knowledge and understanding of where they came from, who they are and what they might become. We believe that exposure, not only to culture but also to situations in which the children may not have previous experiences of, is of paramount importance to their ongoing successes. Gradually widening the children's experiences as they progress through school is an important step in providing rich and engaging learning across the curriculum.