Although ‘cultural capital’ is a term which is a relatively new addition to the educational landscape in Britain, the ideas behind it have, for many years, underpinned our Belle Vue curriculum. As it is a term originally coined in the early 1970s in the field of sociology, it’s definition, when applied to the National Curriculum, remains a source of some debate.
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How is ‘cultural capital’ approached in Belle Vue Primary School?
In Belle Vue Primary School, we start by acknowledging that all pupils already have ‘cultural capital’. Our pupils’ knowledge, experiences, backgrounds, skills, interests, and beliefs are valued and celebrated.
Our curriculum aims to build upon these starting points, by providing children with rich and varied learning experiences.
Our curriculum has the highest expectations of all pupils and is rich in knowledge and skills. Underpinning this is our 'Belle Vue Passport' which sets out some of the experiences that all pupils will experience whilst they are with us.
We aim to expand on our pupils' cultural capital in a number of ways: