"Cultural Capital" refers to the values, beliefs, norms, skills, tastes, knowledge, understanding and status that we all acquire through being part of a particular social class or cultural group. It is the essential knowledge that our children at Four Oaks need to become educated citizens. Expanding their cultural capital is all about providing them all with a diverse range of rich and relevant experiences in school to take on with them into adult life. This is intrinsically tied in with the acquisition of formal and extensive language and vocabulary, so that they can widen their ability to express ideas and arguments, and improve their ability to transmit the content of what they read.
Cultural Capital sits well within our school ethos and our newly revamped curriculum, from EYFS onwards, where learning and development activities are always planned around the needs and interests of the children. The overarching principles of unique children, positive relationships, enabling environments, and the fact that children learn and develop in different ways, always underpins our approach at Four Oaks Primary !
Increasing children’s Cultural Capital requires that our school has a clear understanding of:
A child’s culture and community
What experiences they have at home
What is important to them and their families
Parental partnerships and home links
Any barriers or challenges to participation in learning.
We pride ourselves that this is a particular strength of Four Oaks Primary.
The development of Cultural Capital is about giving children the best possible start to their early education, and we feel that we do that very well !