What does Cultural Capital mean at Ridgeway School?
Every pupil at Ridgeway School is an individual and will bring 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. At Ridgeway School we believe that every pupil should have the chance to access a wealth of experiences, through a variety of ways. Our curriculum embeds and weaves cultural capital across our enriched curriculum so that pupils build on what they understand and already know. We gradually widen pupils’ experiences which could include visiting a farm, taking part in a sports event, cultural music events, language and topic days, visits to places of worship, a museum or going on a residential trip.
What is Cultural Capital?
It 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. 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).
Building Experiences and Knowledge by Immersing Children in the World Around Them