Ofsted define cultural capital as…
‘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 Thomas More Catholic Primary School we aim to prepare our children for the next stage in their lives. Our rich curriculum, and experiences that we provide for our children, is designed to equip them with the knowledge, skills and behaviours which demonstrates their cultural awareness. Cultural capital gives them the confidence to achieve goals, inspires, motivates, and provides them with opportunities to follow different pathways.
Our curriculum is carefully sequenced to build on what they understand and know already. By exposing children to cultural capital through our curriculum, we are exposing them to life beyond the classroom and opening their eyes to something new and inspirational. These progressively richer experiences are vital to empowering our children to be successfully educated students and citizens.
We recognise that every child in our school community will have their own knowledge and experiences that is linked to their culture and wider family. This might include: languages, beliefs, traditions, family heritage, interests, travel and work. During diversity week and throughout the year, we invite parents and people from our local community to share their knowledge and experiences in the hope that this will ignite a passion and inspire our children to have creative ambitious minds.