What is Cultural Capital?

Cultural capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that a pupil 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.

Cultural capital promotes social mobility and success in our stratified society.

Cultural capital gives a pupil power. It helps them achieve goals, become successful, and rise up the social ladder without necessarily having wealth or financial capital.

Cultural capital is having assets that give pupils the desire to aspire and achieve social mobility whatever their starting point.

How do we promote Cultural Capital for Our Pupils?

We recognise that for pupils to aspire and be successful academically and in the wider areas of their lives, they need to be given rich and sustained opportunities to develop their cultural capital.

Each subject taught within the school day makes its own contribution to pupils’ cultural capital development.

Our curriculum aims to combine knowledge with experience and judgement on what pupils see. The three elements that the Oxford Dictionary uses to define wisdom. Pupils participate in a wealth of trips, visits and experiences, supported by a wide range of extra-curricular clubs. 

School Trip & Enrichment  Calendar

We believe in the philosophy: "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand".

Each term teachers plan for visits or visitors to ensure children have real experiences to inspire their learning. This year's plan can be found here:

PDF iconArk Blacklands Primary Academy Visits & Visitors

Below you can see some of the fantastic experiences children accross the school have been involved in since September 2018.


Posting letters to Santa:

Autumnal walk in the woods:


Year 1

Owl Experience


Dinosaurs at Hastings Museum:


Year 2

Chocolate making:


Making potions in the wood:

Healthy Eating talk from the school nurse:


Year 3

Michelom Priory:

Rainforest Workshop:

Year 4

Egyptian workshop:


Year 5

Viking Day:


Port Lympne Animal Reserve:


Year 6

Outdoor Ed & 'Survival' at Mallydams Wood:


Visit to Battle Abbey


Pupil Council

Meeting the Mayor of Hastings:


Summer Holiday Outdoor Enrichment Week