Curriculum Enrichment & Cultural Capital
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.
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.
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.
How do we promote Cultural Capital for Our Pupils?
At Ark Blacklands we ensure that every child has the chance to access a wealth of experiences, through a variety of ways. We endeavour to ensure that all pupils from Reception up to Year 6 have the opportunity to make termly visits to the surrounding community and beyond. We take advantage of our prime position on the South Coast and enable our children to experience all that it has to offer in terms of its social, historical and geographical content. We plan for our lessons and extra-curricular activities to be broad and enriching.
We believe that learning from first-hand experience is very powerful and provides lasting impact with the philosophy: "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand".
All enrichment activities link to children’s learning that term. For example, children have visited the Hastings Castle as a part of the history focus on uncovering the past. Children studying animal habitats have visited Drusilla’s Park, looking at where animals live. Children have taken part in a dance festivals with the local secondary school to showcase their talents. Children have performed Christmas songs for the community in the town's local theatre and at local care homes.
We invite experts into our school to work with our children, including novelists, dramatists, artists, musicians, historians and representatives from local services. Experts inspire our children to learn through sharing their passion for their subject area, which can raise our children’s aspirations for their future career
In addition to this, we organise special events, curriculum days, and family events to enrich our pupils’ lives and challenge them to aspire to be people who leave a mark on the world.
Primary Connections Passports
At Ark Blacklands we are committed to ensuring all pupils leave us in Year 6 having experienced an enriched primary school experience. To help achieve this, in September 2021 we introduces the Primary Connections Passport.
Each pupil is given a Primary Connections Passport. During the school year each class will take part in 6 essential experiences and collect a stamp for their passport. Pupils also have the opportunity to complete bonus badges. 6 different categories of experience have been chosen to ensure that a range of opportunities are provided;
- Connecting with nature (Environmental Awareness)
- Connecting with people (Citizenship: our local and global communities)
- Connecting with self (Well-being and personal growth)
- Connecting with our future (Enterprise and Careers)
- Connecting with culture and the arts (Presentation, Performance and The Arts)
- Connecting with adventure (Adventure, Challenge and Competition)
By the time a Reception child leaves Year 6 they will have experienced over 42 memorable childhood experiences to take them to secondary school and into their adult lives.
A complete overview can be found here: