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Cultural Capital

What does Cultural Capital Mean at Park Road Academy Primary School?


Every child and family who joins our setting will have 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.


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)


Cultural capital 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.


Cultural capital gives power. It helps children achieve goals, become successful, and rise up the social ladder without necessarily having wealth or financial capital. Cultural capital is having assets that give children the desire to aspire and achieve social mobility whatever their starting point.


Ofsted define cultural capital as…


“As part of making the judgement about the quality of education, inspectors will consider the extent to which schools are equipping pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.

Our understanding of ‘knowledge and cultural capital’ is derived from the following wording in the national curriculum: ‘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 Park Road Academy Primary School, children benefit from a flexible curriculum that builds on what they understand and know already. We believe that exposure, not only to culture but also to situations in which the children might not have previous experiences of, is of paramount importance to their ongoing successes.


Gradually widening children’s experiences as they progress through school is an important step in providing rich and engaging learning across the curriculum. We plan carefully for children to have progressively richer experiences in nursery and beyond. These include trips to the local park, shops and visits to places of worship, museums, sports and music venues just to name a few. 



Building Experiences and Knowledge by Immersing Children in the World Around Them

Caring for animals.
Thinking about people around the world.
Appreciation and love for music
Understanding how history has shaped our future
Celebrating different cultures, traditions and faiths
School community multi-cultural markets
Educational visits linked to our topics
Learning about people in our community
Understanding how our local supermarket produces fresh food
Having our say about Road Safety
Planning and running charity events
Showcasing talents
Bringing financial skills to the primary curriculum
PRAPS Masterchef
We get creative in the kitchen
Subject ambassadors host parents' workshop
Growing fruit and veg all year round in our polytunnel
Learning beyond the classroom
Supporting our local community
Embracing our local environment
Learning about animal welfare
Born to be Stars Dance Group
Our Friends of Newton Park
Bringing history to life
Experiencing the magic of the Bridgewater Hall
We add a little imagination to our learning
We grow together
Losing ourselves in the virtual world
What can we find in our local environment?
We sometimes have one extra member in our class
Our Cafe serves the most delicious treats
Graduation of Sports Stars
Visitors share their cultures and traditions
There is no such thing as 'bad' weather
Being informed, feeling empowered and making a difference
Annual Young Voices Concert