Cultural capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that a student can draw upon and which demonstrates their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence; it is one of the key ingredients a student will draw upon to be successful in society, their career and the world of work. Cultural capital gives a student power. It helps them achieve goals, become successful, and rise up the social ladder without necessarily having wealth or financial capital. Also, it is having assets that give students the desire to aspire and achieve social mobility whatever their starting point.
At Floreat Wandsworth, we recognise that for children 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.
The school recognises that there are six key areas of development that are interrelated and cumulatively contribute to the sum of a child’s cultural capital:
At Floreat Wandsworth, we are committed to the broadest educational offering, and that can mean looking beyond the National Curriculum. We offer an enrichment programme that draws upon a wide range of adult skills and is offered through school trips, visiting specialists and themed days and weeks as well as a range of extra-curricular clubs. Trips are directly linked to our topic work with residential visits taking place for children in Year 6. The children take part in a variety of workshops throughout the academic year which again link to the curriculum, as well as enterprise activities at the local market and events in school. When we can, we share dance, song and drama productions which are greatly appreciated by all.