Cultural Capital – English Writing
Cultural capital refers to the knowledge, skills, experiences, and cultural awareness that individuals acquire throughout their lives, which can significantly impact their social and educational opportunities. Evidence suggests that the cultural capital passed on through families helps children do better in school. Research within our locality suggests that for many of our children, this is a gap we must bridge. We value this in English, as the National Curriculum defines it to be, ‘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.’
Our writing curriculum aims to promote cultural understanding and as a result of exposing children to diverse texts from various cultures and backgrounds children foster cultural awareness and empathy. We strive to ensure that our pupils are confident writers, able to make informed decisions about what culture they consume and participate in, having opened them up to a breadth of experience through our rich diet of texts and opportunities to write.