What does Cultural Capital Mean at Buckton Vale Primary School?


Every child and family who joins our school will bring their own knowledge and experiences that will link to their culture and wider family. This will be through languages, beliefs, traditions, cultural and family heritage, interests, travel and work.


Cultural capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that a child can draw upon and which promotes their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence; it is one of the key skills a pupil will draw upon to be successful in society, their career and the world of work.


Cultural capital gives confidence. It helps children achieve goals, become successful, and believe in themselves.  Cultural capital provides opportunities that help children develop a desire to aspire and achieve social mobility, whilst promoting their knowledge and understanding about their importance in today’s society.


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 Buckton Vale Primary School, children experience a flexible curriculum that builds on their knowledge and understanding of the world. We believe that exposure, to situations in which the children might not have previous experiences of, alongside cultural understanding, is of paramount importance to their ongoing learning journey.


As children progress through school, we believe it is important to gradually widen children’s experiences in order to provide a rich and engaging curriculum. Careful consideration is given to ensure we offer a wide range of experiences through their learning at Buckton Vale. These include trips to the local park, shops, libraries, visits to places of worship, museums, sports and music venues, as well as partnership events with our local schools, educational trips linked to learning, themed learning weeks and residential adventure weekends.

To demonstrate the wide range of experiences available, we have created the Buckton Vale Promise. This is a list of experiences we promise to provide to widen your child’s knowledge and understanding of the world.



The Buckton Vale Promise

We promise to provide as many opportunities as possible to support the growth of every individual child.

The following is a list of examples you get the opportunity to experience – although this list is not exhaustive it will give you an idea of our broad and balanced offer.

  • Learn outdoors through Forest School sessions in every year group
  • Visit an historical place
  • Attend a careers fair
  • Perform to an audience
  • Contribute to raising money for a charity and support charities
  • Meet and learn alongside children from other schools
  • Listen to and participate with visitors to the school
  • Learn to play a musical instrument
  • Participate in the Junior Duke of Edinburgh Jass award
  • Learn about other cultures different from our own
  • Develop an understanding of British Values
  • Attend a centre for a residential visit
  • Take part in an Enterprise
  • Grow vegetables in our gardens
  • Develop leadership skills in a role of responsibility e.g. peer mediation, sports leader, librarian
  • Visit a library
  • Experience and use cameras, microphones, computers and laptops
  • Begin to learn the basics of a modern language in Spanish
  • Visit a Local Secondary School
  • Visit a range of places of worship
  • Take part in daily sporting activities
  • To watch and take part in a performance of Shakespeare
  • To enter competitions
  • Sporting events
  • A range of after school clubs
  • Explore science and experiments in science week
  • To work with an artist
  • Designer experience
  • TT Rock Stars
  • Safe Squad experience
  • Visits from our local firefighters and police to explain their role in our community