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Cultural Capital at St. Wulstan's - a guide

Our Curriculum Map for Cultural Capital

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.

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.

At St. Wulstan’s, 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 Reception 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 is done by thinking about people around the world; appreciating and loving music; understanding how history has shaped our future; celebrating different cultures, traditions and faiths; educational visits linked to our topics; learning about people in our community;having our say about Road Safety; planning and running charity events; showcasing talents; learning beyond the classroom; supporting our local community; learning about animal welfare and much more!

What is Cultural Capital?

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 child will draw upon to be successful in society, their career and the world of work.

Cultural capital promotes social mobility and success.

Cultural capital gives a child 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 children the desire to aspire and achieve social mobility whatever their starting point.


Policy Rationale

At St. Wulstan’s, 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:

  1. Personal Development
  2. Social Development, including political and current affairs awareness
  3. Physical Development
  4. Spiritual Development
  5. Moral Development
  6. Cultural development


When we returned to school in September 2020, each class was given the challenge of choosing a person who had overcome adversity and challenge in their lives to become their class inspiration and mascot. Reception selected the astronaut, Tim Peake and Year 1 chose Mother Theresa for helping to overcome poverty and helping the destitute in India. Year 2 picked J K Rowling for her determination to tell the world the magical stories of Harry Potter. Year 3/4 chose Helen Kellar for overcoming deaf and blindness to go to university and help others. Year 4/5 voted for Rosa Parks for invigorating the struggle for racial equality. Year 5/6 selected Martin Luther King for his work towards ending the segregation of black and white people in America. Inspirational role models for the children, and us all, to follow. From 2021 onwards, each class adopts a Saint as an inspirational role model: Mother Theresa, St. Oswald, St. Francis of Assisi, Joan of Arc to name a few.


Summary of the key areas of coverage for each area of Cultural Capital Development and some examples of how children’s development is shown in the areas:

Personal development

  • Citizenship, Personal, Social and Health Education provision
  • The school’s wider pastoral framework
  • Growth mindset support – resilience development strategies
  • Transition support
  • Work to develop confidence e.g. role play, supporting peers
  • Activities focused on building self-esteem
  • Mental Health & well-being provision
  • Nurture provision


Social Development

  • Personal, Social and Health Education provision
  • Volunteering and charitable work
  • Pupil Voice
  • Support from St. Wulstan’s Home School Liaison Officer
  • Pastoral support from all staff
  • Nurture provision
  • Current affairs topics
  • Mums, Me and Tea, Dads, Me and Tea
  • Parent workshops
  • School council
  • Choir visits to the elderly
  • House captains
  • Peer Mediators
  • Sports clubs


Physical Development

  • The Physical Education curriculum
  • Healthy Eating policies and catering provision
  • Anti-bullying and safeguarding policies and strategies
  • The Health Education dimension of the PSHE programme, including strands on drugs, smoking and alcohol
  • The extra-curricular clubs related to sports and well-being
  • The celebration of sporting achievement including personal fitness and competitive sport
  • Activity-based residential visits
  • Design and Technology units related to food preparation and nutrition


Spiritual Development

  • The Religious Education Curriculum – see our RE pages
  • Our collective acts of reflection
  • Support for the expression of individual faiths


Moral Development

  • The Religious Education Curriculum
  • School vision and aims
  • Awards Assemblies
  • The school’s Behaviour policy: dojos, Wulstan Wonder Points, class points/table points, reward charts
  • Seeds and Gardeners
  • St. Wulstan’s school website
  • Contributions to local, national and international charitable projects
  • Pupil voice: the School Council, GIFT Team, Reading Ambassadors, Playground Pals, Eco Team
  • Displays
  • Understanding cause and effect, making the right choices
  • Nurture provision


Cultural Development

  • Citizenship education through PSHE
  • Arts education including Music and Drama
  • Access to the languages and cultures of other countries through the Geography and MFL curriculum
  • Promotion of racial equality and community cohesion through the school’s ethos, informing all policy and practice
  • Window on the World Days (to date we have 'visited' India, America, South Africa and Brazil)
  • Assemblies
  • Charity events
  • Shakespeare Week, World Book Day
  • Choir
  • Appreciating artists – Arts Week


Window on the World Days (fostering a sense of cultural understanding and global citizenship): Turkey, Nepal, Thailand, Brazil, America, France, Poland, South Africa, India, Australia, name but a few! 


Summer 2024

This term, we explored the vibrant tapestry of the remarkable nation of Thailand. Children and staff alike had the opportunity to delve into the fascinating aspects of Thai life, exploring the country's diverse religious practises, savouring the delectable flavours of authentic Thai cuisine, and appreciating the intricate details of their cultural heritage. Thailand's most significant landmarks were looked at. Through our Window on the World Days, we aim to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation for the diverse cultures that shape our global society, nurturing a spirit of inclusivity and respect within our educational environment.

Spring 2024

In Spring 2024, we embarked on an enriching journey to explore the captivating country of Nepal. Through this immersive experience, the children delved into the nation's rich culture, geography, and traditions. During the course of the day, the children had the opportunity to savour the flavours of Dal Bhat, the national dish of Nepal. Their creativity was channelled by constructing 3D replicas of Hindu temples using recycled materials. This hands-on activity not only promoted environmental awareness but also allowed them to appreciate the intricate architectural marvels of Nepal.

Autumn 2023 

In Autumn 2023, we went on an exciting journey to explore the rich culture and heritage of Turkey, transporting us to the heart of Turkey. We uncovered its geographical location, intriguing facts, iconic landmarks, mouth-watering cuisine, and breath-taking physical features. As a special treat, the children will had the opportunity to savour the delightful flavours of Turkish Delight and other traditional Turkish delicacies. Children had the chance to craft their own 3D replicas of the iconic Blue Mosque (or any other mosque) using recycled materials. This hands-on activity not only fostered their artistic skills but also promoted environmental awareness and sustainability.

Spring 2023 

Ciao, amichi! In the Spring Term, we made a virtual visit to Italy. We enjoyed a selection of Italian food and made our own pizza biscuits. Each class was challenged to replicate a significant Italian monument, using recycled materials. From the Leaning Tower of Pisa, to the Trevi Fountain and The Colessum as well as Mount Vesuvius and the Dolomites, we used newspapers, boxes, bottles and even a paddling pool, to create some stunning attractions!

Autumn 2022

G'day mates! Australia paid a visit! The children enjoyed finding out all about famous Australia landmarks and animals native to Australia. We also welcomed the Australian Haka into school.

Autumn 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 2022

2021 - 2022 saw the children learning about the famous monuments in France and the rich and extensive culture of Paris. The children learnt all about famous French artists and fashion. In addition to speaking French for most of the days, we welcomed a French dance teacher into school and the children really enjoying learning some new moves.

Summer 2021

Summer 2021 saw the arrival of all things Polish at St. Wulstan's. We had a wonderful day learning Polish dancing and all about the history of Poland. We welcomed Polish visitors into school who shared stories of their live in Poland and talked with the children about their home country

Autumn 2020

On Friday 2nd October, Brazil came to St. Wulstan’s! The whole school spent the day learning about the rich culture and history of Brazil and even managed to fit in some time salsa dancing with a specialist dance teacher. Arts and crafts were everywhere as we made flags, carnival hats and masks, parrot trees, carnival carts and clay models of Sugarloaf Mountain. Chocolate Brazilian food delicacies were on offer in Year 2 and Year 5/6 carried out some fabulous research comparing children’s lives in Brazil to their own lives in England. A great day was had by all!

Each curriculum area makes its own contribution to children’s cultural capital development and supports SMSC across the school.


SMSC Policy