At Princethorpe Junior School, we encourage our children to be the best that they can be in a safe, happy and successful learning environment. Our curriculum aims to enable all young people to become successful, life-long learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens, regardless of circumstances or background.
At Princethorpe Junior School, our curriculum has been designed to give all children an equal opportunity to become successful learners, through exploring the breadth and depth of The National Curriculum and to learn within a coherent, carefully sequenced and progressive framework. Our inclusive curriculum is built on The Four Cornerstones of Learning – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express . Over time, children will gain a rich and deep subject knowledge, and will develop new skills through a variety or interesting contexts, which will enable them to see clear links between different aspects of their learning. Our children will develop and demonstrate their creativity and will experience the challenge and enjoyment of learning; whilst knowing that their contributions and perspectives are equally valued and respected. Through our key drivers of ‘Fundamental British Values’, ‘The World Around Me’ and ‘Healthy Me’, not only will they be encouraged to celebrate diversity and equity; our children will also be helped to understand the purpose and value of their learning to see its relevance to their past, present and future, and will be given the cultural capital they need to succeed in life and to become an active global citizen.
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.
At Princethorpe Junior School, 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:
Each curriculum area makes its own contribution to children’s cultural capital development and supports SMSC across the school.