Our Wider Curriculum
Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance Proverbs 1:5
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 (Husain et al., 2018, p. 4 and Gazzard, E. 2018 in Chalmers, H. and Crisfield, E. 2019)
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. Jude's, we aim to not only deliver a robust academic curriculum, but give our children plenty of opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. 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.