At DVIS we understand cultural capital to be a combination of the knowledge, interests and skills that the children bring with them from their homes and experiences, and the learning added to this through the school's curriculum. Children's own cultural capital is utilised, developed, enhanced and added to through their education at school. The school bolsters this with a carefully planned set of intentions for the school curriculum, the development of learning skills and experiences. We aim to utilise the children's cultural capital whilst ensuring that all children have access to a shared set of important learning experiences.
With this intent in mind each subject for the National Curriculum has its own outcome and set of intentions for the children to achieve and experience by the end of Key Stage 1.
Underpinning this work is the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage framework objectives and skills plotted across the Key Stages. This overarching plan ensures all of the curriculum is taught sequentially during a child’s time at DVIS. The progression of any skills required to learn the curriculum or to deepen understanding of their learning experiences are also planned across the year groups, building on past learning and knowledge and then challenging with new thinking and learning. In order to truly learn and be changed through the learning process, the children need to develop learning tools that they can transfer from one objective, topic or learning space to another. For this work we refer to specific learning ‘powers’, including resilience.