At Chollerton First School we believe that that all children should be exposed to cultural and religious experiences and background knowledge that will equip them with the cultural knowledge to propel them further in their education, social development, and careers. Developing cultural and religious experiences at Chollerton First school will help provide experiences that the children may otherwise not have had. Here are some examples of how promote cultural capital at Chollerton First.
Through our school collective worship programme we consider spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues and children can explore their own beliefs. Topics covered are varied e.g.: we learn about British values, Cultural diversity, world, and British events such as Black History Month, Pride, Challenging gender stereotypes, role models such as sportsperson achievements, religious festivals such as The Christian calendar, Diwali, Chinese New Year, Eid.
Through our PSHE curriculum children learn about growth mindset, we encourage a positive and active approach to life. Children are encouraged to develop their own strategies to cope with day-today difficulties through support and our Friends resilience programme
Through all areas of our taught curriculum we encourage the children to be inquisitive and find out more e.g.: PSHE, geography, history, RE, English, maths.
Through linking up with subject experts and visitors to school e.g.: author visits, faith leaders, dentists, scientists, geologists, archaeologists, musicians from different countries, our curriculum is enriched.
Through school visits to local historic sites and museums – e.g.: Vindolanda, Beamish, visits to local farms to discover where food comes from, trips to Hexham, Seaside trips, to the local bookshop, theatre, library, churches and cathedrals.
Through our extracurricular activities such as sports clubs, games club, drama club. Through our school leadership roles e.g.: School Council.
Through our intergenerational activities working with Chrysalis, a dementia charity.
Wider whole school programmes
Through encouraging the children to support charitable work e.g.: children in need, book aid, Children’s Society, Hexham Food Bank.
Through promoting wellbeing and mental health and looking after themselves, through our anti bullying programme, and NSPCC training.
Through encouraging conversation with each other at lunchtime and during play as well as planning for opportunities to talk within the classroom. Working with the British Council, links to an African country, Ethiopia, and the Rivers of Hope project.