Chew Magna Primary School

Cultural Capital

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.

At CMPS, we recognise that for a child 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.

There are six key areas of development that are interrelated and cumulatively contribute to a child’s Cultural Capital

  1. Personal Development
  2. Social Development
  3. Physical Development
  4. Spiritual Development
  5. Moral Development
  6. Cultural Development

1.Personal Development

  • Personal, Social and Health Education provision;
  • The school’s wider pastoral framework;
  • Growth mindset and metacognition - Resilience development strategies;
  • Active Listener, Super Perseverer and Expert Reasoner certificates weekly awarded in Celebration Assembly
  • Transition support;
  • Work to develop confidence e.g. public speaking; school productions
  • Activities focused on building self-esteem;
  • Mental Health & well-being provision.
  • Thrive
  1. Social Development
  • Citizenship, Personal, Social and Health Education provision;
  • Volunteering and charitable works;
  • Pupil Voice – School Council;
  • In school and wider community engagement;
  • Pastoral support;
  • Access to counselling where needed;
  • Thrive
  1. 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 programme related to sports and well-being;
  • The celebration of sporting achievement including personal fitness and competitive sport;
  • Activities available during unstructured time- lunch and break times;
  • Activity-based trips; to Great Potheridge in Y5/6, Brecon Beacons in Y3/4, Folly Farm in Y2
  • Curriculum units related to food preparation and nutrition;
  • The promotion of walking or cycling to school.
  1. Spiritual Development
  • The Religious Education curriculum;
  • Collective acts of worship and reflection;
  • Support for the expression of individual faiths;
  • Inter-faith and faith-specific activities and speakers;
  • Visits to religious buildings and centres;
  • The Assembly programme including Open The Book (OTB) from local churches
  1. Moral Development
  • The Religious Education curriculum;
  • The school's Good Behaviour policy;
  • Contributions to local, national and international charitable projects.
  1. Cultural Development
  • Citizenship Education through PSHE;
  • Access to the Arts;
  • Access to the languages and cultures of other countries through the curriculum and trips and visits;
  • Promotion of racial equality and community cohesion through the school’s ethos, informing all policy and practice.


 See here for our grid which explains how we plan opportunities to develop cultural capital across our school