At Hexham First School we believe that that all children should be exposed to cultural 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 capital at Hexham First school will help provide experiences that the children may otherwise not have had. Here are some examples of how promote cultural capital at Hexham First.
Through our school values The Hexham Way - respect, kindness, resilience, curiosity, ambition, uniqueness, and confidence
Through our school collective worship programme where we consider spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues and where 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 Diwali, Chinese New Year, Eid
Through our PSHE curriculum where children learn about growth mindset, 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 where 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, weather forecasters, scientists, geologists, archaeologists
Through school visits to local historic sites and museums – e.g.: Vindolanda and Segedunum, visits to local farms to discover where food comes from, trips to Hexham Market, trips to the local bookshop, theatre and library
Through our extracurricular activities such as sports clubs, litter pick club, art club.Through our school leadership roles e.g.: School Council, Eco school programme and Sports leader’s programme
Through our intergenerational activities such as singing at care homes, little movers dance programme with the elderly, taking part in the Captain Tom 100 challenge
Wider whole school programmes
Through encouraging the children to support charitable work e.g.: litter picks, children in need
Through promoting wellbeing and mental health and looking after themselves and through our anti bullying programme.
Through encouraging conversation with each other at lunchtime and during play as well as planning for opportunities to talk within the classroom