Curriculum Enrichment & Cultural Capital

What is Cultural Capital?

Cultural capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that a pupil 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 promotes social mobility and success in our stratified society.

Cultural capital gives a pupil power. It helps them achieve goals, become successful, and rise up the social ladder without necessarily having wealth or financial capital.

Cultural capital is having assets that give pupils the desire to aspire and achieve social mobility whatever their starting point.


How do we promote Cultural Capital for Our Pupils?

We recognise that for pupils 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 their cultural capital.

Each subject taught within the school day makes its own contribution to pupils’ cultural capital development.

Our curriculum aims to combine knowledge with experience and judgement on what pupils see. The three elements that the Oxford Dictionary uses to define wisdom. Pupils participate in a wealth of trips, visits and experiences, supported by a wide range of extra-curricular clubs. 

Each term teachers plan visits or visitors to ensure children have real experiences to inspire their learning. Below are visits and visitors our classes have taken part in this year. 


Whole School Virtual Trip to France 

We will be beginning our day with a short virtual plane ride from Manchester Airport to the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. From there, we will take a short trip on the Paris metro to find the Eiffel Tower. We will spend some time enjoying the view before having a short snack and drinks break mid morning. Next, we will head to the Chauvet Cave where we will explore the ancient cave drawings and enjoy our lunch. After this, we will be heading back to Paris to investigate butterflies at the Paris Museum of Natural History. Then, we will stretch our legs, skiing down Mont Blanc and exploring the snowy mountain top. The highlight of our afternoon will be a visit to watch the ballet at the Opera d’Paris. We will end our trip with a traditional French story before we take a virtual plane ride back home to Cranberry Academy.

Please find a link below to a trailer of Cranberry Academy’s Virtual trip to France.

The children both in school and at home absolutely loved their trip to France. We had lots of lovely photographs sent in, as you can see below.

Whole School – Careers Week 

On week commencing 29th November, 2021 we held a career’s week at Cranberry! We completed lots of exciting activities in all year groups across the whole school. We looked at challenging gender stereotypes, the children shared their aspirations for the future and everybody designed a product as part of an enterprise challenge to ‘Grow a Pound’! We were lucky enough to welcome Mr Leah into school, who came to talk to the children about his job within the pharmaceutical industry. He held three assemblies throughout the morning- the children had the opportunity to make slime, learn about how medicine is made and ask lots of questions. In addition to this, many parents had filmed themselves talking about their career choice- what they do, how they got into it and what they enjoy about their job! The children thoroughly enjoyed watching these- we had a range of careers such as a pilot, a judge, an artist, a Scientist and many more. Mid way through the week the children came to school dressed as what they would like to be when they grow up- the outfits and the amount of effort that everybody had gone to was amazing. We had a brilliant week and are looking forward to the next one! 

KS1 – Easter Bonnet Parade

The KS1 children had an Easter Bonnet Parade, they all looked absolutely fabulous🐰🥚. The KS2 children went out to watch and applaud the amazing parade. It was a perfect afternoon with gorgeous sunny weather ☀️


FS1 – Pirate Day

FS1 absolutely loved their pirate day…They have had lots of fun helping Pirate Pete and Squawk find their missing treasure…they even practiced our letter recognition matching coins and gems. Captain Pete said they could all join his crew! Yo ho!!! They then had lots more fun practising their balancing skills to “walk the plank”. Luckily they avoided the crocodiles and sharks!


FS2 – Autumn Walk

FS2 have been on an autumn walk. They have loved collecting items to sort in their Maths lesson. Then they are going to make autumn pictures with their items this afternoon.



FS2 – Mad Scientist Day 

We had the award winning ‘Sublime Science’ company come into school The children participated in science workshops throughout the day and got the chance to make either slime or sherbet dip to take home. They also went outside for more messy experiments and a rocket launch! All the children came in their best mad scientist outfits. 


Year 1/2 – Victorian Day

Year 1 and 2 did lots of different activities throughout the day, such as: learning about Florence Nightingale, making bandages, Victorian writing on pretend slates, making peg dolls, boys made a cup and ball and gardened and the girls baked. We also had a visit from a Cranberry Grandma who brought in an authentic Victorian costume and we learnt all about Florence Nightingale!! We had a wonderful day!


Year 3 – Roman Visitor

Here are some photos from our Roman Day. We had covered the Romans in Britain during lockdown and we had a visitor from the past during the summer term. He told us about life in Britain under the Romans and what is was like to be a Roman soldier. We completed a quiz about the Romans. Also, we looked artefacts. We learnt about mosaics and had a go at creating our own. 


Year 4 – Zoo2u

In the summer term, Year 4 had Zoo2U in. They taught us about lots of different animals, which we got to touch and hold. We had a great day and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. 




Year 4 and Year 6 – A Whole New World Singing Project 

We took part in a singing project, aimed to bring people together during COVID and raise money for a local food bank. We learnt the song ‘A Whole New World’ from Aladdin and were filmed performing in our Christmas jumpers!

Year 6 – Crucial Crew Trip

Year 6 have thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Crewe Alexander as part of Crucial Crewe. They have learnt about how they can stay safe in the wider community including; e-safety with the Cheshire police, road safety with Gist, electricity safety with SP Energy Network, water safety with the Canal and River Trust, drug and alcohol awareness with CGL and finally rail safety with the British Transport Police.

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