Cultural Capital

Te Whariki:12

‘I come not only with my own strengths but bring with me the gifts, talents and strengths of my family, tribe and ancestors’

Cultural Capital

At Wheatley Nursery School, we believe that Cultural Capital is about giving each child the best start in life and the support needed to enable them to fulfil their full potential and achieve future success. We recognise that children arrive at our nursery having had different experiences to others, and we aim to address any inequalities so that children are not limited by their social or economic circumstances. We see each child as an individual and tap into their interests in order to build upon their knowledge and skills, and introduce them to aspects of our wonderful world that are new to them or have yet to experience.

It is our intention to provide a curriculum which develops language, specifically teaches vocabulary, enhances and broadens experiences and opportunities for all children, particularly for our most vulnerable young learners. Our curriculum is pitched so that it offers a range of experiences, both indoors and outdoors, which engage, enthuse and enlighten. Our intention is to provide a culture of curiosity through magical moments and to support the children to develop the dispositions and attitudes that enable them to learn effectively. We believe that if all children have the opportunity to become good at learning, this will prepare them for future success.

Adults at Wheatley Nursery School have a wealth of experience which means high quality delivery of our intentions is possible and successful. This includes: forging strong relationships; working with other professionals; working with parents and the wider community; being highly inclusive; meeting children’s needs; learning styles and interests; understanding the individual and diverse ways that children develop and learn; and their knowledge and understanding in order to actively support and extend children’s learning in and across all seven areas of learning. We communicate with parents face to face regularly, and ‘Tapestry’ our online learning journal helps us to seek parent’s opinions about their child and facilitate shared experiences.

We prepare our children (and families) for what comes next. We consistently receive positive feedback from feeder schools and parents about how our children are ‘school ready’ when they make the transition to primary school.

We will continually reflect on what we offer our young children to ensure that we remain focused in our ambition to give children the essential knowledge that they need to prepare them for future success.