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Upperwood Academy teaches Personal Development in a wide range of ways throughout the children’s school lives. For example:
· It is taught in discrete lessons through our PSHE and SRE Curriculum
· It is taught with cross-curricular links in other lessons, such as English, physical education and religious education
· Staff members consistently model how to be a good citizen who uphold the school values
· We learn basic first aid
· Specialist nurture provision in our ‘Acorn Room.’
· E-Safety lessons in computing and assembly
· Water safety lessons in Year 5
· Celebrating positive learning attributes with weekly certificates
· Extra-curricular activities
· Focus on mental and physical health
· School council
· Celebrating different languages, cultures and religions
· School trips out and visitors into school to support our curriculum.
What is a 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 student will draw upon to be successful in society, their career and the world of work. Cultural capital gives a student power and it helps them achieve goals and become successful. Cultural capital is having knowledge, awareness and experiences that give students the desire to aspire and achieve.
Our Cultural Capital at Upperwood Academy
At Upperwood Academy, our curriculum is designed to instil high aspirations in all of our children and to encourage them to become resilient, life-long learners who embrace challenges and continue to grow and develop their cultural capital. Our children will be inspired to follow whichever path they choose whilst being well-rounded, conscientious citizens. Our carefully planned curriculum builds in opportunities to develop each child’s Cultural Capital at each stage of their education.
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At Upperwood Academy, children benefit from a tailored curriculum that builds on what they understand and know already. We believe that exposure, not only to culture but also to situations in which the children might not have previous experiences of, is of paramount importance to their ongoing success.
Gradually widening children’s experiences as they progress through school is an important step in providing rich and engaging learning across the curriculum. We plan carefully for children to have progressively richer experiences as they journey through school. These include trips to the local park, shops and visits to places of worship, museums, sports and music venues just to name a few.
The purpose of our class charters is:
to ensure pupils have opportunity to play an important part in the life of the school and the wider community
to encourage children to become responsible, informed and active members of their class, school and wider community
give pupils the opportunity to experience a wide range of activities to build their cultural capital.
enrich children’s knowledge and understanding and will equip and prepare them for their futures
promote the fundamental British Vlaues of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutural respect and tolerance.
At Upperwood our community code underpins all that we do and is embedded across the school. These are regularly shared and discussed in assemblies, as well as in curriculum and pastoral time and when we are following restorative practices when resolving problems.
the rule of law
mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, and for those without faith.