We recognise that to aspire our pupils to be successful in the wider areas of their lives, they need to be given rich opportunities and experiences to develop their cultural capital.
At Malorees Primary School, cultural capital opportunities are captured under the heading VIBRANT LEARNING. So, what contributes to the sum of a child’s cultural capital? To understand this, we at Malorees have further divided VIBRANT LEARNING into six key areas of development:
1. Physical Development:
At Malorees we understand the importance of physical development and strive to provide our pupils with countless opportunities to develop their core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, co-ordination, and agility.
Examples include PE/Science curriculum, Healthy Eating school policy, tournaments/competitions, sports day, bikability, forest school, extra-curricular club and activities.
2. Personal Development:
At Malorees, we understand the importance of developing a growth mindset early on, so that our pupils can grow and develop their personal character and grow in independence, resilience, and confidence.
We also provide pupils with ample opportunities to learn to become responsible for their own choices, whether that be when making healthier lifestyle decisions or understanding ways to keep themselves safe on the streets/ the internet.
Examples include: PSHE/Reading/Science curriculum, personal/ internet safety awareness, personal/dental hygiene awareness, forest school, maths (money and real life), speaking and listening opportunities, growth mindset teaching.
3. Social Development:
We understand that as our pupils enter their school years they are faced with growing social demands.
At Malorees we design opportunities for our pupils to exercise social skills that can help them not only in the school environment but the community at large. These include demands such as following rules, participating in class, initiating friendships, and solving conflicts.
Examples include PSHE curriculum, School promise Tree, Behaviour policy, conflict/resolution awareness, class rules, magistrates visit, assemblies, theme days and events, school council.
At Malorees we believe cultural knowledge and experiences should not just be for the privileged few, thus we play an essential role in introducing cultural experiences to all pupils through broad and rich curriculum experiences.
Examples include Art/MFL/ Music/ Geography, RE curriculum (including artist focus), museum visits, gallery visits, theatre shows, local library visits, chess, music performances, poetry, in-house exhibitions/arts week, dance, drama queens, brent music services.
5. Moral Development:
High on our agenda at Malorees is developing pupils' skills and attitudes, such as decision-making, self-control, consideration of others, having the confidence to act in accordance with one's principles and thinking through the consequences of actions and distinguishing between right and wrong.
Examples include Behaviour policy, RE/PSHE/History/Science curriculums, actions and consequences awareness, History curriculum, BHM, charity and fundraising opportunities.
6. Spiritual Development:
Through studying RE, children at Malorees develop their own personal beliefs and an appreciation that people have individual and shared beliefs on which they base their lives, as well as developing understanding of how beliefs contribute to their own personal identity.
Examples include RE/PSHE curriculum, extra-curricular activities (e.g., yoga), in class meditation (jigsaw scheme).