As a school we are aware that our geographical position, as a small village school at the very edge of West Cumbria, doesn't make it easy for us to provide experiences showcasing a range of cultures, creeds and religions. The majority of our pupils are from white, British families and have lived their whole lives in the local area.
We recognise that in order to prepare our children for life in modern Britain, we need to ensure that they are global citizens and have an awareness of the variety of cultural traditions within the UK and beyond.
We do believe it is important to maintain a connection with our locality and the historical and cultural traditions of the community alongside more modern and outward facing traditions.
We do this in a number of ways:
- Recognising and celebrating traditional Christian festivals
- Recognising and celebrating popular secular traditions and festivals (eg) Burn's night, St Patrick's day
- Highlighting local traditions through celebration, assembly and as part of lesson time (eg) Egremont crab fair
- Working with local community groups and the church
- Regular fundraising events with learning attached
- Using the curriculum to explore cultures within the UK and around the world, particularly in RE, History and Geography
- Choosing literature to share with pupils which provides a window into another culture
- Having a dedicated weekly assembly exploring world news and issues
- Recognising and discussing cultural / religious events through the year in assemblies and classwork (eg) Black History Month, Diwali, Martin Luther King day
- Taking opportunities to have visitors which provide an alternative cultural perspective
- Providing several opportunities for pupils to stay in a city for several days and visit sights of cultural interest
- Provide opportunities for pupils to experience 'culture' in its many forms- pantomime, theatre, orchestral performance, puppet show
- Trips and visits to places of cultural, historical or religious significance
- Having opportunities to mix with a range of children during cross-school events in sport, as part of the school council, Big Sing and similar events
- Learning a language and learning about the culture of those who speak the language
- Listening to world music and learning musical history and it's cultural significance