"Receive the children in reverence, educate them with love, let them go forth in freedom."

Rudolf Steiner

Class One And Onwards

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"Learning is the key to human development, but it is not a simple, homogenous process. What to learn, when to learn, and how to learn are arrived at through a conscious and careful study of children as well as a comprehensive understanding of the human being through all stages of human development. Teachers strive to help each child eventually to become a clear-thinking, sensitive and well-centred adult.” — Rudolf Steiner

The curriculum in a Waldorf/Steiner school reflects the developmental understanding of the whole child, as physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. At each stage of development, the curriculum consciously engages specific aspects of the growing child. It has proved to be a relevant and contemporary curriculum for over 90 years, largely because it appeals so strongly to children. It is a fully integrated curriculum which engages the child’s imagination and strengthens their will, through learning which is balanced between being physically active, artistic and academic.

 

The Class Teacher

The class teacher cares deeply about the children, fosters positive behaviours and encourages and supports strengths and weaknesses. The class teacher also develops good communication and collaboration with other teachers and parents.  The teacher endeavours to be a trustworthy and moral representative of humanity and in this way becomes a natural figure of authority for the children. A strong class community is built through the conscious, loving care from the class teacher and relationships are formed which often continue into adult life. The development of social skills are actively modelled and fostered, based on empathy, compassion and collaboration.

 

Main Lesson

The class teacher teachers the morning lesson (Main Lesson), comprising the first two hours of each day, and also other practice sessions throughout the day. The focus is on whole class teaching, then moving into differentiation and back again to the whole. Specialist teachers teach foreign languages, music, craft, games, sport and eurythmy at other times.

Steiner developed the understanding that the growth of consciousness in a child reflects the pathway which human consciousness generally has followed.  Hence the sequence of the main lessons beginning with fairy stories in Class 1, and moving through fables, mythology and the history of various epochs and cultures up to the present day technological era.  Farming and building, by example, are introduced in class three when the children have more interest in their surrounding world. All main lesson work is underpinned by literacy, numeracy, science and the humanities.

 

 

Rhythm in Learning

The school day is structured in an organic way, establishing a healthy balance between concentration and relaxation, mental and practical work, movement and rest, and listening and participating. Through the integrated curriculum each lesson engages the child’s thinking, feeling and willing. The celebration of seasonal festivals brings a sense of continuity and strengthens the healthy life of the community.

Values

Waldorf/Steiner education seeks to make human values the central element of the curriculum. The in depth study of diverse cultures, combined with students coming from different ethnic and religious backgrounds, provide the children with a living microcosm of society, where they learn to understand, respect and celebrate each other’s differences.