Lower School Age 6 -14
Our distinctive, international curriculum offers an inspiring and nurturing education based on the needs of the ‘whole child’ – academic, physical, emotional and spiritual.
With the Steiner Waldorf curriculum, we draw on a 100-year-old teaching tradition – integrating arts and academics into a rich, balanced education that ignites a passion for learning. We focus not simply on college or careers, but on the person your child will become: a curious, compassionate, critical thinker ready to meet the challenges of our changing world.
From age 6 all children study a rich and balanced range of subjects grounded in the stages of child development. These include the recognised subjects of the national curriculum (geography, science, history, maths, english, foreign language etc.) as well as some specific to the Steiner curriculum.
Each day starts with a two hour Main Lesson with the Class Teacher where the core curriculum content is delivered with a rich, multi-sensory balance of artistic, practical and intellectual content.
After morning break the children spend the rest of the day between special Subject Lessons with our specialist teachers in Music, Spanish, Handwork, Woodwork, Games, Bothmer (movement) and in extra sessions with their Class Teacher (covering painting, modelling and extra work on literacy and numeracy). Our older children also have specialist teachers in Maths, English and Art.
Art, music and performance are used, not just as separate subjects, but as powerful vehicles for teaching across the curriculum for all ages. Our children develop a ‘can-do’ attitude. They know how things are made because they make them themselves. They can picture the steps needed to reach their goals. Their motivation is strong and their confidence is high to try new things based on the positive experiences of the past.
What is Main Lesson?
That’s the Steiner term for the two-hour lesson that begins each day in every class with their Class Teacher. Core academic subjects – literacy, mathematics, history, geography or science – are taught in thematic blocks for several weeks, with engaging, real world learning experiences. A variety of approaches and topics related to one specific subject are used. There’s a balance of artistic, practical and intellectual content, which also develops literacy and numeracy skills and cross-curricular learning.
Main Lesson is taught first thing in the morning when the children’s minds are freshest. Subjects requiring regular repetition in shorter lessons (foreign languages, for example) are later in the day.
How to Think, Not What to Think
Children have a natural curiosity and interest in the world. Building the capacity to learn, while retaining this keen interest, is a core part of the Steiner approach. We engage and exercise the child’s capacity to think, assess, form opinions, articulate and express their thoughts – building a capacity for creative thinking that will enrich your child’s academic, professional, and personal life.
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What is a Steiner School?
From ‘What Is A Steiner School’ DVD, Steiner Waldorf School Fellowship