‘I do, I feel, I think’
Activity – empathy – intellect
“The question to be asked is not: ‘What does an individual need to know and be capable of doing so as to fit into the existing social order?’ but rather: ‘What potential does an individual have and what can be developed in him or her?’” Rudolf Steiner
Formal learning begins at six, with a class teacher who will teach and care for them for up to eight years.
- Learning is brought with imaginative and powerful stories, appropriate for the age and learning tasks
- Learning is supported by art, rhythmic activities, singing and movement
- Spanish and German are taught from age 6, through conversation, games, songs and rhymes.
- Academic subjects are developed to meet the child’s inner developmental needs and to support their growing awareness of the world around them
- Teaching is an art, not a technique
- Learning is an active process, involving observation and experience
- We follow the international Waldorf Curriculum
- Two hour morning blocks are taught in 3 or 4 week blocks of age appropriate subjects
- Literacy and numeracy teaching are incorporated into these blocks
- Learning is consolidated with recall and artistic work
- Singing, music, painting, movement are used as learning tools not just skills
- Children produce their own main lesson workbooks as they draw, write about and record their learning process
- Science is introduced from observation and experience
More information about the Lower School is also available in our Lower School Curriculum Statement which can be found on our Policies and Procedures page.