Lower School

For ages 6-14

“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

At Elmfield we offer:

  • Formal learning that begins at 6, with a teacher who will teach and care for the class for up to eight years
  • Learning brought with imaginative and powerful stories, appropriate for the age and learning tasks
  • Learning supported by art, rhythmic activities, singing  and movement
  • Spanish and German taught from age 6, through conversation, games, songs and rhymes
  • Academic subjects developed to meet the child’s inner developmental needs and to support their growing awareness of the world around them
  • Teaching as an art, not a technique
  • Learning as an active process, involving observation and experience
  • The international Waldorf Curriculum

Our Main Lessons

  • 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

This video gives an overview of life in our Lower School (ages 7 to 14). Topics covered include: our age-appropriate curriculum; Class Teachers; our approach to teaching reading and writing; an explanation of Main Lessons; what pupils need at different ages; discipline at Elmfield; our approach to teaching foreign languages; and a pupil’s experience of joining Elmfield aged 10.

More information about the Lower School is also available in our Lower School Curriculum Statement which can be found here.