Primary School

Primary

Following on from Kindergarten, the children embark on a journey with their class teacher who, where possible, accompanies them throughout their Primary years.

The relationship between teacher and child is recognised as being crucial, and itself develops according to the different phases of childhood and early adolescence.

 
Waldorf schools strive to make each day an organic whole. Just as the unfolding of the person goes through different stages, so to does their day go through the same processes. As well as having content, the curriculum itself has a rhythmic pattern and balance which enhances learning rather than fragmenting it.

The school day is therefore divided into three parts:

1. Main Lesson in the morning;
2. A practice or artistic lesson in the middle period which includes music, languages, painting and drama;
3. Craft and practical activities lesson in the afternoon which may include handwork, bushwalks or games.

The threefold aspects of thinking, feeling and doing are thus nurtured in equal measure, with the result that students' days are often less effortful but more productive.

The Main Lesson


Main Lesson incorporates the academic focus of an area of study and teaches key subjects during the first 2 hours of the day when the mind is freshest. Each area is studied thematically over a 3-4 week period to allow an in-depth focus, whether it is Mathematics, English, the Sciences or Humanities subjects.

Waldorf Schools aim to present all studies artistically and imaginatively, with the teacher using his/her creativity to make each subject come alive. Indeed, Steiner teachers are dedicated to creating a genuine love of learning within each child. By using art and activities in the service of teaching academics, an internal motivation to learn is gradually established. This is aided on a more subtle level by a beautiful environment and materials like wooden desks, natural fabrics and beeswax crayons, which play their part in nurturing the student's awareness and satisfaction in what they do.

The mood in the school is one of co-operation rather than competition. Even during game time, which has a competitive element, skill, teamwork and fun are seen as more important than the desire to win.

Term Dates 2017

Term 1 - Wednesday 1 February to Friday 7 April

Term 2 - Monday 1 May to Friday 30 June

Term 3 - Monday 24 July to Thursday 21 September

Term 4 - Monday 9 October to Wednesday 13 December (Half Day)