FULL PRIMARY SCHOOL AGE 7-13 YEARS

THE WALDORF APPROACH

Throughout each year, children encounter a stimulating depth of experiences in the arts. This includes movement, Te Reo, handwork (knitting, stitch work, sewing), painting, modelling of wax or clay, music (recorder playing, singing, ensemble), drawing, games and drama. The arts are integrated into the entire academic curriculum including mathematics and sciences. The Waldorf method of education through the arts awakens imaginative and creative powers in children, bringing vitality and wholeness to their learning. All classes from Class 3 have an outdoors camp experience.

Overview of Classes

Main lessons include language and arts, science, maths, history and geography. Incorporated into the main lesson are music, poetry, movement and concentration activities while drawing and drama allow the child self expression.

Class 1 (7 years) Main Lessons

Fairy tales, folk tales and nature stories; pictorial introduction to letters; form drawing; preparation for reading through writing; qualities of numbers; introduction of the four processes in arithmetic; lower multiplication tables.

Class 2 (8 years) Main Lessons

Legends, animal fables, and stories of saints; continued work in writing, reading and arithmetic; cursive writing introduced; form drawing.

Class 3 (9 years) Main Lessons

Stories from Old Testament history; composition and grammar; study of practical life (farming, housing and associated industries); higher multiplication tables; weight, measure and money; learning to read music.

Class 4 (10 years) Main Lessons

Norse mythology and sagas, Maori mythology, letter writing, language arts (composition and spelling), local geography and map making, study of the animal kingdom, arithmetic and fractions.

Class 5 (11 years) Main Lessons

Ancient history and myths through Greek times (Indian, Persian, Egyptian); New Zealand geography related to vegetation, agriculture and economics, botany, decimals, ratio and proportion, language arts.

Class 6 (12 years) Main Lessons

Roman and medieval history; geography; physics (electricity, magnetism); elementary chemistry; physiology (blood and muscles); algebra; geometry; business maths (profit and loss); language arts.

Class 7 (13 years) Main Lessons

Renaissance, art & science (Fibonacci), the reformation of the church, world geography, health & nutrition, chemistry and painting