The Lower School is equivalent to Year 2 to Year 6 in most UK schools. As children move from Kindergarten into the Lower School, their growing powers of understanding are used for more abstract learning including writing, reading, and arithmetic. For children, it is not simply the acquisition of knowledge that is important. They need to enjoy and engage with the process of learning – learning to learn as well as simply absorbing knowledge. In our school we will foster creative and engaging teaching to meet the inner need that child have for discovering and understanding the world around them.
In Steiner schools, children have a class teacher who remains with the class for up to eight years. Their role is to teach the Main Lesson each day, and to be the main point of contact for pastoral care. This consistent relationship creates a stable and relaxed atmosphere for children and helps teachers to come to understand the different learning styles and needs of all the pupils in their class. Our school will use the Class Teacher system, although we will be flexible so as to enable us to best meet the needs of each class and pupil.
During classes one through five —the basic skills of literacy and numeracy are acquired alongside activities that cultivate the imagination, including drawing, painting, poetry recitation, drama, singing, playing a musical instrument, and so on. A creative approach to learning extends across the whole curriculum from maths to grammar, carpentry to knitting, sports to foreign languages, sciences, history and geography. Through narrative-based learning and strong visual images, the pupils engage deeply with the curriculum subjects, bringing their own imagination, ideas and feelings to learning.
Steiner Academy Hereford - (c) 2013
To support this approach, all aspects of the school - from the classroom furnishings to the way a poem is recited, from the pen a pupil uses to the exercises done in the gymnasium—are considered with two criteria in mind: they should be functional and they should be beautiful. This creates an atmosphere of care, attention and enjoyment of learning.
Literacy, numeracy, literature, history, geography, science, drama, music, handwork, woodwork, pottery, drawing, painting and sculpture, physical education, French, gardening, outdoor learning and more.