Curriculum

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Steiner schools share a distinctive, structured curriculum with no early specialisation, and respond sensitively and intelligently to the changes that occur through childhood and adolescence.

The philosophy of the school is to educate each child as an individual and to encourage children to develop to their full potential. The curriculum can be seen as an organic whole, which involves the three human faculties of thinking, feeling and doing. The interplay of skills and appreciation of music and art, and the physical development of the body, are as important as academic skills. Teachers and parents work together in the children’s education. Parents are encouraged to play an active role in the life of the school, and some suggestions can be found in the section titled Parental Involvement.

The daily life of the school has some distinctive features. A strong sense of rhythm and the following of the natural daily, weekly and seasonal cycles pervade the Kindergarten and the early years of the Lower School. This is conducive to the well-being of the young child who is naturally in harmony with the surrounding world.

Rudolf Steiner emphasised three major phases of development in the child and the three levels of school life reflect these. These are the Kindergarten (Early Years), the Lower School and the Upper School. In addition the school has pre-Kindergarten facilities.

Subject Lessons

Art

Art is a fundamental and integral part of the education in a Steiner School. Children draw, paint and model from the time they enter the school, and at every level in the school. Form drawing (the structured formalised drawing of shapes and forms) is practised from Class 1 and works strongly to help the inner development of the child. Many pupils will opt to take a GCSE in Painting and Drawing which is offered in Class 11.

Craft and Design

In Classes 9, 10 and 11 these lessons give all pupils a broad and varied insight into many craft skills and design techniques (see Upper School Curriculum). A GCSE is offered in Textile Design to enable students to develop their skills further.

French and German

French and German are taught throughout the school from Class 1 upwards. In the early years of the Lower School the children are taught through conversation, play, song, poetry and stories. From class 4 there is, coupled with this, the more formal learning of the basic structure of the languages. In the Upper School there are frequent exchanges with and visits from students from other countries, which help to consolidate language skills.

Games and Gym

Children take part in Games throughout the school. In the Kindergarten and the early years of the Lower School the Class Teacher is responsible for these activities which take the form of a wide range of imaginative games. Later, other games are introduced: those may include hockey, softball, basketball and athletics. Two periods a week are spent on games.
Each year group from Class 3 upwards has one lesson of Eurythmy a week.
Students in the Upper School spend one afternoon a week at a Sports Centre where, subject to availability, they take part in swimming, basketball, volleyball, indoor hockey, indoor cricket, badminton, and squash. In some terms, depending on space, pupils may be taken to the Dover Watersport Centre for sailing.

Handwork

Handwork is an important activity throughout the school. Basic skills are taught in progression, as can be seen from the curriculum sheets on the following pages. Both boys and girls learn the same skills; crochet, knitting, embroidery, canvas work and toy making. From Class 6 the children also learn the skills of woodwork and clothes making. There are regular weekly sessions throughout the Lower school.

Metalwork

In Class 9 the pupils are introduced to this subject by working in copper. This is a very forgiving metal with an ability to harness the pupils’ exuberance and energy, and transform it into something beautiful. Through set projects in Class 10 their skills are broadened enabling them in Class 11 to embark on an exciting GCSE 3D programme with the possibility of using a wide range of materials.

I.C.T.

Currently, all of Class 10 and 11 pupils have access to the ICT resources at the school. Class 9 meet the technology in their Physics Main Lesson. Pupils then receive a year of hands-on ICT tuition throughout Class 10 and in Class 11 use ICT independently in subjects across the curriculum during their GCSE year. All pupils receive tuition in understanding the technology, historic perspectives, developing computer skills, using computer skills in other subjects, ICT supporting the development of life skills, health and safety, security, legal and social issues.

Music

Music plays a central role in many lessons. The children sing together with their Class Teacher and are encouraged to play music. All children learn to play wooden recorders with their classes and are encouraged to learn another instrument in their spare time. Private lessons are available at the school. There is a Lower School choir which all children join. An Orchestra was started in October 1992. Professional musicians visit the School several times each term to perform to the School, and sometimes groups from other European Steiner Schools visit the School to give concerts.

Religion

The education in a Steiner School is Christian but non-denominational. It presents the Christian perspective from a non-sectarian point of view. Weekly lessons aim to lay the foundation for free spiritual judgement in later life. The school celebrates the main Christian festivals and acknowledges in the main curriculum lessons from other faiths and festivals. See Festivals.