In Grades 1-5 the content of the curriculum builds on what has gone before and unfolds in a way that is interesting and meaningful to the children, because it addresses the developmental changes they are experiencing. This developmental approach is fundamental to a Waldorf curriculum.
All learning is imbedded in an artistic context. Drama, handwork, painting, singing, and eurythmy are interwoven with the academics. Steiner found that children of this age learn best when the material engages them at a feeling level; the arts-rich curriculum touches them deeply and enhances memory.
The Class Teacher usually teaches a class of students from Grades 1-5 and works to develop an atmosphere of familiarity and trust. Individual learning takes place in a supportive community environment; each benefits the other.
The Class Teacher instructs the Morning Lesson curriculum, taught from 8:30 to 10:30am each day. Each Morning Lesson block lasts for 3-4 weeks and includes core academic subjects. Following Morning Lesson there are four subject classes per day, each lasting 45 minutes. Subjects taught include: World Languages, Games/P.E., Handwork, Eurythmy, and Instrumental and Choral Music.