"Human intelligence is richer and more dynamic than we have been led to believe by formal academic education."
- Sir Ken Robinson Albert

 

Sir Ken Robertson is an emotionally recognised leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources

Mainstream Education

and Waldorf:

Where do they meet?

How the Waldorf Curriculum incorporates the subjects of the National Curriculum and Main Stream Education, other than Literacy and Numeracy, or Languages and Arithmetic.

 

ARTS AND CULTURE

The Waldorf Curriculum is deeply invested in arts-based education, and painting, drawing, modelling with beeswax, and clay are part of the weekly timetable.

 

ECONOMIC AND MANAGEMENT SCIENCES

This subject is covered in Business Arithmetic which is introduced in Class Five and Six and continued in Class Seven.

 

SOCIAL SCIENCES

History and Geography are introduced as Stories from the Old Testament in Class Three and Local Geography in Class Four. These two subjects are presented as interwoven themes from Class Three to Class Seven.

 

TECHNOLOGY

The child in a Waldorf school will learn to weave, knit and sew, do woodwork and carving, and learn to design basic patterns for clothing. Form Drawing introduces the more technical aspects, such as symmetry, line and curves, projection and rotation.

 

LIFE ORIENTATION

Life Orientation is approached in an age-appropriate manner. Universal tenets of morality are dealt with indirectly through stories from Judaic-Christian, Indian and Arabic traditions, as well as the ancient cultures of Rome, Egypt and Greece. Social issues are addressed in Class Six and Seven by way of biographies of historical figures and debating of current topics as they arise.

 

NATURAL SCIENCES

Man and Animal is a Main Lesson in Class Four, Botany a Main Lesson in Class Five, and Mineralogy, Physics and Astronomy are Main Lessons in Class Six and Seven. Thus the studies of the Animal, Plant, Mineral and Physical worlds are approached in an age-appropriate manner.

Waldorf Education