The Primary School includes Kindergarten, and the Class Teacher Period (Years 1 to 6). In these years the child’s burgeoning intelligence grapples with ever larger horizons—in time and space, in history and science.
The Primary School fosters this evolving awareness with a specific curriculum. Unique to our School is the role of the Class Teachers who guide classes through several years as guardians and mentors. The primary years at Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School are rooted in the ideal that the needs of childhood must be honoured. Progressive and traditional values hereby find their balance.
Children move into the second phase of childhood at age six or seven. This change is marked by a new readiness for formal learning, when the child enters Class 1. It is important to nurture the new intellectual abilities while continuing to foster the life of imagination as the child moves through the primary school.
Every day in primary school begins with the main lesson, which lasts for 2 hours, including Morning Circle. During this uninterrupted time, the class teacher presents the current academic subject artistically, descriptively, and dramatically. The children review and question themes as they emerge in discussion. Students' work includes creating their own main lesson books, which will be a reflection of what they have learned presented in words, pictures, charts, and diagrams.