Lower and Middle School (7-14 years)

 

The maturity and capacity for critical reflection among the older pupils remain evident in and beyond the classrooms in the family atmosphere of the school.

SIS Report May 2012

 

The Class Teacher Years
In their seventh year the children take the big step from Kindergarten to School, moving into Class 1. Here they meet their Class Teacher who ideally will guide them through the next eight years until puberty (Class 8).

Here too the children are introduced imaginatively for the first time to the principles of letter and number. As well as giving them a thorough grounding and development of the “3 Rs” (Reading, Writing and Arithmetic), the Class teacher will lead the children through fairy story, myths and legend, to history and ancient history; from home surroundings and local geography to world geography and astronomy; from nature and animal stories to the phenomenological study of the Sciences: Biology, Zoology, Physics and Chemistry.

The Class teacher’s work also involves the development of freehand Form and Symmetry Drawing and the use of instruments in Geometry. Music, Painting, Imaginative Drawing, Modelling, Games, Crafts and Handwork also form essential parts of the overall curriculum. For instance, form drawing helps with the development of handwriting.

Main Lesson
All the core subjects are taught in rhythmically structured Main Lesson periods of 120 minutes. These lessons are the foundation of the school day and take place every morning for a period of 3 to 4 weeks. So that the Main Lesson changes subject and alternates throughout the school year, taking account of the rhythm and learning of the whole class.

Specialist Subjects
Every day as part of the curriculum each class will take a number of subjects taught by specialist teachers. Specialist teachers are responsible for lessons in Eurythmy, (a new art of movement), Music and Modern Foreign Languages (French and German) and Gardening. The School also provides Speech Therapy and Special Needs Support.

Read some of our teachers’, pupils’ and alumni stories here…

Life Skills
As part of the school week, children are also encouraged to develop their sense of social responsibilities, and nurture their overall life skills. For instance children are taught in mixed ability groups in which the strengths of each child are focused for the benefit of the whole class.

Standards
There are no formal examinations or tests in our school. We do not follow the National Curriculum but cover an equivalent curriculum working at our own pace and in carefully designed way.

Read more about the Steiner School movement and educational philosophy here…

Open days
The best way to find out more about the (fabulous) education offered in the Lower School is to come and see for yourself. Check our Events Calendar to join the next school Open Day, where you can sit in on lessons, talk to the teachers and pupils and have your questions answered by our friendly and knowledgeable staff.

 

LOWER SCHOOL CURRICULUM

Throughout the Lower School concepts are first introduced through stories and images, and academic instruction is integrated with the visual and plastic arts, crafts, land work, music and movement. There is little reliance on standardized textbooks; instead, each child creates his or her own illustrated summary of coursework in book form. The school day starts with a two-hour “Main” lesson that focuses on a single theme over the course of about 3 – 4 weeks and generally begins with an introduction that may include singing, instrumental music, recitations of poetry, and practice in mathematics and language arts.

Class One

  • Form Drawing
  • Oracy – listening, speaking, recitation.
  • Literacy: Introduction to the alphabet and sounds of the letters via story, drawing, painting. Simple phonics, wordplay, writing simple, yet beautiful sentences, reading own writing, writing stories using mainly phonetic spelling for unknown words.
  • Mathematics: The quality of numbers, Counting to 100, Roman and Arabic numerals, The four processes (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division). Number games, bean bag exercises, movement etc.
  • Nature Study – via nature walks, nature table, exploration and observation and imaginative stories
  • Music: Singing and introduction to the Recorder
  • Handwork: making knitting needles and Knitting practical yet beautiful objects.
  • Eurythmy/Movement: coordination, balance and music appreciation.
  • Foreign Languages: French and German – songs, rhymes, drama.
  • Art: Painting, Beeswax Modelling, Crayon Drawing. Building a practical relationship to colour and form.
 

Class Two

  • Fables from around the world.
  • Study of saints, sages and holy men.
  • Grammar, sentences and punctuation.
  • Writing: introduction to cursive handwriting; writing simple stories
  • Reading: Introduction to reading schemes. Reading of simple texts, own writing and teacher writing.
  • Mathematics: Continuing work with the four processes and place value, Column Algorithms, movement and number games. Multiplication tables.
  • Foreign Languages: French and German – songs, rhymes, drama.
  • Form Drawing – more complex forms as a support for personal development, writing, drawing and hand/eye coordination.
  • Nature Study: through Aesop’s fables and other stories, Native-American stories, or similar, nature works, gardening, observation and exploration, simple green woodwork. Building a relationship to ‘mother Earth’.
  • Music: Singing and Recorder
  • Handwork: Knitting, Crochet – making beautiful ball bag.
  • Eurythmy
  • Art: Painting, drawing and Modelling

Class Three

  • Oracy: Storytelling, listening, speaking, communication, drama.
  • English: The study of grammar, verbs, nouns, sentences, punctuation.
  • Handwriting: Continuing practice of cursive and use of ink.
  • Mathematics of Practical Life: Time, Temperature, Weight&Volume, linear measurement(integrated into Housebuilding),o Trade Goods & The Development of Currency
  • Form Drawing
  • Social, Ecological and Environmental Studies: Farming and Gardening; Housebuilding – practical activities outside, simple woodwork skills as part of this.
  • Cultural Studies: stories of the Old Testament, Jewish festivals or similar.
  • Drama
  • Music: Singing: singing in rounds, Recorder, string ensemble where pupils choose their own instrument
  • Handwork: Spinning, Weaving
  • Eurythmy
  • Foreign Languages: French and German
  • Painting
  • PE

Class Four

  • English: Oracy; recall, recitation – choral and individual, alliterative verse & Drama/class play; Working grammar and punctuation continues;  Handwriting; More complex composition writing through personal narratives: Tall Tales.
  • Zoology: a comparative study of human being and animals/ personal project
  • Geography and Local History of Wandsworth and Streatham, London
  • Cultural Studies: Norse mythology & Viking history
  • Mathematics: Introduction to Fractions
  • Form Drawing: Complex interweaving patterns such as Celtic knots. Free-hand geometry.
  • Singing: singing two-part songs
  • Handwork: Cross Stitch
  • EurythmyForeign Languages: French and German
  • Art: Painting, drawing, modelling
  • PE 

Class Five

  • Ancient History (Cultural/historical themes): India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt
, Greece
  • Geography of British Isles
  • Botany
  • Geometry: Plane figures, constructions, Pythagoras
  • Mathematics: Fractions and Decimals
  • Music: Singing and Orchestra
  • Handwork: Complex Knitting
  • Woodwork: whittling
  • Eurythmy
  • English: reading, writing, and grammar to NC levels and above
  • Foreign Languages
  • Art: Painting, drawing, modelling
  • PE – athletics and Olympic games 
 

MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM

The LSS Middle School has arisen as a result of considering the differing needs of the children at London Steiner school. Until we maybe have an Upper School our pupils will graduate from LSS at approximately age 15. Some pupils will move to mainstream secondary schools, a few to conventional independent schools and some to Steiner Waldorf schools with an Upper School. The Middle school builds on the work of the Kindergarten and Lower School and prepares the children for a smooth transition to whatever avenues of education lie ahead of them after LSS.

Class  Six

  • History: the transition from ancient to modern: the decline of Greece, the rise and fall of Rome, and the effects of these cultures on European civilization up through the Middle Ages.
  • Geography: Europe
  • Geology
  • Astronomy
  • Physics: Acoustics, Optics
o, Heat
  • Geometry – theorems, proofs
  • ICT Introduction to the hardware – taking a computer apart – what makes it work? Binary system? Word processing
  • Mathematics: Percentage and Ratio
  • Music: Singing and Orchestra
  • Handwork
  • Woodwork 
  • Eurythmy
  • English
  • Foreign Languages
  • Art: Painting, perspective drawing, modelling
  • PE & Games.
 

Class Seven

  • History: Renaissance and Reformation
  • World Geography
  • Science: Physics, Mechanics,  InorganicChemistry,  Physiology
  • Geometry
  • Mathematics: Algebra, Negative Numbers, Square and Cube Roots
  • Music: Singing and Orchestra
  • Handwork
  • Woodwork 
  • Eurythmy: ballads, drama, tragedy
  • English: including creative writing with engaging the feelings of wish, wonder and surprise. Grammar, comprehension, text analysis, consolidation of literacy skills.
  • Literature – comparing writing styles, poetry and comprehension.
  • Foreign Languages
  • Art: Painting, drawing, modelling
  • PE and games

 

Class Eight

  • History: the Industrial Revolution to the present day
  • Geography as related to World Economics
  • Physics: Acoustics, Thermodynamics, Mechanics,  Electricity and Magnetism, Hydraulics, Aerodynamics.
  • Meteorology
  • Ecology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physiology
  • Geometry: measurement of surfaces and volume, platonic solids.
  • Mathematics: practical applications of arithmetic, algebra, and geometry, Graphing
  • Music: Singing and Orchestra, Elizabethan Music, General Music, Symphonic Form
  • Handwork: Machine Sewing & designing and making clothes; Artistic Hand-Sewing Projects
  • Eurythmy: poems with contrasting moods
  • English: the short story, letters, and Shakespearean drama analysed, adapted and performed; Grammar, Comprehension, Consolidation.
  • Foreign Languages
  • Art: Painting highlights and shadows in portraits and landscapes
  • PE and Games
 
 

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