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Primary School Curriculum
Class 1 – Class 6
7 – 12-Year-Olds
AN EDUCATION THAT REACHES THE MIND, TOUCHES THE HEART,
AND ENGAGES THE BODY
Our Primary school program follows the Steiner education guiding principal of holistic theory of development. Steiner schools believe students learning with their head, heart, and hands. The Steiner pedagogy aims to develop a child’s intellectual, artistic, and practical skills in an integrated and holistic way.
Our program seeks to discover each child’s academic, social, physical, and artistic natural gifts. At the heart of Steiner education is the belief that education is an artistic process, and we encourage the children to approach their work with beauty and love, creating lifelong learners.
Fostering The Human Spirit
We cater for students from Class 1 through to Year 6, and our teachers have a wealth of experience and knowledge, many of which are specialist subject teachers. We limit our class sizes to give our teachers more one-on-one time with each child, so they can provide students with the support they need and tailor their teaching strategy to get the best outcome for each child.
Year-long subject courses round out the rest of the day: languages, craft, music, eurhythmy, woodwork, library, and physical education are taught by specialist teachers who also shape their programs around the children’s developmental needs as they evolve through the classes.
An Unplugged Education
Computer skills are part of today’s world. However, we do not believe it is appropriate or relevant for children to use digital technology from a young age. Electronic media is not used at all in our primary classrooms as a form of instruction or method of learning.
We feel it is more important for students to have the opportunity to interact with one another and with teachers in exploring ideas, participating in the creative process, and developing their knowledge, skills, abilities, and inner qualities. The appropriate age for computer uses in the classroom is high school, and here they quickly learn to master it.
National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)
To meet the government requirements students in Years 3 and 5 participate each year in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN).
Reporting back to Parents
The Alice Springs Steiner School has several ways to report back to parents. In Years 1-6, the class teacher and specialist teachers will report on the progress of your child’s work. This written report will be given to parents at the end of Term 2 and Term 4. The report provides confirmation and information of achievements in all educational capacities.