In the first year of Junior School, students enter Class One and meet their Class Teacher who will teach most of the subjects. The Class Teacher generally continues with the same class throughout Junior School and prioritises the development of healthy foundations for learning.
Several core elements are taught together in the form of a Main Lesson which forms an important part of the daily learning programme throughout the Waldorf School.
Through Main Lesson, students work intensively each morning with one topic for three or four weeks before another one is introduced. This allows for greater concentration and retention of material. After the morning academic work comes the artistic, practical and movement classes, as well as continuing skills work in mathematics, English and other languages.
The Class teacher uses the developmental curriculum and their understanding of child development to meet the diverse needs and dispositions of their particular class of students. The curriculum includes the use of stories which illustrate the diversity of human experiences. This can be especially helpful in the cultivation of resilience, wellbeing and a sense of social responsibility in the students.
One of the benefits of the class teacher model is that teachers can identify and monitor in considerable depth both student achievements and challenges over an extended period of time. This enables a more detailed level of understanding about each child’s progress, than if they work with each student for just a single year
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