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The Steiner-Waldorf curriculum is both vertical and horizontal - developing a child's abilities and capacities in all subjects through cross-curricular fertilisation. This enables children to see the inter-connectedness of all things, in school as well as in life.

The following is a brief overview of the main themes within the Alder Bridge school curriculum for each year group. In addition to the Main Lesson, in which all core subjects are taught by the Class Teacher, all children learn French, German, Handwork, Eurythmy, Games and Music from Class 1 and throughout the school. All lessons are enriched by an abundance of music, drama, visual art, movement and storytelling, making the process of learning a joyful and satisfying experience.

Class 1 - the alphabet, spelling, writing, reading, fairy tales, nature stories, numbers, the four maths processes, multiplication tables, form drawing, skipping, pentatonic recorder, knitting.

Class 2 - fables, legends, folk tales, writing sentences, spelling, reading, number place value, mental arithmetic, chasing and catching games, diatonic recorder, crochet.

Class 3 - creation stories, Old Testament stories, riddles, measurement, time and money, building, farming, circus skills, orchestra (continues through to Class 8), crocheting a recorder case.

Class 4 - Norse mythology, local geography, traditional crafts, grammar and punctuation, long division and long multiplication, fractions, the human and animals, cross stitch.

Class 5 - Ancient history (India, Persia, Egypt, Greece), Egyptian and Greek mythology, Buddhism, Hinduism, decimals, freehand geometry, botany, geography of Britain, athletics.

Class 6 – Ancient Rome, Christianity, Islam, the Middle Ages, geography of Europe, geology, percentages, mathematical formulas, exact geometry, knitting socks or gloves, team sports skills.

Class 7 – Age of Discovery, the Renaissance, geography of Africa and America, essay writing, creative writing, Shakespeare, biographies, business maths, Pythagoras, astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, machine sewing.

Class 8 – World history to present day, geography of Asia and Australia, algebra, physics, chemistry, biology, sewing a garment to wear, gymnastics, major personal project and presentation, class theatrical production.


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