Our Syllabus

Syllabus and indicative content

A Living Document

Every weekend

Singing

Artistic Activities

Communal meals

Students teaching students: Peer Learning

Anthroposophical study

Generous break times for conversation and encounter

Embedded in the course throughout

Child observation and safeguarding

Assessment for learning

Inclusion and Diversity

Planning, Preparation and Curriculum Design

Movement and Conversation

Year 1

September

Child development in the Waldorf context

Your own education experience

Drawing and Painting

Child development overview 6 to 14

The vision of Waldorf Education

The threefold human being

October

Observation: Nature, Children and Myself

How Children learn

Drawing and Painting

Goethean observation

Child observation

The seven life and learning processes

The fourfold human being

November

Numeracy and other subject threads

Working with Polarities

Drawing and Painting

Numeracy 1 to 8

The four temperaments

December

Literacy and Festivals

The Advent Spiral: Conscious Rituals in the Waldorf Context

Drawing and Painting

Literacy 1 to 8

From Jesus to Christ

The Evolution of Consciousness

January

Feeding the imagination: Telling Stories

From image to imagination

Drawing and Painting

Story Telling 1 to 8

Creating significant images

Individuality and Freedom

February

Music and community

Collaborative learning

Drawing and Painting

Singing and Music 1 to 8

The importance of rhythm

Developing Resonance and Resilience: an inner path

Students telling stories

March

Movement and creative problem solving

Creative problem solving

Drawing and Painting

Working with Movement and Games  1 to 8

The moving classroom impulse

Resonance and Resilience (cont.)

Students telling stories

April

Spring residential- experiential learning and development

Eurythmy

Bothmer Gymnastics and Games

Singing

Art History

Geometry

Clay Modelling

Drawing the Human Being

Goethean encounter

Students telling stories

May

Our place in the World: Geography and History

Equality and Diversity

Form Drawing

Geography 1 to 8

History 1 to 8

A decolonised, diverse curriculum

Resonance and Resilience (cont.)

Students telling stories

June

The outdoor classroom: A deep dive into Crafting

Each student engages with one of

Blacksmithing

Green woodwork

Claywork and kiln building

July

Science and society: the art of finding out and getting on

PHSE and relationship education

Form Drawing

Middle school science

Collegial working and Leadership

Students telling stories

August

Summer residential: experiential learning and development

Singing

Perspective Drawing

Drama

Goethean Science and Ecology

Land- based Science, Parcival

Year 2

September

Early Literacy and classroom observation

Classroom speech and recitation

Eurythmy

Early Literacy

Painting

Model Main Lesson: Fables

Rudolf Steiner’s First Teachers Course

Classroom Observation and Placement preparation

October

Early numeracy and classroom case studies

Speech and Recitation

Eurythmy

Early numeracy

Painting

Model Main Lesson: Measurement

Rudolf Steiner’s First Teachers Course

Classroom practice: Case studies and role play

November

Nature study and classroom practice

Speech and Recitation

Eurythmy

Nature Study 4 to 8

Drawing

Model Main Lesson: Wellbeing and Nutrition

Rudolf Steiner’s First Teachers Course

Classroom practice: Habits, Discipline and Engagement

December

Physics and Professional standards

Steiner Waldorf Teacher Standards

Eurythmy

Physics 6 to 8

Drawing

Model Main Lesson: Platonic solids

Rudolf Steiner’s First Teachers Course

Classroom practice: Lesson Flow

January

Life Sciences and Professional Standards

Steiner Waldorf Teacher Standards

Child observation and study

Biology 7 and 8

Handwriting and Calligraphy

Chemistry 7/8

Model Main Lesson: Sex and Relationship Education

Rudolf Steiner’s First Teachers Course

Classroom practice: Preparation, Presentation, Assigning Work

February

Geography and Professional Standards

Steiner Waldorf Teacher Standards

Special Educational Needs

Geography 5 to 8

Handwriting/ Calligraphy

Model Main Lesson: Geology

Rudolf Steiner’s First Teachers Course

Classroom practice: Assessment for Learning

March

History and Professional Standards

Steiner Waldorf Teacher Standards

Special Educational Needs

History 5 to 8

Perspective Drawing

Model Main Lesson: Renaissance through Art

Rudolf Steiner’s First Teachers Course

Classroom Practice: Meaningful Differentiation

April

Spring residential- experiential learning and development

As in Year 1, with additional courses on mentoring and leadership

May

Assessment for Learning and Working with Parents

Working with Verses and Meditations

Working with Parents

Perspective Drawing

Safeguarding Children

Assessment for Learning

Model Main Lesson: Projects and Independent Work

Rudolf Steiner’s First Teachers Course

Classroom Practice: Writing Reports and creating meaningful records

June

The outdoor classroom: A deep dive into Crafting

As in Year 1, choosing a different craft

July

Leadership, Mentoring, Appraisal

Looking Forward to School life: Being prepared

Forms of Leadership

Mentoring and Appraisal

Perspective Drawing

Student Project Presentations #1

August

Summer residential: Project presentations and graduation

As in Year 1, plus space for graduation and projects #2

Waldorf Institute Graduation Project

Rationale: an independent project over six months designed to demonstrate the acquired skills, interests and perspectives (SIP)

Five Requirements:

  1. Setting a theme into context (Research and Experience)
  2. Investigating a theme as to its defining characteristics (Research)
  3. Judging and applying its relevance in a personal and professional context (Creative and reflective work)
  4. Applying the acquired SIP to own practice in present and future (Creative and reflexive work)
  5. Confident and engaging presentation of the results to a group of peers and faculty  (Creative and presentation work)