The Waldorf Steiner curriculum is based on the work of Dr Rudolf Steiner, a well published and respected Austrian philosopher and scientist, who broke new ground in many areas of cultural, social and scientific thinking.
The Waldorf Curriculum focuses on the development of the unique spirit of individual children. It seeks to educate as a whole, encompassing the head, heart and hands. To attain academic achievement, respect for fellow individuals and creativity as well as striving to develop in each child their natural talents and abilities.
The broad-based Waldorf curriculum has been developed over the past 85 years. Subjects are linked together and not taught in isolation. This means that pupils develop a broader, more coherent understanding of the world we live in.
Pupils also enjoy the continuity of having the same teacher who stays with the class for a number of years. Similarly in the lower school the class teacher remains with the class through until the age of 14 years. This focus on a longer term pupil-teacher relationship enables teachers to build up a greater understanding of each child and their particular needs.
Waldorf education fosters a respect for childhood and an understanding of what children need in their journey from childhood to adulthood. It promotes human values, a comprehensive approach, and a balance between academic and creative thinking.
Waldorf education focuses on what is appropriate for both the pupil’s age and his or her individual needs. Each child is also encouraged to develop his or her most effective way of learning.