Stages of Education
Aberdeen Waldorf School’s Nursery and Kindergarten classes cater for children from three years to six-and-a-half. At present we have two Kindergarten groups. Teaching in this section of the school is aimed at helping the child to develop their imagination and their social skills. This is done through play, practical activities, storytelling, creative play and the growing appreciation of the rhythmical cycle of activities – leading them gently towards their school years.
We also run a Parent and Toddler Group during term time catering for parents with children up to three years old. Anyone who is interested can just turn up. We are always pleased to welcome new members. We also have an Afternoon Care group which provides supervision and activities outside the classroom time for younger children.
Aberdeen Waldorf School’s Lower School caters for children from six-and-a-half to 14 years. Formal learning begins with a careful balance between intellectual, artistic and practical content. Subjects taught include reading, writing, arithmetic, English, languages, art, movement, history, geography and science.
In all classes there is a carefully selected programme of outside activities to compliment the curriculum.
The subjects include English, languages, chemistry, physics, biology, history, geography, art, humanities, crafts, metal work, woodwork, movement and sports. At age 16, pupils currently go on to other schools or colleges to complete their education. Experience shows that, equipped with their life skills from the Waldorf education in their formative years, pupils take this transition in their stride.
Pupils are entered into the Scottish Standard Grade exams in several subjects. The new Scottish Curriculum for Excellence is also being incorporated into the Senior School Teaching programme.
Aberdeen Waldorf School is also working to achieve its aspirations to develop both resources and teaching facilities to cater for pupils right through to age 18.