” Our highest endeavour must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility – these three forces are the very nerve of education’ – Rudolf Steiner
The Australian Steiner Curriculum
The Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework is approved by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). ACARA noted that the different approaches to learning in the Steiner Curriculum allow for comparable educational outcomes for students, same as the The Australian Curriculum. Please read more about The Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework here >>>
The Steiner curriculum is designed to be responsive to the three developmental stages of childhood. The Physical from 0 – 7 years, The Imagination from 7 – 14 and the Spirit from 14 – 21 years.
Preschool (0-7 years) is characterised by children actively learning through imitation and their own creative experience, in a safe, natural and loving environment. The child’s imagination and sense of wonder are fostered, without intellectual abstraction, through stories, songs, creative play, interaction with nature and involvement in the everyday human activity.
Childhood (7-14) is the optimal stage for nurturing imagination. Curriculum content, cognitive development and skill-building are approached through a pictorial and imaginative presentation, embodying narrative, creative writing, the visual arts, music, drama and movement. This fostering of the feeling life enables the students to live into and engage more fully with the academic material. The timing of curriculum content and lessons are carefully matched to meet the children’s developmental and emotional needs. (Steiner Education Australia SEA 2010)
The Early Childhood curriculum includes topics covering English/History, Science, Numeracy, Social Development and the Creative Arts
PRIMARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM
The Primary School curriculum includes topics covering English, Mathematics, Science and HaSS (including History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship and Economics and Business) Topics are content areas which can be taught as Main Lessons over 3–4 weeks.
HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM
The High School Curriculum arranges subjects, covering English, History, Mathematics, Science and Geography and Civics and Citizenship
A holistic education
A Steiner Education is to support and educate children such that their own innate and unique human qualities may come to greater fulfilment.
Students are encouraged to find an identity, meaning and purpose in life by forming connections with the community, the natural world and with values such as compassion and peace. The holistic approach includes the nurturing of a sense of reverence for life, feelings of wonder and awe and a passionate love of learning.
To raise student awareness of the greater rhythms in nature, society and the world, the seasons and cultural festivals are celebrated. Teaching methods favour multi-modal arts learning, real-life experiences, and ‘lively sources of knowledge’ that include gymnastics, dance-movement, and the dramatic arts.
The continuing relationship between the child and the Class teacher, as well as the regular communications with parents, enables the teacher to continuously assess the child’s work in a discreet and accurate way and to understand individual strengths and weaknesses. The teacher is able to monitor the child’s progress along a continuum, covering academic, developmental and social aspects, rather than relying heavily on formal testing.