Primary School

Primary School

Starting in first grade, Waldorf students have a “class teacher” who will stay with them through fifth, and frequently even eighth, grade. The core curriculum taught by the class teacher is supported by subject teachers. The core curriculum and the subject classes are aligned with the students’ development as they grow.

Curriculum by Grade

Story Curriculum: Multicultural fairy tales, Maori legends, nature stories

Language Arts: Choral recitation, pictorial introduction and writing upper and lower case letters, sentence writing, oral storytelling, reading

Mathematics: Quality of numbers, counting forwards and backwards from 1-100, Roman numerals from I – X, odd/even numbers, four arithmetic processes, skip counting

Form Drawing: Straight and curved lines, standing forms, running forms

Visual Art: Crayon drawing,  wet-on-wet painting, craft, wax modelling

Handwork: Finger knitting, making knitting needles, knitting, sewing

Music: Singing, beat and rhythm making, pentatonic recorder

Drama: Puppets, re-enacting fairy tales, assembly performances

Maori: Waiata, karakia, waiata-a-ringa, and mihimihi 

Festivals: Class preparation and community celebration of festivals

Outdoor classroom: Exploring school gardens, farm land and local spaces, craft making with natural materials, 

Farm to Table: Observing nature, gardening, composting, planting, worm farms

Movement: Ring games from around the world, skipping, beginning ball skills, balance, stilt walking, hopscotch, tagging game

Story Curriculum: Animal fables, Saints stories, King of Ireland’s Son, multicultural folklore, Pakiwaitara/Pūrākau – local stories and legends

Language Arts: Recitation, retelling stories, beginning composition, reading, punctuation, spelling, elements of grammar

Mathematics: Four arithmetic processes, place value, carrying/borrowing, number patterns,  times tables, mental math practice

Science: The nearby world around us

Form Drawing: Symmetry, reflection, running & rhythmical forms, spirals

Visual Art: Crayon drawing, beeswax modelling, form arising out 

of colour

Handwork: knitting, purl stitch, adding and reducing stitches, correcting mistakes, crocheting, hand sewing

Music: Singing in unison, recorder playing, playing by imitation

Drama: Re-enacting fables and legends, assembly performances

Maori: Waiata, karakia, waiata-a-ringa, and mihimihi, 

Festivals: Class preparation and community celebration of festivals

Outdoor Classroom: Craft making with natural materials, basic fire skills, cooking on a fire, trips associated with main lesson studies

Farm to Table: Discovering living systems, gardening, composting, planting, worm farms

Movement: Ring games from around the world, skipping, beginning ball skills, balance, stilt walking, tagging games relay races, hula hoops

Story Curriculum: Old Testament stories, Maori Creation Myths

Language Arts: Speaking, composition, spelling, reading comprehension, basic parts of speech, punctuation, cursive writing

Mathematics: Time, measurement, weight, monetary calculations, times tables,

Science: Farming, agriculture, house building, people at work

Social Studies: Festival celebrations, ancient Hebrew culture, study of shelters through time,

Form Drawing: Circle divisions, expansion/contraction, comlex forms

Visual Art: Crayon/coloured pencil drawing, wet-on-wet painting

Handwork: Knitting patterns with different colours, fair isle knitting, weaving, crocheting, hand sewing

Music: Recorder playing, introduction to musical notation, singing in unison

Drama: Class play

Maori: Waiata, karakia, waiata-a-ringa, and mihimihi, commands, special nouns and verbs

Festivals: Cass preparation and community celebration of annual festivals

Outdoor Classroom: Basic fire skills, whittling, day tramps, shelter making, class camp

Farm to Table: Soil building, gardening, sprouting, harvesting, plant identification

Movement: Ball skills, historical world games, folk dancing, handball games, tagging games, relay races

Language Arts: Grammar, punctuation, verb tenses, descriptive & letter writing, cursive with      fountain pen, poetry recitation, reading comprehension

Mathematics: Number patterns, times tables, long multiplication & division, fractions

Science: Human and animal

Social Studies: Local Geography, Māori and European local history, Norse Myths, map-making

Form Drawing: Weaving patterns, Celtic knots

Visual Art: Wet-on-wet painting, clay modelling, crayon/coloured pencil drawings 

Handwork: Cross stitch, chain stitch, crocheting in a round, hand sewing

Music: Recorder, singing in rounds, introduction to a second instrument

Drama: Development of individual speaking parts, Norse class play

Maori: Te Reo, waiata, karakia, karakete, commands, Tī rākau, paku mihi, simple conversations

Festivals: Class preparation and community celebration of annual festivals

Outdoor Classroom: Two night class camp, waka canoe trips, Marae camp, cycle outings

Farm to Table: Growing food, harvesting, preparing and sharing food, building community

Physical Education: Team sports such as volleyball, miniball, touch rugby, netball, cross country running

Language Arts: Grammar, composition, spelling, reading, report writing, direct/indirect speech, active/passive voice, paragraph structure, book reports, research writing,

Mathematics: Introduction to decimals, fraction problems, ratio & proportion, geometry,  freehand geometry, mental math practice, multiples & factors, prime numbers

Science: Botany: exploration of the plant kingdom

Social Studies: Ancient India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt and Greece, NZ geography

Form Drawing: Celtic, Greek and Byzantine influenced patterns:

Visual Art: Wet-on-wet painting, clay modelling, pencil drawing

Handwork: Reading knitting patterns, knitting slippers, socks and gloves

Woodwork: Practicing with tools: saws, rasps, gouge and mallet, spoke shave, draw knife, drills, and carving knife, finishing techniques

Music: Reading musical notation, recorder playing in parts, part singing, performance

Drama: Solo parts, Greek chorus

Maori: Extending kupu hou and marae protocol, conversational practice, mihimihi

Festivals: Class preparation and community celebration of annual festivals

Outdoor Classroom: Clay modeling, harakeke, cycling, waka canoe trips, museum visits, Greek Olympics camp

Farm to Table: Growing food, harvesting, preparing and sharing food, building community

Physical Education: Team sports, cooperative games, athletics, cross country running, Olympic disciplines such as, javelin, discus, wrestling.

Language Arts: Advanced grammar, spelling, report writing, research projects,  stylistic writing, presentation of work

Mathematics: Business math, algebra, constructive geometry, relationship of circles, triangles & polygons, Pythagorean theorem, introduction of abstract formulas, 

Science: Geology, mineralogy,  astronomy

Social Studies: Islam, ancient Rome, Middle Ages in Europe and Asia, Geography of the Pacific Basin

Form Drawing: Geometric drawing with instruments Study of Plato, Aristotle, Thales, Pythagoras, Eratosthenes, and Archimedes

Visual Art: Clay modelling, watercolour painting, geometric drawing, mosaics, 

Woodwork: Practicing with hand tools to make spoon, bowl

Handwork: Designing and making a stuffed animal, pattern making, fabric cutting, using a sewing machine

Music: Part and response singing, extended musical pieces

Drama: Medieval class play

Maori: Pakumihi, conversational practice, asking questions, kapahaka

Festivals: Class preparation and community celebration of annual festivals

Outdoor Classroom: Clay firing, environmental action, class trips associated with main lesson studies, class camp

Farm to Table: Growing food, harvesting, preparing and sharing food, building community

Physical Education: Team sports, cooperative games, athletics, cross country running, participation in local sports teams, complex folk dancing, stave work

Language Arts: Poetry composition, creative writing, grammar, spelling, literature, biographies, reports, research, techniques for composition, presentation skills

Mathematics: Algebra, graphs, golden mean, Fibonacci series, order of operations, signed numbers & powers, positive/negative numbers, study of triangles & circles, area

Science: Physics of magnetism and electricity, geocentric astronomy, chemistry of heat, symbols of the elements and formulae of simple compounds, physics of levers, human anatomy and movement of skeletal joints, health, sexuality (human relationships)  & nutrition, cyber citizenship

Social Studies: Age of Exploration, Renaissance & Reformation, World geography, Biographies

Form Drawing: Advanced forms

Visual Art: Perspective drawing, felting, woodworking

Wood/Metal work: Making objects from wood, pewter and copper

Handwork: Doll making, designing and making clothes

Music: Playing and singing in harmony, exploration of differentiated tones, qualities and dynamics, practice reading musical notation, opportunities for solo performances

Drama: Shakespeare class play

Maori: Pakumihi, Kapahaka, practice of conversational Te Reo

Festivals: Class preparation and community celebration of annual festivals

Outdoor Classroom: Environmental action, bushcraft, camping, tramping, class adventure camp

Farm to Table: Growing food, harvesting, preparing and sharing food, building community 

Physical Education: Athletics, cross country running, participation in local sports teams, sports leadership, coaching in competitive ball sports

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