The Steiner approach is informed by international best practice and reflects the innovative and effective pedagogical practice outlined in the Primary School Curriculum.

Mathematics

Mathematics is taught in a very concrete and practical way in the school. Through stepping, clapping, skipping and using beanbags, for example, the children experience the rhythm and patterns of numbers with their whole bodies. From this comes their maths tables. From the child's own experience and from nature and stories come the qualities of numbers. Mathematical concepts arise from the children's activities, whether it be putting toys away in junior infants (sorting) or building a swing in fourth class (measurement).

 

English

Oral language, reading and writing are all inextricably linked in any language. In Junior Infants the priority is given to oral work by providing a rich experience of stories, rhymes, songs, drama and conversation. Building on this strong foundation in senior infants, writing is introduced through fairy tales and other stories. Reading begins with the children reading their own teacher-led texts and develops through the years until they become independent readers of a rich and wide selection of books. At the same time, equal priority is given to oral and writing skills so they can also express themselves in many different ways and situations.

 

Other Languages

Irish and French are taught in the school, in the early years via songs and games and developed further in the upper classes. The new Irish curriculum puts emphasis on the use of Irish as a living language and this is how it is used in this school. As well as the Irish class itself, there is widespread use of the language in everyday activities in the classroom eg: in practical subjects such as P.E. and art and crafts.

 

Art & Drama

Artistic classes are an integral aspect of this interdisciplinary approach and include choral and instrumental music, eurythmy, drama, painting and sculpture.

 

Eurythmy

Eurythmy is a dance-like art form in which music or speech are expressed in bodily movement; specific movements correspond to particular notes or sounds. It has also been called visible speech or visible song. Eurythmy is part of the curriculum at all Steiner Waldorf Schools. Children respond to its simple rhythms and exercises which offer physical strength and overall well being. Eurythmy enhances coordination and strengthens the ability to listen. When children experience themselves like an orchestra and have to keep a clear relationship in space with each other, a social strengthening also results.

 

Life Skills

A comprehensive balance of practical skills is provided for the school age student. Gardening, handcrafts, cooking and woodwork are not only taught as individual subjects but also used in a cross-curricular manner to enhance other subject areas.

 

Religion

The multi-denominational approach encompasses an insight into world religions and celebrations of their major festivals. All children are introduced to different religions from around the world, usually through festivals and stories. Any parent who wishes to prepare their child for a particular Sacrament will be supported by the school. However, the responsibility for preparation of a child for any Sacrament will be with the parents.