Elementary 6-12 years

We believe the best foundation for a strong education is learning how to learn. Our students are actively engaged in the learning process through guided exploration and discovery. We recognise that elementary students possess the ability to think abstractly, and have a tremendous appetite for knowledge and powerful imaginations.

Our Elementary curriculum is a natural progression of the children’s early explorations and is cemented in the tradition of storytelling that begins each year with the Great Lessons. Each story is told over a number of days and weeks and interpreted by the children though props, science experiments, drama games, movement, art, music, and much much more.

The following is a brief summary of our lower and upper elementary curriculum span.

  • The Story of the Beginnings of the Universe (from the Big Bang to the formation of the Earth)
  • The Story of the Coming of Life (from the first life forms to the first humans)
  • The Coming of Humans (from our ancient ancestors to present day civilizations)
  • The Story of Language (from the first word through early symbols and alphabets to present day communication)
  • The Story of Number (The history of mathematics and its uses across cultures)

Practical Life Skills

  • Time management and organisation skills
  • Conflict resolution tools
  • Personal hygiene
  • Cooking, sewing, gardening, cleaning
  • Plant and animal care
  • Earning and using money
  • Exercise and outdoor activity
  • Yoga

Mathematics

  • Always moves from the concrete to the abstract
  • Builds a mathematical mind
  • Develops understanding of concepts through sensorial exploration of concrete materials
  • Discovery based
  • Includes arithmetic, geometry, algebra, problem solving, history of mathematics

Language Arts

  • Drama, poetry, literature, song, music, dance, story
  • Reading taught with both phonetic and whole language approach
  • Grammar studies present the structure of language coherently, so the child will learn to speak and write well
  • Library & reference books are used for research & pleasure
  • Handwriting begins with hand control exercises
  • Creative writing skills develop from level to level
  • Spelling taught by analysing generalisations and rules.

Geography

  • Physical – land & water formations, maps & globes, hydrosphere, biomes
  • Cultural – continent and country studies
  • Economic – natural resources and their uses, interdependence of nations

Science

  • Includes cosmology, chemistry, astronomy, palaeontology and geology
  • Extensive biology nomenclature study
  • Classification of living organisms
  • Ecological viewpoint – the interdependence of all life
  • Using scientific inquiry skills
  • Development of observation skills
  • Health and nutrition

History & Basic Needs of People

  • Building an understanding of time and historical time
  • Development of life on Earth
  • Ancient civilisations
  • Modern history
  • Anthropology