When the school was born in 2017, we offered Year 1 - 5 in two composite classes: Class 1/2 and Class 3/4/5.
This has now evolved in 2020 to include single stream classes from Kindergarten to Class 4 and a composite 5/6 class. With a community of interested parents, this may expand to a high school in the future.
The traditional learning sequence within Steiner schools is for academic learning to occur in the morning in the "Main Lesson" and afternoons filled with creative, expressive and outdoor learning experiences.
Academic Learning - Explored as Main Lesson Units
Art is used by class teachers throughout the entire day in a Steiner school to inspire a joy in learning within the students. Creative expression through Visual Arts, Music, Speech and Drama, Creative Movement and Media Arts are woven through the main lesson and delivered as specialised subjects in the afternoon periods of the learning day. Every student participates in singing, dance and instrument playing each day.
Bush School and Outdoor Education
The natural environment is used in all areas of Steiner school education. In addition to including outdoor experiences into the academic learning, the children also participate in outdoor education.
This includes gardening studies; field studies, immersion excursions to the Tasmanian wilderness; bush walking; camps for all year levels.
For early childhood time is set aside each day for creative play.
Music and singing is a part of the daily timetable. Each student learns to play the recorder in Class 1 with the class.
This year we have a language teacher offering Indonesian to all classes from Prep to Class 6, each week.
Health and PE
Children participate in daily physical activity. This includes walks, creative movement; games, skipping and gymnastics which build the child's coordination, balance, strength and agility.
Healthy eating and lifestyle choices are embedded in Steiner School culture. Children are taught about the growing and preparation of healthy and unprocessed foods.
Tamar Valley Steiner School