Kindergarten4 to 6 years
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Kindergarten (3 years six months to 6 years)
8.45am – 1.45pm There are currently three Kindergarten groups within the school. Within each Kindergartens the age range is between 3 years 6 months to 6 years old. The curriculum for the Kindergarten is structured to respond to the children’s developmental needs, builds their confidence and prepares them for their move to the Main School. We begin each morning with a walk up to the edge of the South Downs, enjoying the views over the town and sea, the many wild flowers and birds, the children rolling down the hills and talking to the urban shepherd and other friends we have made. Our rhythm allows for creative play, outdoor time and our daily activities, such as; wet on wet painting, eurythmy, baking, handwork and crafts. All the materials the children use are from natural sources, for example; brightly coloured beeswax crayons, sheep’s fleece and wood for our woodwork activities. The creative play in Kindergarten allows the children’s imagination to flourish. On a typical Kindergarten morning a visitor would see children building castles, pirate ships, a fire station and perhaps a sushi restaurant or pizza factory! Love of language and communication is fostered through stories, songs, rhymes and puppet shows, along with the personal interactions of creative play. Numeracy skills develop in play through stacking, sorting, collecting, gathering, clapping and counting. Creative tasks such as painting and drawing and domestic activities, for example cooking and sewing, develop co-ordination and creativity. The children also learn to love and respect the earth and the earth’s seasons by tending the garden, planting flowers and vegetables and harvesting their produce.
Children learn directly from life and the world around them. Formal academic concepts are taught slightly later in the Steiner Waldorf Curriculum. During the Kindergarten years, the vital building blocks for learning are laid down within a reassuring day-to-day rhythm and the yearly flow of seasonal change and festivals. Festivals Our Early Years community welcomes family and friends to join us in school to celebrate our Festivals, which are held throughout the school year. Our Festivals are a vital and joyous part of our curriculum and brought to the children through stories, songs and activities.
Little Kindergarten is for children 2 Years six months to 3 years and 6 months old. See the Little Kindergarten page here.
Woodland Days in Stanmer Park
On our Woodland Day we love walks through the beautiful woods of Stanmer Park. We cook soup on the open fire, make crafts out of treasures that we find on our way and enjoy playing outside.
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