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The curriculum for Class 5 has a main theme of Ancient Civilizations. The narrative thread for this theme often begins with the fall of Atlantis and the exodus led by Manu in his boat pulled along by a giant fish. Manu and his followers initially settle in the Gobi desert. From this original settlement groups set off to establish new civilizations in India, followed by Persia, then Babylonia, Egypt and finally Greece. This is supplemented by a course in the language, writing and thought of Ancient Greece, taught by a specialist teacher.

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Through studying these ancient civilisations in sequence, the children experience the qualitative changes in the development of humanity that took place through these different cultural epochs. This process of human development has a direct resonance with the child’s developing consciousness. A second important theme for Class 5 is botany. This forms part of an age-specific sequence that allows the children to understand how they themselves are related to the kingdoms of nature.

The sequence begins in Class 4 with the study of the human form, followed by the study of animal forms. In Class 5 the children study their relationship to the plant kingdom. Finally in Class 6, the focus moves to the study of the mineral world in the form of geology and mineralogy.

The Class 5 Botany Main Lesson might begin with the children exploring the various different forms that the dandelion plant takes during the course of the year: a small rosette of leaves in spring, a bright yellow flower in summer, a white ‘clock’ of seeds in autumn and an empty withered stem in winter. Having taken in the whole plant, the children go on to look at the five main parts of a plant: root, stem, leaves, flowers and fruit.

Other subjects covered in Class 5 include the geography of the British Isles, freehand
geometry, grammar and the punctuation of reported speech.
In mathematics the main presentation is on decimal fractions.
There is also a strong focus on athletics in Class 5, which coincides with the study of the
Greek Olympics and the children’s participation in an inter-schools Olympic event.

Other subjects covered in Class 5 include the geography of the British Isles, freehand geometry, grammar and the punctuation of reported speech. In mathematics the main presentation is on decimal fractions. There is also a strong focus on athletics in Class 5, which coincides with the study of the Greek Olympics and the children’s participation in an inter-schools Olympic event.

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