Class 7

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Class 7

The main theme for Class 7 is the Renaissance. Pupils study the transition from Medieval history to the Renaissance. In keeping with the Steiner principle of teaching reflecting the child’s development, these topics mirror the child’s own transition as understanding about the world dawns. They are moving from their own Dark Ages to their Age of Enlightenment. Pupils learn how the geocentric world view of Ptolemy gave way to the heliocentric view of Copernicus, with recognition that in fact the earth moves around the sun.

At this stage, the child’s potential for depth of feeling is increased and the music and art of the Renaissance meet that in the curriculum. Class 7 is a year of feeling, and feeling in balance. To complement this, in their art classes pupils produce beautiful views of Venice and other pieces reflecting the mood and style of the Renaissance, and are capable of producing very mature work. The Renaissance Main Lesson is a wonderful chance to look at drawing, painting and modeling through the High Renaissance artists Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo, respectively.

Other Main Lesson themes for Class 7 include astronomy, the age of the explorers, chemistry and creative writing. Nutrition and hygiene form the basis of an understanding of physiology and this exploring of the way things work is extended to the inanimate realm with the study of mechanics and mechanical engineering.

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Class 7 sailing trip- all hands on deck

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