Milkwood Steiner School, Darwin, Northern Territory

The Main Lesson

The Main Lesson is one of the basic elements of the Steiner curriculum.  It involves the thorough working of the main subjects (such as geography, science, history, mathematics or literature), taught in main lesson blocks of about two hours per day, over several weeks. It is always conducted in the morning, when the children are fresh and is followed by a change of activity.

The topics are approached through a variety of means, including stories, painting, recitation, a physical group project or a game, until the children have made some connection to it with every part of themselves. It is then set aside to ‘digest’ and a further topic is taken up. This pattern is natural to children, as anyone who has observed the success of ‘crazes’ in a playground will know. The result is a thorough and satisfying assimilation of knowledge, thus maintaining the child’s enthusiasm for learning.

All children have ‘main lesson books’, which are their own workbooks that they create during the year. They essentially produce their own ‘textbooks’, which record their experiences and what they’ve learned. Upper grades use textbooks to supplement their main lesson work.

Class 1 & 2

  • Form drawing
  • Introduction of Numbers & Letters
  • Writing & Reading
  • Arithmetic: The four Processes, Mental Math’s
  • Fairy Tales, Nature stories, Animal Fables
  • Celtic Legends, Lives of the Saints

Class 3 & 4

  • Arithmetic: Measurement, Fractions, Long Division and Multiplication
  • English: Parts of Speech, Sentence Building, Punctuation, Tenses, Story-Writing, Letter-Writing
  • Reading
  • Farming, Clothing and Shelter, House Building
  • Geography of Home, School & Surroundings
  • Bible Stories from the Old Testament
  • Peoples Work in the World
  • Nordic Mythology, Australian Aboriginal Stories
  • Comparative Zoology (man and his relationship to animals)

Class 5 & 6

  • Arithmetic: Fractions & Decimals, Percentages & Interest, Exchange & Discount, Formulae, Beginnings of Algebra
  • English: Literature, Poetry, Active & Passive Verb
  • Forms, Direct Quotation, Conditional Sentences,
  • Business Letters, Style
  • Stories, history and maps of India, Persia, Babylon,
  • Egypt, Greece & Rome, Greek Myths
  • Science: Botany, Astronomy, Acoustics, Mineralogy,
  • Heat, Electricity & Magnetism
  • Geometric Drawing
  • Geology: landforms and associated rock types

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Students will be performing at this years’ Seabreeze Festival!

The String Ensemble will open the CDU Music Stage at 2.05pm followed by the School Choir at 2.20pm.
From 4.30 Strings players will busk en-masse on the Slab Stage.

Come and hear us play and sing!

Listening, creating and performing music are all integral aspects of a balanced music education. Through the students’ involvement in sequential and age appropriate activities, music takes a central position in Waldorf education, studied both as a discrete discipline and most importantly as a vital part of the pedagogy. Exercises for training the musical ear are practiced, providing a solid base for subsequent musical accomplishment and singing and choral work are developed throughout the school years. Children learn the recorder from Class One through to Class Six and individual tuition of a stringed instrument and music notation is taught from Class Three, and by Class Four children participate in orchestral work.
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