Milkwood teachers are guided by the Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework. The framework has been approved by the Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority (ACARA), which recognises that all content from the Australian National Curriculum is delivered. However, Steiner schools often introduce concepts in different years, in line with Steiner’s indications of the developmental needs of the child.
The curriculum is designed to unfold according to the stages of development of the growing child. Academic subjects are enriched and enlivened in a way that meets the developmental stages of the children, offering both sensory and intellectual nourishment.
To assist the young people to learn to know and love the world in childhood, to begin to develop good judgement in adolescence, to freely take responsibility for life’s journey in adulthood; these are our tasks as teachers and parents.
The reverence and respect felt by Steiner teachers for the special qualities of each stage of childhood shapes the school environment, the way teachers communicate with the children, the materials used, the activities undertaken and the approach to learning at each developmental stage.
Teachers are dedicated to creating a genuine love of learning within each child. By freely using art, craft, music and language in conjunction with the teaching of academics, learning becomes a living, creative process.