In 2015 Sheidow Park School offered a Steiner Education Stream alongside its main stream curriculum for incoming Reception children. The year was a great success and those students have now moved on to Class 1. Each year a new year level will be added so in 2016 there is Reception and Class 1 Steiner, in 2017 there will be Reception, Class 1 and Class 2 Steiner etc.
Class sizes are limited so If you have a child about to start Reception and may be interested in pursuing Steiner Education please contact the school to arrange an interview with principal Jenny as soon as possible on 8381 8911.
Steiner Education Stream
Curriculum and Pedagogy
Taken from the Sheidow Park School website:
The Steiner Curriculum “……strives to meet the needs of the child, and to encourage creativity and develop thinking. Steiner Education seeks to recognise the individuality of the child, and through a balanced education, allows them to go out into the world in confidence” ( Courtesy of www.trinitygps.sa.edu.au)
The Steiner Curriculum is approved by ACARA, the governing body for curriculum in Australia. It is one of only 3 alternative curriculums approved by ACARA, (along with Montessori and International Baccalaureate.) This means that these curriculums are well-established national curriculum frameworks which deliver comparable educational outcomes for students as those based on the Australian Curriculum.
Steiner Education is an holistic education. The approach is always from whole to the parts, the concrete to the abstract, so that learning takes place in an integrated way. Subjects are studied in relation to each other so that students perceive their unity, rather than splitting them into separate compartments..
Typically the day is divided into three parts with the Main Lesson taught in the morning followed by the Practice Lessons and Specialist Lessons.The Main Lesson subjects include English, History, Science and Maths presented through given themes.
Practice Lessons are built on the Main Lesson content and expand understanding.
Specialist Lessons include Craft, Languages Other Than English, Gardening, Specialist Music, Games and Sport, etc.
Steiner Education is sometimes called Waldorf Education and is based on the philosophies of Rudolf Steiner. Steiner Education is interdisciplinary and aims to school the head, heart and hands through a balanced approach to cognitive, socio-emotional and active experiential learning. This approach fosters the development of understanding rather than memorisation.