The Geography curriculum in Steiner-Waldorf schools begins close to home, seeing familiar places from a different viewpoint. We take walks around the local area, across the fields and along the canal, making maps based on our experiences. Later, our view expands across the UK, into Europe and eventually setting off across the rest of the world.

Class 5/6 have been exploring Europe in their Geography main lesson this term. With 21 nationalities currently represented in the school community the children have heard about life in a number of countries, with each child choosing a country to study in more depth for a personal project. While they worked on their projects and presentations, a 'feast' day was held, with every child bringing in a traditional dish from the country of their studies - there was rugbraud from Iceland, krakuski from Poland, huevos moles from the Canary Islands, Spanish omelette, Italian pizza, Norwegian buttercream biscuits, Danish herring, liquorice and cheese from the Netherlands, Greek salad, Russian borscht and blinis, Swedish chocolate bullar, Romanian sweet salami, and Czech trdelnik. It was a very enjoyable way to get the flavour of Europe!

 

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Michaelmas time, Michaelmas time!
Time is turning under the plough,
Under the stars, under the signs,
The ploughman toils with deep furrowed brow.
He turns his thoughts against the cold,
Buries his fears 'neath the Earth's deep mould.
Frost, like fire, burns white on the blade,
Of his iron share that red fire made.

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Michaelmas marks the crossover of the seasons, where Summer fades and Autumn weaves a cloak of leaves and mist over the earth. The evenings start to draw in, there is a nip in the air, and we work to bring in the harvest which will feed us through the long, cold Winter.

The children celebrated Michaelmas last week by performing feats of courage in the woodland. A feast followed - warming soup made by Class 3/4 from vegetables they had grown and harvested, accompanied by dragon bread made by Class 1/2, and washed down with apple juice pressed by Class 5/6.   

Apple Pressing 2017

 

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Today we celebrated our St John's festival with a fire, lots of singing and a picnic. The sun shone and the flames reflected it's warmth, then we watched our older children jump the embers. A brave step forward Class 3/4!

 

Follow, follow, follow, follow me,

To the greenwood, greenwood tree.

Be the weather foul or fair, you will always find a welcome there.

 

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For the rest of this term Class 3/4 are taking to the water on Monday afternoons. They began this Monday by taking their first trip down to Burghfield Sailing Club and learning the basics of handling their boats before heading out onto the lake in teams of two. They had a great time, and are very much looking forward to developing their skills and venturing further next week! 

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Class 3/4 visited Padworth College this week to take part in an afternoon of languages. Nine students from the College offered short taster sessions in their native languages, giving Class 3/4 a flavour of no less than six other languages! Pupils were taught how to say their name in Vietnamese and in Japanese, greetings in Korean, numbers up to five in Thai as well as how to write their names in Chinese Mandarin, and were also taught colours in Arabic amongst others. A great afternoon was had by all and some of our pupils already feel inspired to learn some of these new languages in the future!

At Alder Bridge School, children in Kindergarten sing rhymes in various languages, such as Spanish, German and Welsh. From Class 1 upwards the children learn French and German orally at first; through songs, rhymes and games. The children begin writing and reading in both languages around 10 years old. 

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