The Waldorf curriculum is broad, balanced and ambitious. Whilst most curricula in the UK today focus on the delivery and testing of knowledge, the Waldorf curriculum also integrates the development of a wide range of skills and capacities. Its creative approach utilises artistic and physical activities to provide students with a balanced learning experience that is both memorable and life enhancing.
In Waldorf education, the curriculum includes everything that a child or young person experiences which has an influence on their developmental journey. This includes the physical environment, the relationships that surround them, community events and festivals, visits and excursions, as well as what is directly taught.
A Waldorf curriculum offers a learning experience that is:
Cross curricula, interweaving subjects together into topics and themes known as blocks in a way that replicates learning in real life.
Experiential giving children the opportunity to also learn through 'doing';
Contextual, dynamic and responsive enabling teachers to adapt what they teach to reflect the local geographical, historical and cultural context of the community or country in which the school is located.
Children focused - teachers to use their professional skill and judgement to select learning materials, activities and teaching methods that are culturally appropriate and meet the specific needs of the children and young people they are teaching.