Grade 5

The Grade Five student is balanced; physical development and academic ability are both strong and stable, prior to the approaching changes of adolescence. Most students have good learning habits and are able to begin more detailed independent work.

  • Outdoor lesson at Toronto Waldorf SchoolThe study of ancient cultures leverages the students’ expanding academic capacities. Students experience the contributions of India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt and Greece to our understanding of the world. This year marks the change from pre-history and mythic representations to formal Western History (classical Greeks).
  • Study of Ancient Greece is enhanced by re-enactment of the Greek Olympic Games. A day of competitions in pentathlon, discus, javelin, wrestling, long jump and running are all conducted with a mood of reverence and striving for beauty. This event brings together students from a number of Waldorf schools, at TWS or another school, and is very significant in the Grade 5 calendar. Preparation of the chiton, the traditional Greek dress for competition, is enhanced by each student’s personal design and handwork.

  • Grade 5 study of botany is ideally suited to the grounds of TWS with opportunity to observe plants directly in their natural habitat. Nature walks and sketching different varieties of tress and plants outdoors in their natural setting are part of the lessons.


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Main Lesson Subjects

  • A class at Toronto Waldorf SchoolEnglish composition, grammar, spelling, reading and plays
  • Canadian geography
  • India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece
  • Decimals, fractions and freehand geometry
  • Botany
  • A class play drawn from the curriculum may be staged

Skills Lessons

French, music (four part recorder, singing, strings and winds ensembles), eurythmy, knitting with four needles, woodwork (carving), clay modelling, painting, physical education (traditional Greek Pentathlon events, team sports skills, fitness)

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