Lower School Curriculum

At Toronto Waldorf School, we describe our unique approach as education from a deeper perspective™. Our curriculum is also unique, presenting the right thing at the right time to the developing student. See how students progress in this snapshot through the grades.

 

Grade One

Toronto Waldorf School Grade 1 Main Lesson BookMain Lesson Subjects

  • Introduction to the alphabet and writing
  • Basic facts to 10, introduction to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Fairy tales, Folk tales and nature stories - retold and dramatized

Special subjects
French, music (singing and recorder playing), eurythmy, watercolour painting, drawing, modelling, knitting, rhythm exercises, form drawing, nature walks, games.

 

Grade Two

Toronto Waldorf School Grade 2 Main Lesson BookMain Lesson Subjects

  • Writing, pre-reading skills
  • Arithmetic (multiplication tables), work with four processes, including carrying and borrowing
  • Fables, legends and stories of Saints (retold and dramatized, leading to composition in the child’s own words)
  • A class play drawn from the curriculum

Special subjects
French, music (singing and recorder playing), eurythmy, games, watercolour painting, drawing, modelling, form drawing, knitting, crocheting, crafts, nature walks

 

Grade Three

Toronto Waldorf School Grade 3 Main Lesson BookMain Lesson Subjects

  • Literacy, elements of grammar, introduction to cursive writing
  • Arithmetic (long division &multiplication, add and subtract columns)
  • Measurement, time, calendar
  • Farming, gardening and house building
  • Old Testament stories
  • Optional class play drawn from the curriculum

Special subjects
Reading, French, music (introduction to strings, notation of rhythm &notes, singing and recorder, rounds), eurythmy, painting, knitting and crocheting, games/physical education, form and geometric drawing, gardening

 

Grade Four

Toronto Waldorf School Grade 4 Main Lesson BookMain Lesson Subjects

  • Arithmetic (fractions)
  • Reading, grammar, spelling, composition, dramatization
  • Local geography and history
  • Norse mythology and sagas
  • Optional class play
  • Study of humans and animals

Special subjects
French, grammar and reading, music (string instrument instruction, songs in parts, playing tenor and alto recorders), painting, form drawing, embroidery, hand sewing and cross-stitch, physical education, eurythmy, gardening

 

Grade Five

Toronto Waldorf School Grade 5 Main Lesson BookMain Lesson Subjects

  • English composition, grammar, spelling, reading and plays
  • Canadian geography
  • India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece
  • A class play drawn from the curriculum
  • Decimals, fractions and freehand geometry
  • Botany

Special subjects
French, music (singing, four part recorder pieces, orchestra), knitting with four needles, woodwork (carving), clay modelling, painting, eurythmy, physical education (traditional Greek Pentathlon events, team sports skills, fitness)

 

Grade Six

Toronto Waldorf School Grade 6 Main Lesson BookMain Lesson Subjects

  • English composition, grammar, spelling, literature, drama
  • Geography of the Americas or Europe and Africa (other topic in Grade 7)
  • Troy, Rome, Crusades, Medieval Society
  • Arthurian legends (1400-1700) (Grade 6 or 7)
  • A class play drawn from the curriculum
  • Business math, geometry, percentages
  • Physics (sound, light and colour, heat, magnetism, static electricity)
  • Minerals and geology
  • Geocentric astronomy

Special subjects
French, music (recorder playing, singing), orchestra, knitting on four needles, painting, woodwork (carving), eurythmy, physical education (team sports), gardening

 

Grade Seven

Main Lesson Subjects

  • Toronto Waldorf School Grade 7 Main Lesson BookEnglish composition, grammar, spelling, research papers, literature, drama (optional class play)
  • Geography of Europe and Africa, or the Americas (other topic in Grade 6)
  • The Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Discovery, Age of Exploration
  • Arthurian legends (1400-1700) (Grade 6 or 7)
  • Algebra, geometry, power, root
  • Physics, inorganic chemistry, astronomy
  • Physiology, nutrition
  • Perspective drawing

Special subjects
French, choir, orchestra, handwork (advanced project), woodwork (carving, objects with moveable parts), eurythmy, physical education (circus arts, team sports), gardening, visual arts

 

Grade Eight

Main Lesson Subjects

  • Toronto Waldorf School Grade 8 Main Lesson BookEnglish composition, grammar, literature
  • Special Grade 8 Play production
  • Geography: any parts of the world not covered in previous years
  • Canadian and American history, Industrial Revolution to modern history
  • Algebra, geometry
  • Meteorology, climatology, physics, organic chemistry, physiology

Special subjects
French, choir, orchestra, handwork (machine sewn garments), woodwork (stool), eurythmy, physical education, gardening, visual arts

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