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Middle School (Classes 5-7) Te Kura Takawaenga

“What a privilege it is to support our students with finding their unique place in the world.”

In the Middle School students begin to apply their writing, reading and mathematical skills to their learning across the curriculum which is increasingly academic, although richly influenced by the arts and practical subjects.

Students become more active participants in assessment through their developing capacity for reflection and goal setting. They are expected to be able to generate their own ideas; in narrative, descriptive and artistic forms. Students are also encouraged to individualise their work, particularly through research and projects relating to Main Lesson topics.

The Middle School student is developing an increasing capacity for critical thinking, which is refined through the study of biographies, history and the contrasting values perspectives of different individuals and groups they encounter in their studies. They develop the skills to reason and argue both sides of a problem, and the capacity for empathy and in-depth inquiry.

The visual arts are experienced through both drawing and painting, where students apply their developing understanding of linear and colour perspective, light and shadow. All students participate in Eurythmy, Music and the performing arts through weekly lessons and our festivals, drama productions and concert programme.

The practical curriculum focuses on the development of ‘real-world’ intelligence. Students experience this through the outdoor classroom programme, camps, plays, projects and crafts including handwork and woodwork.

During their journey through Middle School, students become increasingly resilient and resourceful. They are also encouraged to be self-managing, responsible and upright in both their class community and across the school. 

Support Networks Ngā Rōpū Tautoko

The Class Teacher is supported by a range of specialist subject teachers and takes responsibility for your child’s academic education, as well as for their physical and social development.

The relationship that develops between Class Teacher and student over the years fosters increasing self-assurance and confidence. Class Teachers work in partnership with you, the parents, to guide, motivate, protect, and encourage the student and to enhance understanding of the ways in which you can support your child’s education at home.

Festivals & Community Ngā Hui Taurima a te Hāpori

The celebration and acknowledgement of festivals such as harvest or matariki is another distinctive element in the rhythms of learning in the Middle School. Festivals bring the whole community together in shared purpose and highlight the supportive cycles of the year. The children sense the joy and gratitude in the community around them.

Progress Reports Ngā Pūrongo Paetae

Class Teachers report to parents in a way that reflects the unique needs of each child and is focused on their growth and development. One of the reasons we find the Class Teacher model so effective, is that teachers can identify and monitor in considerable depth both student achievements and challenges over an extended period of time. This means that you as a parent receive a much more detailed level of reporting about your child’s progress, than if they worked with each student for just a single year.

Class Five Te Akomanga Tuarima

The balance of inner and outer worlds

During Class Five, children are increasingly aware of community and their place within it. This stage of development, situated between early childhood and adolescence, is reflected in the exploration of major cultural epochs. Through learning about other people, their stories and culture, students develop an appreciation of the unique and varied tapestry of human experience. English and Maths continue to be developed, the latter focusing on fractional numbers and the fundamentals of proportional thinking. New Zealand Geography and Botany are introduced in a way that appeals to this age group.

Overview of Class 5 Main Lesson Programme
Myths and Legends from Ancient Civilizations Science Mathematics
  • India 
  • Persia
  • Mesopotamia
  • Egypt*
  • Greece*
  • Botany – Fungi* 
  • Botany – Archetypal plants*   
  • New Zealand Geography*
  • Sacred Geometry 
  • Fractions & Decimals
  • History of Mathematics*

*Individual response / project is part of Main Lesson

Overview of Class 5 Subject and Block Lessons
Subject Lessons
Block Lessons Other Projects and Events
  • English (Reading, Writing, Oral Language, Information Skills) 
  • Mathematics
  • Languages (German, Te Reo Maori)
  • Health / PE
  • Eurythmy
  • Music
  • Visual Art
  • Form Drawing
  • Handwork 
  • Outdoor Classroom
  • Drama – Persephone Play 
  • Class Concert
  • Inter-class Sports Tournament
  • Trees for Survival

Class Six Te Akomanga Tuaono

Establishing order and structure in the outer world

Children in Class Six often begin to experience a stronger connection to wider world around them and they begin the journey of finding their place in it. They may experience a growing interest and compassion for those less fortunate than themselves and for animals, while on the other hand they may become drawn to popular idols and what is “cool”. At this beginning of the adolescent developmental phase, the students’ thinking tends to become more intellectual, and their observational skills are cultivated through the Arts and Sciences to enhance their thinking capacity. Democratic values are explored and developed across the curriculum as individuals learn about their place in the class community and society.

Overview of Class 6 Main Lesson Programme
Social Science / History
Science Mathematics
  • History - Ancient Rome* 
  • The Lives of the Great Composers*
  • History - The Late Roman Empire
  • Physics – Acousitcs 
  • Physics – Light & Colour
  • Geography of the Southwest Pacific*
  • Geomorphology: Rocks and Minerals*
  • Life Cycles (1)*
  • Geometry – Regular 2 dimensional polygons* 
  • Algebra
  • Commercial Maths*

*Individual response / project is part of Main Lesson

Overview of Class 6 Subject and Block Lessons
Subject Lessons
Block Lessons Other Projects and Events
  • English (Reading – group study of novel, Writing, Oral Language, Information Skills) 
  • Mathematics
  • Languages (German, Te Reo Maori)
  • Health / PE
  • Eurythmy
  • Music
  • Handwork
  • Woodwork
  • Outdoor Classroom
  • Visual Art and Form Drawing
  • Grottos (Midwinter lantern festival) 
  • Class Concert
  • Inter-class Sports Tournament
  • Camp: Waitomo Caves (Links to Geomorphology Main Lesson)

Class Seven Te Akomanga Tuawhitu

Reaching for new horizons

Students of this age may become very focused on the wider world, wanting to understand phenomena more deeply. They tend to experience feelings of wanting to belong but also wanting to be different. Their search for identity can cause inner tensions. This developmental theme is reflected in the Main Lesson exploration of the contributions of key figures from Middle Ages, The Renaissance and the Age of Discovery. The liberating power of scientific enquiry is explored and compared to dogma and servitude. This helps develop critical thinking and, through language and visual arts, students develop a feeling for metaphor.

Overview of Class 7 Main Lesson Programme
English / Drama Social Science Science Mathematics
  • Wish, wonder, surprise (Creative Writing)
  • History - The Middle Ages and Crusades* 
  • History - The Renaissance*
  • History - Voyages of Discovery*
  • Whakapapa*
  • Life Cycles (2)* 
  • Physics – Magnetism and Electricity
  • Chemistry – Combustion
  • Astronomy – our Solar System, the Seasons and Lunar Phases*
  • Algebra 
  • Statistics and the Statistical Enquiry Cycle
  • Geometry – Constructions of Platonic Solids and other Polyhedra

*Individual response / project is part of Main Lesson

Overview of Class 7 Subject and Block Lessons
Subject Lessons
Block Lessons Other Projects and Events
  • English (Reading – group study of novel and short stories, Writing, Oral Language, Information Skills) 
  • Mathematics
  • Languages (German, Te Reo Maori)
  • Health / PE
  • Eurythmy
  • Music
  • Handwork
  • Woodwork
  • Outdoor Classroom
  • Visual Art and Clay
  • Opening Ceremony (Midwinter lantern festival) 
  • Whakapapa Study
  • Inter-class Sports Tournament
  • Camp: Whanganui River (inks to Whakapapa Study and Main Lesson)

Questions? He Pātai?

If there’s something more you’d like to know about our Waldorf / Steiner school approach to learning and what daily class life looks like for Middle School students, please don’t hesitate to give our friendly Michael Park School staff a call. We are always happy to have a chat with you about your child and their unique learning needs.

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