Pupils at Edinburgh Steiner School start formal learning at age 6 or 7. Why?
Uniquely, since opening the school gates to eight pupils on 5th May 1939, we have run a curriculum that embraces a later start to formal learning; recognising play as being the true work of childhood. Importantly, pupils here transition from Kindergarten to Class 1 at six or seven. Differing from all schools in the Capital in both curriculum and approach, Time To Learn: Class 1 is a 4-minute film providing a window into the busy and unhurried first year of the international Steiner Waldorf school curriculum, beginning in the August after a child’s sixth birthday. It offers P1 and P2 pupils a second chance to embark on a school career embedded in an age-appropriate approach, joining transitioning Kindergarteners in the classroom where subject matter is structured to accord foremost to a child’s feelings and artistic sense in the younger years.