Drumduan School:Its Curriculum and Guiding Principles

The curriculum of the school is based on the phases and growth of the developing child and the image of the human being as outlined by Dr. Steiner. It is based on human relationships. Thus, the faculty, staff and students work with each other in a human-centred way. The school leadership supports the healthy development of each individual and the community as a whole.

 

Developmental Curriculum and the Developing Child

The lessons taught at every age help promote the  growing individuality of the students. The activities in the classroom are based on a well-developed knowledge of the growing child and educational instinct informed by the teachers’ ongoing professional development and their ongoing study of their class.

The members of the school work in a collaborative manner to further develop and refine the curriculum. With careful preparation, individual teachers then sense the appropriate curriculum or lesson at a given time out of individual freedom and in a way that best meets the needs of each individual and the class within the school community, while respecting the shared pedagogical understandings and decisions of the teaching body as a whole.

 

Approach To Teaching

The children’s development phases guide the approach in each area of the school. Before the age of seven, educating the will of the child is given emphasis. In practice, this means children are taught out of imitation rather than direct instruction. After seven, educating the feeling life takes centre stage, while independent thinking is cultivated in the Upper School. 

The development of the child’s will-impulses in relation to their feeling life and thinking abilities throughout the lower, middle and upper school is studied by all teachers. The teaching methodologies would be based on these child and class studies. 

An effort to examine and question the various traditions, policies, the principles and practices of teaching is ongoing to make sure that the approaches are relevant, appropriate and artistic

 

Main Lesson

All the core subjects are taught in rhythmically structured main lesson daily periods of 120 minutes. These lessons take place every morning for a period of 3 to 4 weeks. In that way, the main lesson changes subject and alternates throughout the school year, taking into account the rhythm and learning of the whole class.

 

Assessments

There are no formal examinations in our school. The students are assessed appropriately and carefully, based on their developmental profile, without compromising academic and developmental growth.

 

The Class and Teacher Journey

A particular teacher may stay with the same class throughout the lower school (Class 1 to 8). Deep friendships and relationships are formed with children and families that can shape their character and who they are as human beings.

 

Holistic, Integrated and Multi-Sensory

The curriculum is highly interdisciplinary, blending academics with lessons in the fine and practical arts, nature and agricultural-based activities, class trips, outdoor learning and more.

 

Ecological and Environmental Focus

Reverence for nature and the environment is given emphasis. The school is in the process of transforming itself into a place where sustainability and a regenerative culture is cultivated not only in terms of technology and the environment but also in mindset and approach.

 

Celebrating The Seasons Through Various Festivals

The seasons of the year are marked through various festivals, which help the growing child to anchor its identity within and throughout the years.

 

Curriculum Indications

A more detailed explanation of the Drumduan  Upper School curriculum can be opened here : Drumduan Upper School

Why and how do you teach a certain lesson to a particular class? We encourage visitors and parents in the school to keep these type of questions in mind when browsing  the school’s lessons in the following diagram and example class 9/10 timetable.

  

click here to open a pdf of this diagram:  curriculum tree

Here is an example of an Upper School timetable:

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Class 9

Class 10

Class 9

Class 10

Class 9

Class 10

Class 9

Class 10

Class 9

Class 10

8:45 – 10:45

Main Lessons

Main Lessons

Main Lessons

Main Lessons

Main Lessons

Main Lessons

Main Lessons

Main Lessons

Main Lessons

Main Lessons

11:15 – 12:00

French

Spanish

Math

English

Math

English

Math

Science

Science

English

12:00 – 12:45

English

Math

French

Spanish

English

Math

Science

Math

English

Science

13:30 – 14:15

Visual Arts

Woodwork

Metal Work

Woodwork

Metal Work

Visual Arts

Orchestra

Orchestra

Farming/ Handwork

Farming/ Handwork

Outdoor Learning/ PE

Outdoor Learning/ PE

14:15 – 15:00

Visual Arts

Woodwork

Metal Work

Woodwork

Metal Work

Visual Arts

Orchestra

Orchestra

Farming/ Handwork

Farming/ Handwork

Outdoor Learning/ PE

Outdoor Learning/ PE

15:00 – 15:45

Independent Project /Ethics

Independent Project /Ethics

Choir

Choir

Independent Project /Young Entrepreneur

Independent Project /Young Entrepreneur

Farming/ Handwork

Farming/ Handwork

Outdoor Learning/ PE

Outdoor Learning/ PE