Children move from Kindergarten to the Main School at the start of the school year after their sixth birthday. The decision when to move a child is carefully considered according to the needs of the individual child. In certain cases, a child may remain a little longer in Kindergarten. In the first year in Main School children may not attend full days straight away, again this is decided in line the child’s needs and will be discussed with parents.
Main School operates four and a half days a week. Thursday afternoon is currently free, although this will change to Friday after 1 January 2021.
Moorland Waldorf is a small school, so we combine our classes (different year groups with one teacher) to create the best situation pedagogically, socially and economically. In order to ensure that all children are able to progress at a good pace, there are times when age groups are separated for Main Lessons. The appropriate progress and well-being of each child is important to us and this is one of the priorities of the class teacher and the College of Teachers.
The appropriate progress and well-being of each child is important to us and this is one of the priorities of the class teacher and the College of Teachers.
On entering Class 1 the children meet their class teacher who ideally will stay with them throughout their time in school. The class teacher starts each day with the class, although other subject specialists teach the children during the day. This continuity of teacher for the first part of each day fosters security and respect in the children and brings the teachers to a deeper understanding of the needs of the individual child. The small number of pupils (there are currently eleven children in the Main Class) means that the teacher really does know every child and can tailor the curriculum to their needs.
We believe that the children feel secure and valued in our setting. We take children’s safety very seriously and operate strict safeguarding measures.