Moving from Mountain Class to Ocean Class (Years 3 and 4) the children experience the transition from ‘infant’ to ‘junior’ level. We help the children move from ‘learning through play’ to a more formal learning style, although we always aim to make learning interesting, stimulating and enjoyable. We have particular topics at the beginning of each year that support the children in this move such as the Romans and Ancient Egypt. As the children move through Years 3 and 4 they develop their skills and abilities in recording their work to a greater degree.
A main aspect of teaching Lotus Class children, Years 5 and 6, is to ensure their academic and social preparation for transition to secondary school. It is our aim that the children reach a good standard in the core curriculum and they are taught to take SATs exams in order to gain confidence in test taking. At this age the children are able to reflect on meditation and mindfulness in more depth and there are frequent group discussions on issues of importance to individuals and to the group. In the circle the children learn to explore their feelings and communicate beliefs, ideas, worries and experiences of growing up in the security of their friends and classroom and in preparation for moving on to a secondary educational setting.