Where children are, there is the golden age.
Physical and Social Development
Just as in the earlier move in curriculum from mythology to history, the fifth grader’s development moves into more confidence, grace, and agility, both physically and socially. Students study Greek mythology and history, as well as the ancient civilizations of India, Mesopotamia, Persia, and Egypt. The fifth grade year culminates with the Pentathlon, a competition modeled after the ancient Greek Pentathlons that captures the fifth graders at the height of their grace and agility and signals the end of the “golden age” of childhood. As with all grades in the Waldorf curriculum, the Subjects scaffold the Main Lesson for an all-encompassing approach to learning.
Main Lesson Block
North America geography
- Part singing
- Major and minor scale
- Alto recorder
Practical and Fine Arts
Greek sports building to the pentathlon
Spanish: simple text, syntax, short talks
Exposure to Sanskrit and Greek
Download the comprehensive Fifth Grade Curriculum.