"When we bring to the child, just at the right moment, matter appropriate to his faculties, to his disposition, then what has been thus introduced will become a re-creating source of refreshment for the child throughout the whole course of his life."
The Lorien Primary School
Standing in the playground during morning lesson is a delightful experience. While birds of all descriptions feed from many shrubs and stands, there is a strong sense of silent activity. Then a burst of laughter will erupt from a room, or perhaps it will be a song. Day after day, the sound of recorders and children's voices pervades the courtyard, as learning goes on in an atmosphere of love and care.
Suddenly, a thunder of chairs, desks and little feet will herald the migration of the lesson to a more suitable area. If it is a younger class a shop might be needed to make a maths lesson clearer, perhaps it's a bush walk to explore the school grounds and work out which way is North and which is South.
We have developed a lesson structure which allows us to meet two important requirements, firstly, that play periods are substantial and secondly that lessons are of sufficient duration to meet our teaching requirements. The day starts with a two hour morning lesson from 9 am to 11 am followed by 30 minutes snack and play. We continue with one and a half hour middle lesson between 11.30 am and 1 pm followed by a one hour lunch and play period. The school day concludes with a one and a quarter hour afternoon lesson between 2pm and 3.15 pm. This daily program flows throughout from Kindergarten to Class Seven.
This is the way our day is shaped. The transformation from primary pupil to high school student is also a dramatic one and usually occurs between ages 13 and 14. The end of Class 7 signifies the end of primary education and the end of the seven year relationship with the Class Teacher.