Experiential learning: Why we place our emphasis on learning through doing
Experiential learning forms the basis of much of the teaching at Greenwich Steiner School. The opportunity to touch, feel, act, draw or make something related to the subject of one's learning, especially in childhood, can significantly enhance a child’s educational experience. Learning takes place in many different ways, albeit, visual, kinaesthetic or aural amongst others. Our method enables us to differentiate the learning experience, as we also work with children’s own unique temperaments, to make their classroom experience relevant and focused.
- Kindergarten children grind grain in stone mills to make flour and then make bread from the flour. Children in Class 3 learn about farming by visiting a farm and feeding the animals, collecting eggs and digging the fields, as well as learning about the same in the classroom.
- The building project in Class 3 sees children actively engaged in creating something with their own hands. (If you decided to visit our school – and we hope you will, please do check out the benches opposite our front entrance. These were made by a Class 3).
- Through these sort of practical projects, children learn about Maths, Physics and Chemistry, as well getting to participate in actual physical work, something so vital for both their physical and emotional development.
- When Class 4 children learn about rivers in geography, children not only learn about the River Thames in their classroom, but also get to walk alongside it. Children get to see first hand the many different stages of the river that they have already learnt about.
- Before learning to work on computers, our Middle School children actually unscrew and look inside the physical structure of the computer. They get to work out and learn about what each bit of the hardware actually is and what it is responsible for. This empowers children to be responsible learners with a real and practical understanding of the things that they are studying.