Creative learning at Bambujaya takes place in our wholesome environment, surrounding our learners with nature, beauty and time to enjoy the outdoors.
To foster a deeper understanding and to build responsibility we include:
Creating With Purpose
Building on fine motor skills developed in Kindergarten, children in Grade 1 learn to knit and finger weave. As they use their hands to create purposeful items to wear and display, children are strengthening their will and perseverance. Throughout the grades they are introduced to crocheting, cross-stitch, felting, traditional crafts and sewing. As the handwork and crafts become more complex, the children choose colour combinations, various patterns and specific materials which express their individuality and creativity. Another benefit of practising these skills is the social interaction and the children’s thoughtful conversation when they respect the beautiful items they each create.
Nourishing our Bodies
Beginning with bread making and vegetable chopping in the early years, cookery is an important part of our curriculum. This is an excellent opportunity to practice bilingual vocabulary and cooking allows the children to acquire a wide range of life skills. Starting with safety lessons, to meal planning, actual food preparation, cleanup and presentation, cooking takes them through the whole culinary experience. This develops the children’s respect and responsibility for our environment. A wide selection of both local and international dishes provides a chance to try new foods, learn about the origin of food and the different meals of various cultures.
Awakening the spirit
Music is an essential part of our Waldorf-inspired curriculum, beginning in the early years with song and dance. Continuing through the grades, the children learn to play musical instruments, both wind and string, and participate in choral singing. Music strengthens hand-eye coordination, memory, listening skills and recognition of patterns. Recent research has confirmed that music improves a child’s ability to learn, especially in the area of mathematics. Music engages both sides of the brain, leading to increased learning ability. Above all, music connects children to their inner feelings, creates lively social interaction and fills our campus with joyful sounds.
“Where is the book in which the teacher can read about what teaching is? The children themselves are this book. We should not learn to teach out of any book other than the one lying open before us and consisting of the children themselves.”
Movement is an essential component of our days, from our morning circles to classes in physical education and yoga. In all its forms, movement increases a child’s awareness of their own body and the surrounding space, it builds self confidence, improves focus and concentration. Children recognise the capabilities of their bodies, while they practise coordination, build their strength and balance. This encourages a healthy self image and a truthful relationship with their bodies. Movement classes also rely on cooperation and communication. Children learn to appreciate the contribution from their peers towards a group activity. Drama classes develop self expression, leadership and critical thinking skills, as children memorise lines, try out new roles and work together to create a performance for our community to enjoy.
Drawing, painting and modelling are introduced in Grade 1, using block crayons, watercolours and beeswax. Children learn about the beauty of form and colour as they illustrate Main Lesson books, paint scenes from the curriculum and create small figures with beeswax. Moving through the grades, the creative arts reflect the curriculum topics and stories, becoming more complex with running forms, clay modelling and various painting techniques. Art fosters creativity while encouraging children to take risks, as well as helping them to understand concepts visually. Traditional styles and subjects are introduced as well; all creative projects intend to awaken in the children an appreciation of, and feeling for, the beauty of art created throughout the ages.
Connecting with Nature
On our established natural campus there is ample space to implement our gardening programme. Through this engagement with nature and the outdoors, children gain a respect for the environment and a deeper understanding of the multiple steps and hard work associated with growing food to nourish our bodies. As they take on the responsibility of tending plants, both in small classroom gardens and a larger kitchen garden, children take a keen interest in new foods and its preparation. Few tasks are more satisfying and purposeful than lovingly caring for seedlings, tending them as plants and finally harvesting and enjoying them for lunch or as a snack. True joy is when the children experience the cycle of nature and experience their own place within it!