The London Acorn School Kindergarten forms a bridge between home and school, creating a secure and nurturing environment for children aged 3 to 6 years that is safe, warm and loving. Our Kindergartens are mixed age groups, which provide a traditional large family atmosphere, helping children to acquire social and emotional skills through experience, imitation and learning through play.
The Kindergarten curriculum is based on Steiner Waldorf Kindergarten practice. Children of this age learn through imitating the world around them. We aim to provide examples worthy of imitation and nourishing opportunities for children to learn experientially and feel the joy of discovery. We create a space for the child to unfold: to reveal themselves, develop their imaginations, and encourage natural creativity and curiosity.
The strong rhythm, repetition and reverence of the Kindergarten day, week and seasons support these aims. Sensitively structured and regular activities include drawing, painting, baking, sewing, weaving, woodwork, outside expeditions, ring games, fairy tales, singing and poetry.
The celebration of festivals throughout the year guides the child from one season to the next, whilst allowing the children time to wonder, be in awe and have gratitude for the earth, others and themselves.
Our Summer Transition Programme runs throughout the Summer Term of Kindergarten for 5-6 year olds in preparation for their transition to the Junior School. This programme includes Phonics and Maths teaching in a fun and engaging way, enabling children to approach more formal learning in the Junior School seamlessly. Moreover, this experiences allows the children to bond together as a new class.