Seventh Grade

Developmental Profile of an Seventh Grade Child*

In grade 7, the pupils turn 13, become teenagers and enter puberty. The visible physiological changes and rapid growth are accompanied by psychological upheaval at least as disorienting and often more so. In both realms, the child loses whatever balance and tranquility they have acquired in the heart of childhood.

Teachers and parents come up against the limit of their abilities to directly influence the children. Much of what has been adopted in terms of behavior, attitudes or habits is lost or becomes ambivalent.

Educational Experience

Through the exploration of an unknown world, the seventh grade curriculum challenges the thought processes of the young adolescent, leading him/her to discovery, understanding and discernment. They learn, as the Explorers did, that going one’s own way means leaving behind the familiar territory of security and stability.

History/Social Studies
1400-1700: Age of Exploration, the Reformation, the Renaissance.
Literature
Arthurian legends, historical novels, poetry.
English and Grammar
Creative writing; research papers, oral & written book reports ,
character analysis, poetry, grammar & punctuation.
Foreign Language
Reading and conversation, grammar and structure.
Geography
Africa and Europe; tides, map reading, weather.
Sciences
Chemistry; physiology, nutrition, first aid; physics.
Mathematics
Business math, graphs, algebra, perimeters, areas, powers, roots,
fractions, decimals, square root, geometry.
Music
Boys / girls choir; junior high orchestra.
Drawing
Perspective drawing, platonic solids.
Painting
Wet and dry transparent colors.
Handwork
Sewing and embroidery; piecing a quilt.
Woodwork
Detailed Carving and small construction of boxes and birdhouses.
Modeling
The human hand, foot, bones, etc. in clay.
Eurythmy
Contrast moods; minor scales; melodies; improvisation.
Physical Education
Tumbling and free gymnastics; team games and sports.

* The Educational Tasks and Content of the Steiner Waldorf Curriculum, Edited by Martyn Rawson and Tobias Ritcher