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Lower Primary (Class 1-3)

In the Lower Primary years, Sophia Mundi offers a connected and engaging educational experience. Our curriculum is woven with art, storytelling and experiential learning, aimed at igniting young students' curiosity and imagination. This period is instrumental in shaping their approach to education, embedding a deep-seated appreciation for creative thinking and a holistic view of the world.

The Lower Primary program is characterised by:

  • Experiential and hands-on learning methods to engage and captivate.
  • An integrated curriculum that brings together literacy, numeracy, science, and language arts in a cohesive and relatable manner.
  • A strong emphasis on artistic expression, including regular sessions featuring painting, music, craft and movement. 
  • Introduction to the Class Teacher experience
  • Introduction to our renowned string instrument music program in Class 3, including first solo and orchestral performances.
  • Our Focus on Reading program to enhance literacy and cultivate a love for reading. 

The Class Teacher assumes a central role in guiding the children through a journey of discovery and learning, and the same teacher will stay with the class from Class One to Three. A rich curriculum delivered through story, art, music, nature science and practical activity awakens and develops the power of imagination in students. During these years, a love of learning is fostered and a solid academic foundation built through experiences infused with meaning and feeling.

Class One

Developmental Stage

Class One marks a clear and important transition from the nurturing, communal experience of Prep into an awakening, increasingly self-aware classroom experience.

Curriculum Themes

Establishing the rhythms and habits of classroom life helps to form a positive, enthusiastic foundation for all subsequent school learning. Folk and fairy tales infuse the curriculum. The foundations of reading and writing begin now, as do early arithmetic and French classes, all permeated with art, music and movement. The relationship between education and curiosity, joy and engagement is developed.


Class Two

Developmental Stage

The Class Two child has a sense that there is more to life than early childhood’s innocent understanding that “the world and I are one,” and students possess a dawning awareness of both human greatness and fallibility.

Curriculum Themes

Here students read, hear, study, discuss and write about fables and Celtic mythology.  Mathematics study intensifies, French lessons progress and nature beckons. Craft, painting, modelling, movement, and music continue. Studies of the children’s home and natural surroundings provide the foundation for the science curriculum to come.

Class Three

Developmental Stage

Significant psychological, cognitive and physiological changes touch the increasingly self-aware Class Three child. The student’s newfound disconnection from their surroundings can be at once disconcerting and excitingly self-empowering.

Curriculum Themes

Stories from the Hebrew Scriptures along with hands-on experiences in building, farming, gardening and cooking help students develop a positive relationship with others and their environment. Mathematics becomes practical with real-life applications, calculating, measurement and money.

Our strings program is introduced with children taking up tuition in violin, viola or cello. This develops into a whole Class ensemble. Eurythmy builds awareness of bodily uprightness and movement in space. Our outdoor education program begins, building practical skills and experience.