In Class Three (age 8-9) many of the stories are taken from the Old Testament. Essentially this Hebrew epic dramatises the process of growing up, where an original childlike innocence gives way to an emerging condition of separateness. This is precisely what the nine year old child is naturally feeling inwardly- no longer simply taking the authority of parents, teachers and the world at large for granted, but not yet really confident in his or her inner convictions either.
The journey of Class Three is about coming down to earth and learning to stand on one’s own feet without losing touch with a larger sense of life. Alongside the Bible stories we have main lessons on house-building and farming, where practical projects are undertaken. In numbers too we step strongly into the practical world by exploring measurement, weight, time and money.