In Class Four (age 9-10) the child begins to explore ever more boldly the world around them. Main lessons in local geography and local history take place, as does a study of the animal world and its relationship to the human being.
Number work moves on to the introduction of fractions. The Norse myths form the story background to this year, and the ‘twilight of the Gods’ strikes a powerful chord in the young child in its continuing inner process of ‘coming down to earth’. Yet this period is generally a harmonious and sunny one, and the latter part of Class Four together with Class Five is often refereed to as the ‘golden age’ of childhood.