In the fifth grade, the children have the opportunity to rest from the struggles of the Nine Year Change and can a enjoy a year of balance and harmony before entering puberty. The child’s growing maturity gained from the prior year permits them to view the world and classroom work with a more confident perspective. The history lessons of the last year were received in a pictorial and personal way; this year the children will experience of the story of humankind over the ages from the strivings and attainments of the classical ancient civilizations, and how the achievements of each ancient civilization have become a lasting blessing and foundation for the cultures that followed.
Particularly by means of the art work, the child will experience the leitmotiv, the typical character of India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, and finally Greece. There is a dreamy quality in ancient India, yet those people also had a daily experience of the how the benevolent spiritual forces guided and nurtured the people. In Persia there arose the will to transform the earth, domesticate animals and plants, as well as to overcome the forces of spiritual darkness. Mesopotamia developed writing – the children will learn that in those times reading and writing was a sacramental act reserved to a small privileged group. In Egypt arose earth-measurement (geometry), monumental construction techniques, and more refined teachings on agriculture and medicine. Finally, at the end of the school year, ancient Greece presents itself of harmonious balance between the spiritual and physical, where beauty in the sensory world is a reflection of moral virtue. The harmony of Greece is similar to the harmony the child feels in her own life. Moreover, from each of these cultures the child learn the particular creation myth that culture offers. Through this the child receives a lesson in tolerance, and gratitude for lasting blessings from the achievements that every culture can offer.
English work develops with direct speech, converting from active to passive voice, punctuation. In Maths, compass geometry is introduced, as is the decimal system. In science the children move from the study of animals in relation to the human being to botany, how the characteristics of the plant world may be compared and contrasted with the human world.
To see what the children will be learning this year, please click Fifth Grade 2013-14