During their 9th year of age, children experience a greater self-awareness and consequently a change in their perception of the world. Less is taken on trust; doubts and fears can show themselves in criticism, disillusionment and the testing of boundaries.
The curriculum in Class 3 helps the children through this by a series of Main Lessons which offer reassurance. Study and hands-on experience of farming, house-building, fishing and mining connect the child securely with the real world. Stories from religious history give a moral and cultural background to support them at this stage.
There is a light and humorous introduction to grammar – noun, verb, and adjective – each with its own character and quality. In maths they learn to measure, linking the abstract world of numbers to the dimensions of the real world. From this point onwards in the school, maths is also practised outside the main lesson regularly through each week.