One of the most physically visible developments within Waldorf education is the so-called "moving class". The children no longer sit on a chair at a table, but use cushions and sofas as furniture in the classroom. The moving class is a concept for classroom design that was first used by the Swedish teacher Pår Ahlbom.
The heavy wooden benches and sturdy cushions offer space for moving learning, especially in the lower classes (1, 2 and sometimes 3). After the course, the benches serve as a seat in the circle, the children, the rhythm exercises and the instruction convert the class independently into a row or group setup, after which they use the benches as tables and sit on the cushions. The independent processing of the lessons is no different than in a non-moving class. The children can easily work in their notebook or work together in groups. When it's time to clean up, the class is in less than 2 minutes back to the class closing class.
The moving class physically puts the children to work, both within and between classes. The conversion is a moment of cooperation and "exhale" and the sturdy seat cushions require an active sitting position of the children while working.
Moving class nowadays
Children move less and less. They play outside less, are often brought to school by car and often spend a large part of their free time behind a screen. The days when children played outside all afternoon after school are over. We can find all kinds of things about this, and fortunately there are more and more parents who protect the outdoor playtime of children, but it is the reality. On the other hand, more and more studies show that sitting too long is not healthy. "Sitting is the new smoking," it is said.
In schools, various schools conduct research into exercise and learning. It has recently been shown that children are better automated if they are allowed to move when learning. We have seen this in the Waldorfschool for years. We stamp and clap until the children can dream the tables. The movement is substantively linked to the teaching material so that the children can experience and understand it through the movement.
Below a video explaining some things about the moving class in dutch (this is not a video of our school)