We practise the Montessori Method of education in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum.
The EYFS curriculum sets out 7 areas of learning and development, which we work to achieve, through the Montessori Methods.
Prime Areas: These areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
1. Personal, Social & Emotional Development (PSED)
2. Communication and Language (CL)
3. Physical Development (PD)
Specific Areas: Three prime areas are strengthened and applied in these areas.
4. Literacy (L)
5. Mathematics (M)
6. Understanding the World (UW)
7. Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)
Montessori materials help children to explore and master their environment through activities which aid the development of the whole personality.
Exercises in Practical Life/Activities of Everyday Living - learning the skills of daily living: These are designed to put children in touch with their environment. Children learn concepts of sharing, taking turns and good manners. The aim of these activities is to build task organisation, cognition and self-confidence and independence, ready for more complicated learning.
Sensorial materials - exploration through the senses: The senses are the means by which we gain information about the outside world. Through experimenting, touching, feeling, listening and actually physically experiencing concepts such as size, proportion, shape and colour, we provide a natural stepping stone towards progression in language, maths and music.
Mathematics - concrete to abstract: Mathematics materials help children gain an understanding of concrete quantities which are then related to abstract numbers. The child manipulates quantities and numbers by means of the four mathematical operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and eventually progresses to more formal mental calculations.
Language and Literacy - from spoken to written: Emphasis is laid on building the child's vocabulary by songs, rhymes, stories and drama. Our reading method is phonetic. From an early age we encourage children to hear the sounds that make up words through an extended version of the traditional “I Spy” game. When the children are ready they learn to associate those sounds with the letters and to form those letters as a preparation for both reading and writing. Combined with this phonetic approach, the children are encouraged to recognise and read whole words which are non phonetic.
Culture – our world: The child is introduced to cultural activities such as drama, music and art. Subjects such as geography (discussing where the children come from, their customs and festivals), science (studying about minerals, weather, undertaking simple experiments: sink and float, using magnets and magnifying glass, etc), ICT (Laptop, iPad and camera) and nature (birds, animals, human body, plants and flowers) develop children's appreciation of the world around them. Children will also be given French (or any other non-English language) lessons involving conversation, building vocabulary and nursery rhymes.
Creative Development - imaginative skills: We provide a stimulating environment in which creativity, originality and expressiveness are valued. We strongly believe that creativity should come from within. Children are given the opportunity to experiment with a variety of art mediums such as clay, painting, cutting, gluing, printing, decorating and making collages. Children also enjoy the home corner and dressing up corner.
Physical Development - active learners: We believe children should be active. We offer children a wide physical curriculum both indoors and outdoors. Children will also have the opportunity to go on short walks to the local surrounding area.
Children have access to a large outdoor play area where they can use and develop their social skills and imagination in a natural way. Outdoor facilities include a tree house with steps, slide, rock wall and climbing mesh and a tunnel. The area also has a large sand tray, water tray, scooters and trikes to go on the road track, hopscotch, an alphabet snake, hula hoops, stilts, giant Dominoes, a play house, a walking bridge, height chart, 'Buddy' bench and a mud kitchen area.