Montessori Curriculum

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Here we offer a wonderful place which speaks directly to the child, indoors and out. Our holistic approach will ensure that your child meets experiences which help develop the whole mind and body. It is a home from home, full of friends, fun and mind-boggling activities!

There are specific curriculum’s to which we work: the Montessori curriculum and the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage (the ‘EYFS), as inspected by Ofsted.

The Montessori Curriculum comprises of seven areas: Activities for Everyday Living, Sensorial, Language, Arithmetic, Literacy, Cultural, and Creativity.

Dr. Maria Montessori, the founder of this educational movement, was the first person to realise the importance of offering child-sized chairs and tables, where shelves and cupboards were sized for children. It immediately creates the impression that this place is for them, not the adult, something which is very important in the suggestion of respect with which we always work. All of our Montessori systems build in lifelong learning techniques, essential for school and beyond. Embedded learning systems work from left to right, just as we will find in all areas of life.

From the baby room onwards, children here will experience a version of Montessori learning that suits their stage of development. For our youngest of children, Montessori methods are set up in an exploratory environment. The room will not be over-stimulating and the experience will be rich in language with voices that show respect for this special child growing up in a busy world.

Once a child can sit up and then stand, even walk, their life becomes full of interest. Items can now be reached, crawling and walking takes you to someone or somewhere! The baby is now free to explore and get on with important work and we are ready to provide for that! The environment is furnished with natural products which captivate the child and also motivate the child to concentrate, find solutions, repeat movements, so that the mental and physical development can progress.

Once in the Toddler room, our curriculum develops. We see how a child’s independence is flourishing. ‘Help me to do it myself’ is an oft-quoted phrase in our settings! As a sense of order starts to take hold, we need to be there to offer security when frustration takes over.

Individual interests and developmental readiness is something we observe and act on. Fine and gross motor skills need to be encouraged, as well as lifelong learning through art and creativity, food preparation and baking, sensorial experiences, language, and first experiences of some of the Montessori learning kit.

Onto preschool and the Curriculum areas are clearly set out in a working process that suits their mind development. Here, they will explore the details of mathematics and languages, literacy and cultures, geography and history, science and art.

We once again create a beautiful environment, full of interesting things to do. Everything the child experiences encourages independence, development of the mind and body, and a sense of the world in which we live.

The seven areas (Activities for Everyday Living, Sensorial, Language, Arithmetic, Literacy, Cultural, and Creativity) are all easy to access.

Everyday Living activities are very important throughout the rooms. They are all based on examples that give the child independence and control. Through them, the children will learn how to look after themselves and the environment. You will see special wooden frames which they use to do up and undo clothes. There will be examples of pouring and spooning activities, as well as grating, stirring, threading, cutting and much more!

Sensorial activities are essential in this classroom, as they lay down the foundations for mathematics and language. Here, the curriculum shows a child how to order and separate, classify and describe, using concepts such as length and width, temperatures and colours.

Maths is mega in this room! Versions of our materials are now often found in mainstream schools – thank goodness, as they are what a child needs. We move from 1-10, to 100, 1000 and beyond! Beautiful golden beads, wooden rods and towers, cards and counters, these all bring the decimal system into the real world. Watch your child doing addition, subtraction, multiplication and division – here they gain a deep awareness of numbers and how they relate to life.

Reading and Writing our languages begins back in the baby room, with a love of books and words, as well as developing fine motor skills which will be used for holding pens. By the preschool room, all that preparation counts. We will start with phonetic sounds of our letters and move to recognising letters and therefore building words. Writing begins with lots of earlier activities built around shapes they have drawn around or coloured, always from left to right as this Western world is set out.

Now, we offer sandpaper letters to trace, boxes full of our alphabet ready to build words, metal shapes to be drawn around so that control of pencils and pens develops. It is a world they want to enter, to be like you, and to understand the symbols they find all around them.

For art and creativity, we support the child with many activities, so that gluing, cutting, drawing, music and movement is not seen to be frustrating but actually invigorating! From painting to drawing, making music to dance, our nurseries encourage life, cultures and freedom.

Inside and outside, the Montessori Curriculum is a liberating experience!