CURRICULUM

MONTESSORI

The carefully considered, child-orientated classroom creates a learning environment that accommodates choice. Children have the option of working at a beautifully designed, child-sized table or on a mat on the floor. There are well-defined spaces for each part of the curriculum, which includes Literacy, Numeracy, Sensorial, Art, Culture and Activities of Everyday Living. There is also an area where children can comfortably sit and read.

To ensure that the equipment is cared for and used correctly, we help children understand and apply the ground rules of the classroom. Peaceful cycles of work are developed and children do not disturb their classmates while they are learning. With child-sized furniture, low reachable shelves and child-orientated equipment, the entire classroom is uniquely suited to the needs of its students. These elements allow independence and help improve confidence. Above all, the rooms are warm, well-organised and inviting – allowing children to feel calm and at home.

NUMERACY

This area of learning and development makes use of physical materials to try encouraging recognition of numbers and understanding of quantity.

Numeracy in Montessori is divided into 6 categories of activities:

  • Counting
  • The decimal system
  • Memory work
  • Concrete abstraction
  • Arithmetic tables
  • Geometry

ACTIVITIES OF EVERYDAY LIVING

These are Exercises to assist the child in learning fundamental activities of living. These include; care of self, care of the environment, grace and courtesy and control of movement. Learning these skills can help develop children’s independence and therefore self confidence.

ART

In this area of the Montessori curriculum, children are encouraged to bring to life what they are learning and experiencing at school and home, in a relaxed and creative way. Allowing children the opportunity to express themselves is vital in their personal development, the art activities allow them to learn about shapes, textures, colours, line and form.

LITERACY

The Literacy area focuses on the careful and gentle development of early literacy skills through use of phonetic sounds. The Montessori method employs many language activities, designed specifically to improve vocabulary, listening skills and writing ability. Skills that are taught include;  learning the shapes and sounds of letters, reading silently, vocabulary development, matching words, reading development with word lists, practicing parts of grammar as well as creating sentences and practising fine motor skills for writing.

CULTURE

The Cultural area of the curriculum focuses on allowing children the resources to explore their curiosity of different ideas and concepts. The subjects include: Geography, Zoology, Biology, Botany and Science. These are taught using hands-on activities to help children to understand cultural diversity and ultimately appreciate this diversity and develop empathy.

SENSORIAL

The key element of this area is educating children through the use of their senses. Sensorial activities help children develop the senses of perception and fine motor function development in their hands. This in turn, builds the child’s concentration, as well as assisting with their perception of objects and their surroundings. Core focuses include distinguishing between colour, weight, shape, size, texture, sound or smell.

OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM

HOLIDAY CLUB

Our Holiday Club is run during all major school holidays and caters for children between 2-5 years old. Please contact us to find out when out more about our Holiday Club or to register your child .

BEFORE / AFTER CARE

Before and Aftercare are available for students daily Mon-Fri:

  • Beforecare: 7.30am- 8am
  • Aftercare: 12.30am to 3.30pm

 

EXTRA MURALS

We offer a variety of extra mural activities such as; Tumblebears, Soccer Starz, Junior Jive, Move ‘n Groove and Playball. Please contact us to find out about our full range of activities.

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