OUR MONTESSORI ETHOS
The Montessori method is a holistic approach to early education which aims to develop the "whole child."
It is based on the idea that in the Early Years, children absorb information better through choosing, trying and experiencing activities for themselves.
It focuses on empowering children by giving them the freedom and independence to learn at their own pace.
Pupils use specially-developed Montessori learning materials under the close guidance and observation of Montessori-accredited teachers. This helps young children to develop confidence in their own abilities, and builds self-motivated learners.
Learning is made accessible to the children by using concrete examples of everyday tasks to illuminate abstract concepts, gradually building understanding through engagement.
Numeracy and Literacy are at the core of our Montessori philosophy in the Early Years with pre-reading and writing, as well as numeric skills taught from the age of 2 in the Nursery.
"The Montessori Method is characterised by the careful nurturing of the independent child, with the planned working environment offering freedom within limits,
& respecting the child’s psychological, physical and social development."
MONTESSORI WORK CYCLES
The children work through Montessori "work cycles" - choosing their own work independently and moving from one activity to the next (returning things to the shelf after they have used them).
This is designed to build concentration, independence, and order.
There is a strong physical dimension to these activities; learning resources are used to encourage children to develop core skills including, dexterity, balance, and an understanding of different colours, sizes and shapes. For example, activities include pouring, threading beads, working with shapes and numbers.
In addition, the children participate in guided, teacher-led activities which are often themed by subject, such as art, sports and music.