Our Primary program follows The National Curriculum of England. These are the areas we explore, using a Montessori approach:
- Art and Design
- Design and Technology
- Physical Education
Between the ages of 6 and 12 years old, children enter a period of reasoning, imagination, acquisition of culture, and, of course,further development, both intellectually and morally. Children’s imaginations flourish, and they endeavour to discover the meaning of humanity. Their minds begin to work in new ways. It is during this stage that intangible and abstract concepts begin to fascinate them, and the questions of“why?” and “how?” are frequently asked. This questioning includes the traditions and values of social coexistence, the structure of language, and the immensity of the universe.
During the first six years of life, children build their basic personality and character, however, at around the age of seven, children begin to go beyond the tangible world, and begin to reach for the stars, to travel across continents and through time. Some call this stage of childhood the period of “pure mind”, a time when the intellectual appetite is insatiable and there is an increased desire to work!
This second stage of development is a period of relative stability and flexibility, in comparison to the previous period of development, and, of course, the period of adolescence that will follow. In the first six years, child development is on a more individual basis, usually within a community setting, mediated and prepared for, by adults. Over the next six years, from 6 to 12 years, child development remains focused on developing as a complete individual, howevernow, children are strongly attracted towards understanding agreements, rules and standards of the world around them and the different communities to which they belong. They begin to be more interested in society.
With regards to the physical changes that mark the transition from infancy (0-6 years) to childhood (6-12 years): milk teeth fall out, the limbs are extended, soft hair becomes harder, and the immune system is strengthened.
During this stage, children realise that any society and community needs to follow agreed rules. It is during these years that children realise that they have their own identity and they are not only somebody’s child, but an individual in their own right.
Montessori Pedagogy focuses on each individual child, respecting their abilities and learning styles, to enhance their unique talents, build self-confidence and strengthen the ability to work on their own initiative. Children work both individually and in groups to undertake projects, integrating all areas of their knowledge to obtain a comprehensive understanding. Personal initiative, problem solving, time management, responsibility, cooperation and collaboration are all encouraged. We also seek to develop children’s strengths, reasoning, and critical thinking. All classrooms areage-appropriate for children’s learning.
During this period, we hope our out-of-school visits help children understand how the world works.
At the end of this stage, it is hoped that children will gain both a moral, and an intellectual independence.
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 to 16:00 including an organic lunch.
Extracurricular Activities: From 16:00.
This video is a good example of work in a Montessori Primary classroom: