School (5-11+ yrs)

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A continuation of Montessori education throughout the primary years. Offering a broad-based curriculum that connects children with the world in a meaningful and thorough way that is both child centred and comprehensive.

Children will study the core subjects of mathematics, english and the sciences alongside a hands-on approach to humanties, art environmental science and technology.

Montessori primary school is predominantly a test-free environment. Children are constantly assessed, negating the need for examinations.

Our teaching staff are qualified to teach both Foundation and Primary years (3-11+). Most are university graduates, all are passionate educators who spend much of their time facilitating learning from outside the box. Whilst we will pay regard to the National Curriculum by mapping our Montessori Curriculum to the New National Strategy (2014), our curriculum will be distinctly Montessori in ethos and approach.

What does this mean?

Children will continue to work in classes that use the three year cycle.

Primary

  • 1st Year Foundation Age: 5 ~ 7
  • 2nd Year Exploration Age: 7 ~ 8
  • 3rd Year Application Age: 8 ~ 9

Each class will be run by a single teacher and guide, this enables the teaching staff to really get to know each child and understand fully how the individual child absorbs learning. This knowledge will reveal how best to facilitate new concepts. This is very difficult to achieve in a single year class environment as children are either just settling in or preparing to move out. It is envisaged that class numbers will be no more than fifteen. Montessori philosophy does not employ key stage testing or examinations, assessment is continous and unobtrusive. Only in the final year will children be introduced to the exam format. Home work other than reading will not be required until the final three terms, unless the 'child' wishes to conduct private study at home.

How will you as parents know whether your child is achieving?

We already use a very successful monitoring and recording system in our Children's House called 'My Montessori Child'. This will extend upward through your child's Montessori journey and will enable you to keep a tab on your child's learning from week to week. Children will also have a portfoilio of work, self assessment sessions and regular parent / student / teacher meetings that will focus on progress and planning.

Upper Primary

  • 1st Year Foundation Age: 9 ~ 10
  • 2nd Year Exploration Age: 10 ~ 11
  • 3rd Year Application Age: 11+

Each year is vital and if the final year is missed, it robs the child of the refinement and mastery of higher skills as well as that important sense of completion.