The Montessori curriculum has six areas of learning corresponding to the six Areas of Learning and Development indentified in the compulsory Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Practical Life EYFS Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Sensorial EYFS Personal, Social and Emotional Development
AND Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
Mathematics EYFS Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
Language EYFS Communication, Language and Literacy
Culture EYFS Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Creative Activities EYFS Creative and physical Development
We use a Montessori sensorial approach with sandpaper letters to make learning tactile. Later we use a simple wordbuilding approach using a large movable alphabet.
We have a nature/growing table and hands on displays such as mirrors and reflections, magnets, the senses and floating and sinking. We deal with issues such as ideas of weight, height and distance, volume and mass, measurement and introduce the concept of time. The children are also able to explore a range of natural substances such as clay, sand, wood and water. We also like to cook.
We have constructions toys, puzzles and equipment for stringing, matching, counting and sequencing.
Art and Design
We have a range of activities such as painting and making models and cards.
These sessions are optional and entertaining. Self-expression and individuality is
enriched by a specialist teacher for music. The music session is fun and children
take part in some singing, percussion and music and movement.
These lessons are optional and entertaining. They contain various activities such
as games, songs, simple commands, rhymes and photo stories.
Cooking is available most weeks on a Monday if childen want to cook.