We currently cater for up to 75 children between the ages of 3 and 6 in our three pre-primary groups.
Each group is looked after by a Montessori teacher as well as a full-time aide.
In this period of development, the children are absorbing the culture of their group, their society, and developing intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually in a positive social environment.
The environment is prepared to meet the needs of the child for independence. The child is able to choose work - purposeful activity that engages the child mentally and physically.
Through their self-chosen work in the 5 main areas (daily life, sensorial, language, mathematics and cultural), the child develops the abilities and habits of life-long learning and social conduct, self-discipline, decision-making, initiative, interest, concentration, persistence, responsibility, awareness and care towards others.
We currently cater for up to 50 children between the ages of 7 and 9 in our two Lower Primary groups.
In this Conscious Mind period, children continue an active exploration of the world around them, using and consolidating the habits of work and social conduct established in the Pre-Primary years.
Here the children examine the "big picture", the world and their place in it. They begin with a study of the universe and life on earth through zoology, botany, biology, geology, astronomy, geography, history, etc.
The interdependence of all life, and of all humans, is a focus of Montessori education. Through study of the fundamental needs of all humans, consciousness of the shared nature of humanity as well as of the diverse expressions of that nature is developed.
Children are encouraged and assisted to undertake more detailed exploration of areas of interest with a more research-based approach. Excursions and incursions are organised to bring the world to the attention of the children.
Through the use of unique Montessori materials children expand their understanding of language with grammar and sentence analysis. Other language and mathematics work continues, increasingly moving from concrete expression and the use of Montessori apparatus to more abstract work
Daily life activities are similar, but more extended for this age group, with a focus on recycling and environmental issues.
This group caters for up to 30 children from 10 to 12 years of age, all working to develop themselves socially, physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually, which makes for a lively environment. As these children learn to behave socially in a conscious way, they need to give energy to shared as well as individual activities.
Social awareness, both the harmonious functioning of their own group and their place in the world as a whole, is a major focus of development. Purposeful activities, contributing to their own and to the world's social group, develop both their inner faculties and their consciousness of others in the world
Engagement in intelligent physical work, both as a group and individually, allows the children to exercise their muscles, work towards a purpose, plan, design, test out, and also to organise themselves for a common purpose. Examples are the construction and maintenance of their garden area, the installation of a frog habitat or the spreading of sand for play equipment for all to use.
More conceptual exploration of the environment is involved also for these children as they move to a more language-based learning, reading, writing, thinking, discussing and questioning. This continues to be organised so the children know what to take, complete and pack away, just as they have throughout the Montessori School.