Thursday / April 27 / 2017

Nursery Shared learning

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Nursery Playtime

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Nursery

In the Nursery and Foundation Stage the school follows the Montessori curriculum within the framework of the Early Years Foundation Stage. The Montessori Method is used to meet the Early Years Goals in the 7 areas of:

  1. 1.Personal Social and Emotional Development (Self Confidence, Managing feelings and behaviour, Making relationships)
  2. 2.Physical Development (Moving and handling, Health and self-care)
  3. 3.Communication and Language (Listening and attention, Understanding, Speaking)
  4. 4.Literacy (Reading, Writing)
  5. 5.Mathematics (Numbers, Shapes, space and measure)
  6. 6.Understanding of the World (People and communities, The World, Technology)
  7. 7.Expressive Art and Design (Exploring and using media and materials, Being imaginative)

 

The Montessori philosophy encourages children to be independent, and to learn through a carefully prepared environment. The education is designed to meet the needs of the child, allowing them to develop at their own pace and build an awareness of others. Our curriculum is nurturing the ‘whole child’ in a structured approach with total child-centered teaching by:

 

While the Montessori Curriculum itself is divided into five parts, the materials that support the introduction and practice of concepts closely meet the benchmarks within the EYFS charter.

The Montessori curriculum is divided into the following areas:

Practical Life: This area is very important in a Montessori classroom. Here, the children carry out simple daily activities such as pouring a drink, tying of shoe laces and sharpening a pencil, polishing, transferring, pouring and threading. It is through these exercises that the child develops the self-confidence, control and concentration essential for the mastery of the other curriculum areas.


Sensorial: The Sensorial materials help the child to become aware of detail. Each of the activities isolates one defining quality, such as colour, weight, shape, texture, size, sound and smell. It is in this area that math concepts are first introduced and internalized. In addition, the Sensorial aspect improves coordination and concentration and frames the groundwork for language.

Mathematics: Through the preparatory exercises of the Practical Life and Sensorial stages, the child is already introduced to mathematics. All the materials are concrete and this allows the child to absorb the basics of mathematics and develop a thorough understanding. The children learn how to share, combine, count, and compare using the materials. The children learn math from using concrete materials while moving to abstract.

Language: The Montessori classroom provides children with the opportunity to develop their vocabulary and self-expression. The children are introduced to phonetic sounds of the alphabet at first and this will lead the child easily to reading. The child is taught to form letters correctly from the start, using the Sandpaper letters.

Cultural: This is the area of the curriculum that introduces the child to science, geography and history. The work is theme based and again there are beautifully designed materials for the children to use. Children explore with complex concepts and learn technical names of new things.

In our Nursery, the Montessori Directresses have had the opportunity to reflect on their practice within the context of the Early Years Foundation Stage (United Kingdom) as based on the key principles underpinning the Montessori ethos and pedagogy.  As child care practitioners, we engage with the Unique Child, Positive Relationships and Enabling Environments in order to provide quality learning and development opportunities for the children in our care. Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFs) gives our Montessorians the opportunity to express their beliefs that in the early years children’s spontaneous learning is of overriding importance and give our teacher the opportunity to demonstrate that the Montessori practice of “following the child.”

 

The four aims for the EYFS are incorporated into our learning environment:

 

• Quality and consistency so that every child makes good progress

• A secure foundation through learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each individual child and are assessed and reviewed regularly;

Partnership working between practitioners and with parents and/or carers; and

• Equality of opportunity ensuring that every child is included and supported.

 

Our environment carefully caters to the overarching principles of EYFS.

A Unique child

Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. Keeping this in mind, our teachers:

• understand and observe children

• support development of positive sense of identity and culture

• identify additional needs

• keep children safe

• value and respect children and families equally

Positive Relationships

Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships. These are fostered in our nursery through practitioners who are:

• warm, loving and foster a sense of belonging

• sensitive and responsive to children’s needs, feelings and interests

• supportive of individual efforts and independence

• consistent in setting clear boundaries

• stimulating

 

Enabling environments

Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, where their experiences respond to their individual needs and where there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents. Our environments offer:

• stimulating resources, relevant to all the children’s cultures and communities

• rich learning opportunities 

• support for children to take risks and explore

 

Within the Montessori curriculum, we follow the best practices of EYFS to ensure that children are developing in all seven areas of learning, each area with its own unique aspects. The areas of learning are organised as follows in the revised EYFS:

 

Areas of Learning and Development

Aspect

Prime area: Personal Social and Emotional Development

  • Self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Managing feelings and Behaviour
  • Making relationships

Prime area: Communication and language

  • Listening and attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking

Prime area: Physical Development

  • Moving and Handling
  • Health and Self Care

Literacy

  • Reading
  • Writing

Mathematics

  • Numbers
  • Shapes, space and measures

Understanding the World

  • People and Communities
  • The World
  • Technology

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Exploring and using media and materials
  • Being Imaginative

 

Children who will complete 4 years of age by December 31st of the academic year in which they wish to enroll, may attend the pre-school. The premises consists of spacious, bright classrooms and includes separate rooms for music and movement and indoor play when there is inclement weather. In addition, there is are large outdoor play areas and an Early Years Centre scaffold learning outside the classroom.

With effect from academic year 2012-2013, at Foundation Stage we offer the Montessori curriculum within the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, and at Year 1 we offer the Integrated Cambridge Primary with Montessori curriculum.

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